One of the major side effects of endometriosis is incredible bloating, especially before your monthly. I first noticed I had endometriosis just by the fact that I needed two sets of clothes for different times of the month—one was one size larger than the other!
So, why do we bloat so much?
Well, because we have a higher estrogen level than we should, our bodies retain more water. We also bloat because we are simply sore. The muscle that is responsible for getting rid of our monthly contracts and causes additional tension in the area.
Here are some little tips I use to help with the monthly bloat:
This is my favorite friend and helps with heaps of other stuff too. I get two bunches of it and simply eat it raw. It isn’t that bad but if you really don’t like the taste, make tea out of it and add some honey to it. Once I read all the benefits, it really made the taste seem minor!
Check this out:
- Natural diuretic
- Stimulates the kidneys so will get rid of waste
- Nourishes the liver
- Strengthens adrenal glands
- Lowers heart rate
- Reduces blood pressure
- Fresh breath—added bonus!
- It contains more calcium than a glass of milk
- Has double the amount of iron as spinach
- Has more vitamin C than oranges
- More beta carotene than carrots (good for your eyes)
I use the seeds rather than the actual herb as they contain more benefits and after all that parsley, I can’t stomach more green grass!
So, get the dill seeds and have them with hot water. Two teaspoons a week is all you need.
I usually take these two days before my monthly.
It also has the benefit of calming our digestion and relieving gas, which can help with that bloated feeling.
Vegetables to add and increase over the week before your period:
- Asparagus: I have a cup of these every two days in the week before.
- Cucumber: one a day one week before my period.
Now, you may decide to explore some other diuretics or you may find some diuretic teas. Whatever you do, avoid fennel. It contains estrogen, which we really want to avoid.
Also, I find I don’t drink pure water. It might just be me but I find I actually feel less bloated when I add something to the water, like lemon, ginger or of course some dill seeds. Also, drinking things warm or hot also helps reduce the bloating. Sipping water is also better than gulping water and I also avoid drinking water before and during meals.
Dandelion tea leaves are also fabulous as a diuretic and are a much nicer alternative to just plain water.
Naturally, our digestion will affect our bloating so it is important to ensure you are regular, but that is a whole other topic so feel free to look up ways to reduce digestive issues. Bloating is very closely related to our digestion, which could be indicative of a gluten intolerance. It might be worth getting onto some fermented foods to help your body digest things easier.
You can also try my fabulous new tea, which alleviates bloating.
Stimulating release of liquid waste will make all that bloated feeling go away. It does mean you will need to go to the toilet more but hey, it is a great opportunity to take five minutes out of a busy day to breathe!
Do you get really bad bloating? What alleviates your bloated feeling? Have you noticed a difference since cutting out gluten?