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Bleeding out of your vagina for seven days each month is already the pits (those cramps that come with it aren't a picnic, either)—but honestly, do you have to suffer from bloating too?
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At least you're not alone—an estimated 70 percent of women experience bloating during their period, says Diana Bitner, M.D., a Michigan-based ob-gyn.
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You can thank fluctuations in estrogen levels and a sharp drop in progesterone right before your period. "When estrogen levels are higher, our bodies tend to retain water," says Meggie Smith, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist - University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.
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“High-potassium foods like bananas, cantaloupe, tomatoes, & asparagus help promote a good balance of fluids,” says Isabel Smith, R.D., dietitian & fitness expert.
“The same goes for healthy fats like chia, nuts, & salmon. These help lower prostaglandins, the group of hormones that cause bloat and muscle contraction."
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