Some women have the good fortune of having periods that pass by without event, while some have the misfortune of having painful cramps associated with each period. But before you reach for that bottle of ibuprofen, consider these natural remedies for cramps!
You might wonder how on earth you can exercise when in pain. However, brisk walking or any kind of aerobic exercise helps release endorphins in your brain and soothe your cramps.
Amp up the heat:
Cramps are caused due to the contraction of muscles and applying heat will help ease the pain. Heating pads or even a water bottle filled with hot water applied to your abdomen might help ease the pain.
Drink some tea:
Herbal teas like chamomile or peppermint contain chemicals that aid the release of oxytocin, the relaxing hormone, and prostaglandin, an anti-inflammatory. It’s a double win – you get to relax and enjoy a drink!
Get that Vitamin D:
Soak in the sun or eat food like tuna, salmon, egg yolks, cheese, almonds, and soy milk to absorb Vitamin D. Vitamin D or Calciferol is a fat-soluble vitamin that can help reduce inflammation and alleviate cramps.
Give your diet a Magnesium Makeover
Your menstrual cycle involves both your nerves and muscles and magnesium helps regulate the functioning of both these systems while preventing water retention which causes bloating. Eating a lot of leafy greens and food such as bananas, avocados, and even dark chocolate helps boost the magnesium in your diet.
Hope these natural remedies help you with your next period. Comment below if you have any other helpful tips!