Period Cramps Home Remedies & Natural Treatments
Period Cramps Diet
We can minimize cramping during our monthly menstruation by eating a healthier diet. Period cramps are a side effect of a women’s monthly period and can be very painful to the point that they have to lie in bed all day. One of the best natural home remedies for period cramps is to make healthy life style changes. The most important lifestyle change a person can make is to adopt a healthy diet. Most physical issues can be easily solved by simply eating a healthier diet. You may ask, what is a healthier diet? One man who can answer that question better than anyone else is Dr. John McDougall M.D. Dr. McDougall discovered over thirty years ago that many common health issues are the result of the foods that we eat. Americans have one of the unhealthiest diets compared to other countries. The most common diet in America is a diet based on high consumption of animal products, dairy, fats, oils and highly processed foods. All of these foods are a major cause of many health issues including those linked to excessive cramping during a woman’s period. Dr. McDougall noticed that people living in other countries who eat their natural traditional diet tend to be healthier, and have fewer issues while they are on their periods. So after he finished his research and made his conclusion he came up with a diet plan that could change the health of all people. This diet consists of grains, potatoes, vegetables, fruits, and based around starches. For more information go to Natural Diet for Period Cramps.
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Avoid Fats and Oils
The western diet gets a whopping 47% of calories from fats (this includes oils) and this should be no more than 5%. This does two things which make periods painful and bleeding more excessive. Fats are known to increase estrogen output to excessive levels. Each month, a woman’s body naturally makes a little more estrogen to initiate the period. When the estrogen is excessive, so is the cramping and bleeding. In addition, fat makes the blood thick and sludge-like which also increases the pain of the period because the blood cannot flow easily.
One way to help with the pain of period cramps is to use heat. Heat is so soothing to a woman who has bad cramps during her period; I know this because I have endured this type of pain. A hot water bottle is an excellent way to help alleviate the pain and suffering of bad cramping. The heat will help with blood circulation and so that more blood can get to all the parts of your body and that in and of itself will stop the cramps. Heat the water up in a pot on the stove until it reaches the tempature of one hundred and five degrees and then poor the water into the bottle and seal it. Be careful while you are filling the hot water bottle because you do not want to scald yourself. I have my husband help me hold the bottle open while I fill it. Apply the bottle to your abdomen area for fifteen minutes while you are lying down. Do not use an electric heating pad as the alternating electric current creates an alternating magnetic field that is known in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda to have a detrimental effect on living organisms.
A great way to increase your blood flow and relax your muscles is to drink some chamomile tea when you are on your period. Chamomile tea is so yummy and soothing. Making this home remedy is very simple; just add two teaspoons of dried chamomile leaves to one cup of boiling water. Allow the mixture continue boiling for another five minutes. After the five minutes are up remove the tea from the heating source and set it on a cool surface so that it can cool off and steep before you drink it. If you get cramps while on your period drink the tea every day as needed. Chamomile tea is also very helpful to drink before bed because it has a natural calming effect and is a natural sleep aid.
Keeping hydrated while on your period will help you to avoid cramps. The water will increase your blood flow so that you can get blood to all of your muscle hence you will avoid cramps to begin with. Drinking over one hundred ounces of water every day while on period will really help.
Coffee and other caffeinated drinks can be very bad for you while you are on your period because these drinks dehydrate you which can cause your blood circulation to slow down. Avoiding caffeinated drinks will help keep your blood circulating and avoid cramping.
Vitamins and Minerals
Taking vitamins and minerals everyday is a great way to help your body to avoid cramps while you are on your period. Many minerals are important to your body while you are menstruating. These minerals include magnesium, zinc, and calcium. Vitamin B is also very important to your body so that it can help support your blood circulation while menstruating.
Ginger has been proven to aid the body while it is it in pain by soothing the pain and increasing the blood flow so that your muscles get proper blood circulation. Cut up one handful of ginger roots into thin slices then add the slices into eight ounces of boiling water. Let the mixture steep for fifteen minutes before straining it. Once you strained out the slices of ginger root drink it slowly. Do this every time you are suffering from cramps to give yourself some relief.
A great substitute for the water bottle is a hot kitchen towel. Take one kitchen towel and soak it in hot water that is about one hundred and five degrees. Once you have completely soaked your towel ring it out and place it on you abdomen for fifteen minutes.
Yoga is a great form of relaxation for a person and can help you feel better while you are your period. It can also help you avoid cramps so that you don’t suffer. The yoga will help increase your blood circulation, so that blood can get to your muscles so they don’t contract and cause your cramps.
Adding mint or wintergreen products to your tea will help reduce the cramps that you experience while on your period. You can also suck on mint or wintergreen flavored candies for the same effect, either way you can give yourself some relief from cramps through the consumption of mint.
To give you a break from period cramps try taking a mineral bath. Draw up a bath with warm water and mix in one cup of sea salt and one cup baking soda. Soak in the bath tub for twenty minutes so that you can relax your muscles and increase your blood circulation. I also use Epsom salt in my bath when I pain because the Epsom salt helps to draw out toxins and it also relieves muscle aches and pain.
A great way to regulate your periods and keep from having cramps while you’re on it is by juicing with parsley. Parsley is very good at regulating blood flow so that you don’t have cramps. Juicing a combination of beets, cucumbers, carrots, and parsley daily will help heal your cramping.
Caffeic acid is a pain killing agent that is found in basil, which can help with cramps while you are on your period. Making a tea with basil or adding basil into your cooking are the two ways you can make use of this natural healing herb. If you go the tea route you will need to add two teaspoons of basil to one pint of boiling water. Seal the container that you put the water and basil in and let it cool down. Drink one half cup to one full cup of the tea every hour of the day so that you get the full benefit of the basil’s healing powers.
Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties that are good for fighting off cramps. When on your period sprinkle some cinnamon in your cereal or in some tea to avoid cramps.
Crushed fennel will help increase your blood flow so that you don’t suffer from cramps. Adding two teaspoons of crushed fennel to one cup of boiling water will help you. Add the fennel and then let it steep for five minutes, strain and drink it.
Adding two teaspoons of fenugreek seeds to some almond milk is a great natural home remdy for period cramps. Do this every time you feel the cramps coming on and you will relieve your suffering. Heat the almond milk to boiling then add the fenugreek seeds and turn of the heat. Let it steep for 30 minutes.
Drinking a solution made of coriander seeds is very helpful in relieving cramps caused menstruation. Adding fifteen coriander seeds to eight ounces of boiling water is a great way to reduce the pain caused by cramps. Let the mixture simmer for five minutes then remove it from the heat so that it can cool off. You can add honey to make your tea taste better because the tea can be bitter.
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