By Staff Blogger
For some women, bloating can makes the difference between fitting into your new dress and not fitting or between going to a major event and not going because you feel like you look pregnant (and you’re not). Besides the way bloating makes women look, it also makes us feel very uncomfortable and miserable.
This miserable condition usually shows up around “that time of the month” but has been known to make an appearance at other times during a woman’s cycle. While there are many over-the-counter drugs that can help with bloating, some women may not want to take drugs. The following are some simple home remedies that can help:
1. Avoid Salt
Around the time you expect your period, drastically reduce your salt intake. Sodium increases fluid retention, so don’t use the salt shaker. And if recipes call for salt, try adding more pepper or another spice instead. But, most importantly, cut down on processed foods and fast foods, all of which are overflowing with salt.
2. Eat Bananas
Go ape and grab a few bananas. Slice ’em on your cereal, make a smoothie, or just peel and eat them plain. Bananas contain high amounts of potassium, which helps eliminate fluid retention. Not a banana fan? Gobble down a handful of raisins instead.
3. Use Ice Packs
When ankles puff up, applying an ice pack can help bring them back to normal size. Place ice cubes in a plastic bag with a zipper seal, wrap a light towel around the bag, and apply for five to ten minutes. A bag of frozen veggies also works well. In summertime, dip legs (ankle-deep) into a bath of ice water. People who have diabetes or poor circulation in their feet should skip the ice bath, however, unless directed to use it by their physician.