Home Remedies to Get Rid of Menstrual Cramps
Menstrual cramps are more of a widely used term especially in girls who have more pain than the others of same age and group. The actual cause is yet unknown but it is totally normal to feel discomfort around your abdomen and lower part of the body. Some may feel nausea, vomiting, headache and even diarrhea in severe menstrual cramps but they can be relieved trying some of these home remedies. For those who have serious cramps, here are some simple tips you can follow to minimize the pain.
When I’m saying exercise, it does not necessarily mean that you go through some strenuous exercise when you hardly can move. A little walk in the room or a little physical activity can help you get relieved of the belly pain. In such a situation the idea of aerobic exercise is not bad which will help you m=pump more blood throughout the whole body and ease the pain. Also, it releases endorphins which counteract prostaglandins released by the body and reduce the cramps in the body. if you’re the one who is prone to severe menstrual cramps then you should exercise like 3-4 times a week to keep your body in good health.
Find a Heat Source:
That could either be a water bottle of hot water or any heating pads which when applied to the abdomen soothes the cramps. You can either sit in front of a heating source to relieve your uterus of menstrual cramps. There are also heating patches and pads available in the market which can be a good alternative to water bottles. They regulate the temperature at a moderate level and soothe your abdomen.
Drink Something Hot, Anything :
You will feel the urge to drink something warm that could either be tea, coffee or green tea. You can grab whatever is near to you or what you can easily make. But a recent study has declared chamomile tea as the best reliever as it contains some chemicals of medicinal values and actually does work on your body. instead of taking painkillers which can either be harmful you can take chamomile tea to get rid of all the risks and get relieved too. As soon as you start feeling the cramps you can drink a cup of it to ease your body and minimize the pain. You can continue taking it until the cramps last as for some it is just first two days while for others may be four days.
Enough of Vitamin D:
Now, what’s the link of vitamin D with menstrual cramps? Well, another recent research has revealed that those containing enough level of vitamin D3 feel less pain as compared to those deficient in vitamin D3. As vitamin D3 is found to be a good source of relieving the menstrual cramps. Well, if your body is deficient in vitamin D levels you can use exogenous sources as well such as vitamin D3 supplements.
It is a traditional Chinese treatment not for only menstrual cramps but several other diseases. It involves the sticking of skin with small needles to stimulate the blood flow at certain points in the body. The ease of blood flow will automatically relieve the pain in uterus.
While you are having your periods, having a massage with some essential oils can really help you relieve the pain of cramps. When you are taking a massage from some expert he best knows all the pressure points to for a proper therapy and reduces the pain significantly.
Avoid Certain Foods:
There are certain foods which you better avoid during the menstrual cramps. As these foods cause water retention and may induce a pain. Some of these foods are:
- Fatty foods
- Carbonated Beverages
- Salty foods
Instead, try taking some soothing, caffeine-free beverages or hot drinks.
This mineral works wonders in relieving the muscle cramps you feel in your uterus. The normal suggested intake for women of age 19-50 is 1000 mg/day. You can fulfill the daily requirement by consuming the products rich in calcium such as dairy and other products as follow:
- Milk, yogurt, etc.
- Sesame seeds
- Leafy green vegetables
You can also switch on to particular supplements for calcium but do take advice from your doctor prior taking that.
It might seem odd but drinking mild or hot water helps is useful in relieving the pain and relaxes the cramped muscles by increasing the blood flow to the skin. if you don’t feel like drinking water you can also rely on water-based foods to keep the body hydrated.
- Berries (raspberries, blueberries)
Well, every one of us has slight changes in our body structures and so does the requirement of the body vary from one person to another. Here, one remedy can work for some while for others it totally may not work. But still, you have other options too. You can switch to all these remedies one by one to see which works best for you. But, still, if you are having serious cramps and heavy bleeding you need to see your doctor as that case may not be normal.
In what cases you should consult your doctor?
- If the pain persists throughout the menstruating days and prevents you from doing anything,
- If the pain worsens over time along with heavy bleeding,
- If the cramps are a new thing to you at age of 25 or above,
- If the counter medication does not work.
These are some of the serious conditions and also if the menstruating days prolong than usual 7 days you really need to see your doctor as soon as possible instead of just relying on home remedies. They do work but to a certain extent and for mild cases only.
Have a happy period and no need to panic as they are worth it.
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