Premenstrual syndrome or PMS can cause both air and fluid retention. When estrogen starts to fluctuate, it affects aldosterone, a hormone that affects the way your kidneys hold on to water. During PMS, you’ll retain more water. Bloating can also be a warning sign for certain serious diseases.
Attack Plan: Take 200 mg of magnesium daily to reduce fluid retention.
- Magnesium rich foods, like navy beans or unsalted pumpkin seeds, are a good natural source of this mineral. A cup of navy beans will provide you with 100 mg; a handful of pumpkin seeds have just under 200 mg.
- To get the maximum benefit, start taking a magnesium supplement or eating magnesium-rich foods at least 2 weeks before your period begins.
- Reduce salt intake. Salt only worsens bloating.