The body during your periods makes you retain more water than you need. This makes you feel bloated and lethargic. The best way to get rid of this lethargy is to reduce the amount of water in your body. To take care of this there are several home treatments.
It needs water to get rid of water. Drink plenty of water and non caffeine drinks. Green tea and decaf coffee are great drinks. Drink them warm to offer you relief. Green tea is especially good as it helps to boost your metabolism; something that your body is in need off. Stay away from carbonated drinks though as the gas in them makes you feel bloated.
Eat foods that are water based. Tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and melons are all water based and they help to add to the water content in your body. By adding fresh water your body will flush out the stale and unwanted water quotient.
You must also make sure to stay away from foods that are high in salt. Sodium helps to retain water in your body and at this point in time it is something that your body does not need in high quantities. Foods that are high in salt include fast foods like chicken wings, chips, pickles, olives and any foods with preservatives.
In order to reduce the water retention in your body you must make sure that you exercise. Moving more than you need to during your periods seems to be unnecessary according to you; but it is extremely important that your body get the right amount of exercise in order to avoid retaining water. It is important that you are active even during your periods. This helps to ease cramps as well.
Avoid caffeine in all forms during your periods. Teas, coffees and chocolates are the main sources of caffeine so is carbonated drinks. You must make sure that you avoid these drinks as far as possible to help retain lesser water in your body. Substitute chocolate with dry fruits like dates and raisins. They satisfy your craving for sweets at the same time they help to increase your energy levels.