Welcome to the world of hormonal fluctuations. Unfortunately, this is a natural occurrence for both women and men. The larger portion of symptoms usually all in a woman lap, due to hormonal changes every month. The motion comes in waves for us ladies – and some months may be a lot more challenging than others.
Our hormones control so many of the bodies process, that include metabolism and reproduction. Too much or too little of one hormone can upset the fine balance of this structure. That’s why so many people become caught in the constant cycle of lean and then retaining water.
These fine changes not only appear on our bodies but also cause a few disruptions to our overall quality of life. For instance, they can cause us to sweat, weaken our muscles and even increase our hunger or thirst. You may recall a time during the month perhaps when you felt extra hungry, tired or even sore. It can definitely have a lot to do with your training regime, although sometimes it’s a hormonal imbalance symptom.
At various stages during a woman life, she will experience fluctuations. This Is caused by puberty, menopause, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
There may come a stage in a man’s life when he’s not producing enough testosterone, which can cause a few bodily changes too.
What causes this
One of the most likely causes in both a male and female is stress. In our day and age now, men and women are stressed beyond a doubt, a lot more than in recent times. The flight or fight instance for anyone can overexert the nervous system, increasing our chances of developing the disease. Couple that with a diet that’s not adequate, and lack of exercise, can cause disease, including diabetes & thyroid problems.
If it’s not medical, then what
A lot of people may not know that certain foods can cause disruption in the digestive tract. Food allergies can also trigger bloating or even digestive disturbances, perhaps even some fluid retention. I have food allergies myself, and all it takes is one incorrect ingredient, and that can set off the immune system to react. This can quickly cause bloating and fluid build-up. It can take up to a couple of days or more to clear up. The same symptoms can appear when you eat salty foods, or anything containing a lot of sugars and processed ingredients. Everyone will react in a different way. Sometimes overeating fats like nuts and or coconut can cause bloating.
How to overcome bloating
There is no hard and fast rule with this one. I practice intermittent fasting daily and find that this alone cures the bloating and fluid retention. Drinking lots of fluids such as water and herbal teas help a lot. Sometimes a hydration drink may be a good alternative. This will help flush the culprit foods. If it does take a couple of days, then perhaps it may be a good idea to monitor your foods and see what could be the trigger. As annoying as this is, at least you will know what to avoid.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Sometimes it can be the result of nothing in particular. Maybe you ate too fast or your body just had a moment. I have days like this all the time, and it’s very obvious when you take progression shots. So do take the good with the bad – and everything in between – just suck that stomach in as much as you can 🙂