Hey girls! Is it that time of the month again? Bloating, body ache, period cramps, and heavy flow! Are you trying to reach out for one of those painkillers reserved for this time of the month or hunting for a packet of chips to make yourself feel good in the middle of the night? Don’t do either! Chips are definitely not good for your health and those couple of painkillers might give you some temporary relief but harms you in the long run.
Period pain is uncomfortable but there are also a number of home remedies to give you relief from period pain. Let’s take a look:
“You really want me to do some form of exercise when I am writing with period pain? Seriously?” Most of you might be thinking this right now, but hey, doctors recommend trying certain yoga poses help relieve period pain. A combination of child's pose, supine twist, and happy baby relaxes the pelvic and abdominal muscles alleviating period cramps. Exercise gets your blood pumping that actually reduces cramping.
2. Omega 3
If you have an omega-3 rich diet then there are high chances that you might not feel as much uncomfortable due to period cramps. Omega-3 is rich in anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich nutrients that naturally reduce pain by improving blood flow and preventing clotting. Omega-3 also lowers production of prostaglandin that is responsible for period pains. Include fish in your diet or supplement your body with fish oil and omega-3 supplements.
3. Snack on Magnesium
Did you know that studies show a deficiency of magnesium worsens period pains? So if you supplement your diet with adequate magnesium, it might help to reduce your period pain and make you feel better. The best natural sources of magnesium you can supplement your daily diet with are leafy vegetables, beetroot, beans, shrimp and salmon.
On the contrary, certain diet habits like alcohol, caffeine, sodas, refined sugar, canned and processed foods reduce magnesium level in the body giving rise to worse cramps.
4. Are you getting enough Vitamin D?
Eating a nutrient-rich diet not only helps in improving your immune system but also increases your resistance to pain and discomforts. Vitamin D is one such nutrient that helps in reducing period pain. There had been a certain study which concluded that the group of women having high doses of Vitamin D had their period pain reduces significantly rather than the group of women having painkillers.
5. Heat Treatment
Most of you must have tried heat treatment as a period pain remedy. The heat helps to relax the contracting muscles in the uterus that leads to period pain. You can use a heating pad if available at home. Alternatively, you can also fill a plastic bottle with hot water and apply it to your abdomen. Healthcare experts also recommend sipping on a cup of warm chamomile tea or a glass of warm turmeric milk to help with the pain. A hot shower relieves cramps to a great extent and relaxes you.
Did you also know that having an orgasm actually alleviates your period cramps while relaxing you and helping you sleep better? Vaginal orgasm triggers your brain to release endorphins and oxytocin that reduces pain perception. Many women consider it unhygienic to have sex during period, but if you feel comfortable you might give it a try to ease the period pain.
The period is normal and the cramps are a part of it. Try these home remedies to get relief.