It’s that time of the month again. You’re plagued with monster menstrual cramps that just won’t let up. Instead of popping aspirin like candy for a little relief, try curing your cramps naturally with these natural remedies.
Diet is Key
The worse you eat, the worse you’ll feel. We know the first thing you want to do is reach for the chocolate or greasy fries but trust us, you’ll regret it later. Eat cleansing foods like fruits and salads to restore some balance to your out-of-whack body. Avoid sugar, flour-based products like bread and pasta, rich heavy food and anything with preservatives. Your tummy will thank you.
Take your Mulit-vitamin
We know remembering to take your one-a-day can be a tough task but come period time you’ll want to be religious about it. Zinc, calcium and B vitamins help to reduce cramps, bloating and other menstrual symptoms.
Do Some Light Exercise
You’re bloated, in pain and just want to veg out, but light exercise will ease your cramps. Try low impact workouts like yoga, Pilates or walking. Or you can just try these floor exercises: Lie down and elevate your legs by putting a pillow under your knees or lie on your side and bring your knees up to your chest to relieve back pressure.
Turn Up the Heat
Soothe those contracting muscles with a little heat. You can use a heating pad or soak in a bath with warm water with some essential oils like relaxing chamomile or lavender.
Go the Herbal Route
Herbal remedies such as Viburnum prunifolium, Scutellaria spp. and Cimicifuga raemosa have an antispasmodic effect (aka they suppress muscle spasms) that will help reduce menstrual cramps.
Drink Some Tea
A cup of chamomile tea will have a warm, relaxing effect on your body. Add in a few teaspoons of honey with is a natural pain reliever.
In general, getting enough sleep is crucial to one's health. But, believe us when we say, be especially diligent during pms-prone times. Interruptions in your regular sleep rhythms can interfere with your regular cycle and result in even more irritability, fatigue and stomach cramping.
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