PMS and Water Retention

PMS and Water Retention – I had a question from a listener of my radio show.  Her question was “I thought PMS was a water retention problem, not a protein problem.”   Water retention is a symptom of PMS, but not the actual problem.

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PMS and Water Retention – Yes water retention can be a common symptom of PMS and there are two reasons for it.  I’ll give you those reasons in a second, but to be clear water retention doesn’t cause PMS, it is a symptom of PMS.  The cause of PMS is a protein deficiency which essentially robs the cycle of the calcium it needs to carry out in a healthy manner.  Here are the reasons for water retention:

The most common cause of PMs and water retention is hormonal changes and imbalance due to the increase of estrogen that starts slowly in the premenstrual stage and is excessive in the follicular stage.  The luteal stage sees the estrogen diminish and progesterone increase which maintains an imbalance. This causes fluid to be retained in the feet, hand, legs and abdomen.  Another cause of water retention is the dehydration that can occur before and during the period but mostly before.  Women often do not drink enough water in these stages of the cycle. Dehydration always leads to water retention as the body tries to keep what it has. Finally if a woman has high sodium this will increase the fluid retention.

Diet is Key

Diet is a big factor in water retention during menstruation because of the many properties in food to retain or expel fluid and how you eat is as important as what you eat. Things to avoid include refined sugar. Avoid simple carbohydrates in favor of complex carbohydrates.  There should be plenty of fiber and lean protein as well. It is recommended that smaller meals be eaten 4-5 times a day instead of three large meals. Additionally, eat foods that have a lot of iron. It is also important to eat foods that have high amounts of water so that this fluid can help the kidneys to flush out all the fluid in the body. These foods include berries, watermelon, cucumbers and lettuce.  And where should your fiber come from – you’ve heard me say it a million times – FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.

Our Approach

While we don’t treat diseases (including PMS and water retention), we do support healthy menstrual function.  This of course includes supporting a healthy cycle.  If the cycle is healthy, and has all of the vital nutrients it needs, it is much less likely to cause problems.  We accomplish this with a comprehensive approach.  First, chiropractic care can help maintain healthy nerve flow to the organs.  This helps those organs work properly.  Next, with the right combination of diet and enzyme supplements we can support healthy protein and calcium digestion, absorption and use.  Typically we will focus on protein, however each case is different.  For that reason we only make recommendations after scientific testing based on sound medical principles.

Do you suffer from severe symptoms from your cycle?  Does it affect your work, family life or active lifestyle?  If so, you can contact us one of several ways to set up a consultation. You can reach us on the web, stop by our office in Redmond, WA, or call us at 425-868-0120. Then I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life. I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA). In fact did you know that both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America rely on BIA? These tests help me determine if you are a good candidate for care. If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.


After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  Furthermore, his extensive knowledge of enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

PMS and Water Retention
PMS and Water Retention