Menstrual cramps – every woman has experienced this at least once in her life, and an unfortunate small percentage go through this hurdle every month.
So how do you battle this monthly malady?
There are several ways to do it naturally. Here are some of them.
Natural supplements like magnesium powder and calcium tablets can effectively help ease the pains and cramps felt before and during menstruation. They come in different varieties, one of the most trusted brands being Herbs of Gold.
Take note though that supplements should not be taken in large amounts over a long time. Be sure to check the label and take the supplement only as directed.
To get rid of menstrual pains, there are certain foods you need to include and exclude in your diet.
- Food to eat
Foods rich in antioxidants and calcium are good to eat to avoid pre-menstrual cramps. These include spinach, kale, squash, tomatoes, cherries, almonds, sesame seeds and dairy products. Also include fish as these contain Omega 3 fatty acids, which provide an anti-inflammatory effect to help reduce the pain.
- Food not to eat
Any processed and refined foods such as white bread and pasta should be avoided. Fatty foods, (such as fries and commercially baked goods), caffeine, alcohol and carbonated beverages should also be avoided.
Aside from these, you should also drink lots of water during your period. This will help you avoid the painful bloating that usually comes with it.
While exercise may be the last thing on your mind to combat the pain that menstrual cramps bring, it is actually a very effective measure against this monthly discomfort. It is advisable to do 30-minutes of exercise each day. This will help blood circulation and help reduce the pain felt during menstruation. Yoga, tai chi and meditation also help relieve the pain experienced during periods.
So when’s your next period? Before the dreaded day comes, make sure you’ve followed these natural tips above to prevent or help reduce the pain that menstrual cramps bring.
Browse through our Natural Health Organics online health food store for that dose of natural supplement. Aside from products that help alleviate menstrual pains and cramps, we also have natural products to help maintain general well-being like olive leaf extract and fish oil.