Natural Ways to Deal with Your Menstrual Cramps

Ladies, you know the struggle that comes every month. The pain of cramps reminding you of what’s coming. Different women have different levels of pain with their cramps. Some women are blessed with mild pain while other women have such extreme pain they feel like they cant breathe, see, think or will survive the pain…and this is something that will come every month. A lot of times there is no choice but to take prescribed medication. Over time, month after month, year after year its a lot of medication we are putting into our bodies that may be effecting our health (even though it helps with the pain). Its important to consider more natural remedies and lifestyle changes to deal with it. I know a number of females who had such high levels or cramps for many years of their life, and after changing their lifestyle over the years, its changed the pain of their cramps significantly. It is possible, and you have nothing to loose by trying it out. Feel it out for yourself and see what feels best for you.

  • Diet, diet, diet will make a difference in the level of pain with your cramps: there are chemicals from traces of the fat stored in our cells that effect inflammation, muscle contractions, blood clotting and pain which can effect period cramps. The higher estrogen levels in the body, the more effects it will have on the uterine cells (causing cramp pain). Increase intake of anything that helps reduce inflammation. Focus on eating: high fiber vegetables, legumes, fruits and whole grains. Avoid dairy, animal fats, alcohol, caffine, vegetable oils, fatty foods and sugar.
  • omega 3, fish oil, magnesium (relaxes the muscles), fiber
  • Ginger (helps with inflammation)
  • Cinnamon (anti inflammatory)
  • (Safely) increase vitamin D and B intake
  • Drinking tea: cinnamon, ginger, chamomile, fennel
  • Physical exercise (as hard and it may be). The increased blood flow and endorphins help reduce cramping pain. Start off slow and light with yoga (cobra, cat-cow and fish pose), going for a walk, and abdominal focused routines.
  • Apply heat, heating pads can help open up blood vessels and improve blood flow or taking a hot bath
  • Castor oil wrap not an immediate relief but works for a long term effect. Apply this a few times during the week before your period. Apply castor oil to the belly, place wool cloth on top, then plastic wrap together and place hot pack in a towel on top. Leave for 20-30 min.
  • Rub essential oil: lavender, jasmine, rosemary
  • Consider changing your brand of tampons and pads: may of them contain harmful chemicals like dioxin, bleach and rayon fibers
  • Try to get more sleep

 


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