Have you ever had PMS bloating? The image that probably pops into your head is a girl putting her hands on her belly and asking her boyfriend, “Do I look fat to you?”
Well, I used to be that girl. Perhaps you are that girl. On one hand, it’s a relief to know that you haven’t really gained weight, and that you’re not pregnant either, if having a baby isn’t part of your plans. Your swollen belly is just a sign of one of the typical symptoms of PMS called PMS bloating.
On the other hand, PMS bloating can be annoying, which means you can’t wear your skinny jeans and cute tight-fitting dresses. It can be quite uncomfortable for some people as well.
The good news is that you don’t have to take diuretics and go to the bathroom every 20 minutes.
Watercress is an excellent natural diuretic that can help alleviate the bloated sensation and excess water retention of PMS bloating.
Even better, watercress is considered one of the most highly nutritious vegetables. This delightful peppery leaf is packed with vitamin A, B and E, antioxidants, as well as minerals such as icon, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, phosphorous, iodine, zinc and copper. And as you may know, many of these vitamins and minerals are known to help relieve PMS symptoms.
The fun part is that get you can really creative with watercress. You can toss it into a salad, or use it to make soups, quiches, dumplings, and even risottos. Get your inspiration with some watercress recipes here.
Today I made a simple stir-fry with watercress, garlic, mushrooms, green pepper and cashew nuts. With some brown rice, it will make a delightful and healthy lunch. Yum! Can’t wait!