9 Natural Ways to Relieve Your Period Pain
It is estimated that more than half of all women will suffer from some period pain for more than one day every month. Although these are more often than not, completely normal, that is not to say that they do not impede on your everyday life.
The good news is, that aside from normal painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, there are a number of natural things that you can do to help relieve the pain. They normally present themselves as throbbing or cramping pains in the lower abdomen. This is as the muscles of your womb contract and relax to get rid of built-up lining. Whilst this can cause different amounts of pain for women, it should be noted that if you are experiencing from very severe cramps that do not ease, regardless of what you ty, you should make an appointment to see your GP, as this can be a sign of a more serious menstrual problem.
Here are just some natural remedies that you can try to help alleviate your cramps.
Eating well during the time of your period can really make a difference to the cramps that you experience.
Try reducing your fat intake, and eat plenty of fresh vegetables. A diet that is low in fat will decrease the overall inflammation in your body, as well as generally promote good health.
Try to get more magnesium into your diet as well, as this will ease the pain of cramps, as it can help to regulate nerve and muscle functioning. Look for food such as dry almonds and boiled spinach.
On top of this, look for foods and drink that will not cause bloating or water retention. Alcohol, and carbonated drinks and salty foods are all common culprits.
Drink herbal tea:
Herbal teas are really great at helping to combat menstrual pain. The trick is to start sipping on your chosen herbal tea, a week or so before your period is due.
Both peppermint and chamomile teas are great, as they will not only help to relax you, but chamomile tea increases the glycine levels in your urine, which is known for helping to relieve muscle spasms, and act as a nerve relaxant.
If you are taking medication, particularly blood thinners, it is really important that you speak to your doctor before trying this though.
Acupuncture is used to treat a number of different medical ailments, including to relieve the nausea and vomiting that is caused by chemotherapy.
That is not all though, acupuncture can be used to help relieve the pain of menstrual cramps. It will help to relax the nervous system, which will cause a stronger blood flow to the internal organs, which will have an anti-inflammatory effect, thus relieving pain.
Whilst exercise is probably the last thing that you will want to do when you have period pain, it really can work wonders at relieving the pain.
This is because exercise releases endorphins, which will help to boost your mood and decrease your perception of pain. Pick what you find fun. The last thing you want to do when you are in pain is do a workout when you really would rather be anywhere else.
Use heat pads:
We have all curled up on the sofa when we have period pain, and this really can help to ease the pain. Although this is one of the oldest natural remedies, heat is really great at helping the muscles to relax and increase the blood flow to the tissues.
A range of different studies have actually confirmed that applying a heat pack actually reduced a women’s period pain. If you do not have a hot water bottle, or a heat pack, a warm bath will be just as effective.
Get a massage:
Using different essential oils, along with a massage, is a really effective way of relieving menstrual cramps.
One study, published in an American journal, found that women who massaged their lower abdomen with lavender oil, clary sage or marjoram at the end of their period, right through to the beginning of the next one, actually reported less pain or at least a shorter duration of main, compared with those who received a cream containing a synthetic fragrance.
Take fish oil or vitamin B1:
Adding either of these to your daily regime is a great way of getting some relief from period pain.
A study, published in the Global Journal of Health Science discovered that the women who took with fish oil, vitamin B1, or both, noted that they had significantly less pain than those who took nothing at all.
Ensure that you are properly hydrated by drinking lots of water. Ironically, drinking plenty of water will help to prevent your body from retaining water, and avoid bloating, which can add to the pain.
Hot or warm water is much better for cramps, as it will help to increase the blood flow, and help to relax cramped muscles. If you get bored of drinking water, you can eat foods that are water based as well, including celery, lettuce, watermelon, or cucumbers.
Up your calcium intake:
Calcium is a vital mineral that we need to stay healthy, but during menstruation it is normal to need a little extra. This is because calcium can help to reduce muscle cramping, with health professionals recommending that you take 1,000mg every day between the ages of 19 and 50.
Although you can get a calcium supplement, there are a number of different food items which are rich in calcium, including; dairy products, sesame seeds, almonds and leafy green vegetables.
Just like all supplements though, make sure you speak to your doctor before upping your intake, particularly if you are taking any other medication at the time.