Menstrual cramps reach unbearable degrees of pain, but you don’t have to put up with all this pain in order to avoid the side effects of medical painkillers. Menstrual cramps can be eased with the help of natural home remedies which are easily available. Say farewell to suffering from monthly pain and go for the following effective relieves.
10. Apply Heat
Warm your abdomen and lower back by placing a heating pad on each alternatively. You can make a DIY heating pad by sewing together two pieces of fabric and leaving a hole for filling it with rice. Then, heat the pad in the microwave for a bearable temperature and it is ready to use.
Muscle cramping during periods can be eased with calcium. You don’t have to consume artificial calcium supplements, but you can intake sufficient amounts of the mineral by eating almonds, sesame, leafy greens and off course dairy products. If you will resort to supplements, consult your physician for the proper dosage.
Exercise functions as a painkiller because it releases endorphins in the body. In the case of menstruation, it might seem counterintuitive to workout, which is true for rigorous exercise, but walking or doing gentle yoga can be helpful. Workout doesn’t only release endorphins but it also helps in relaxation, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and relieving stress.
7. Don’t Consume These
Fatty foods, carbonated beverages and alcohol all make the body retain water and thus cause bloating. These factors contribute to worsening menstrual pain, so avoid them as much as possible. Refraining from fatty foods and alcohol has significant health benefits that will make you feel much better throughout the month.
6. Drink Water
Water retention is caused by your body trying to save you from dehydration and this causes bloating. Prevent this phenomenon during menstruation by hydrating your body well by drinking water and eating water-based foods like watermelon, lettuce, cucumbers, berries and celery.
5. Consume Proper Nutrients
When menstruating, you lose iron that you can replace by eating leafy greens, chicken and fish. Certain foods rich in manganese like almonds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts can reduce cramps. You can also ease bloating by eating brown rice which is rich with vitamin B6. Consuming broccoli and olive oil will provide you with necessary vitamin E.
4. Drink Ginger Tea
Cut ginger into little pieces then place them into boiled water, leave it to infuse then drink the resultant fluid. Ginger not only relieves pain, but it is also used to regulate periods. This mix can also help in alleviating symptoms of other conditions such as common cold, headaches and influenza.
3. Eat Papaya or Drink Its Juice
Papaya is like a treasure with its high nutritional value and low calories. For instance, it is rich with vitamins A and C and carotene. Papaya also contains little amounts of minerals such as iron and calcium. The contents of this spectacular fruit help in digestion and relieve period pain.
2. Stay Away from Caffeine
Caffeine consumption increases tension and thus aggravates menstrual cramps. You can replace coffee and caffeinated drinks with other soothing drinks such as mints, water flavored with lemon or ginger teas. Take care of foods containing caffeine such as chocolates and coffee flavored desserts.
Cinnamon is a very effective spice in relieving menstrual cramps as it contains minerals such as iron and calcium. The great thing about cinnamon is that it can be added to all kinds of recipes from main dishes to desserts. You can even make a cinnamon tea by boiling water with cinnamon powder or cinnamon sticks.