6 ways to help relieve period cramps

September 12, 2017
By: Samaa Web Desk
Published in Health

NEWS DESK: A large number of women feel frustrated because they don’t know what to do when they are suffering from cramps during that time of the month.

According to a report published by Misskyra, here is a list of six tips for you to help relieve period cramps:

Dark chocolate

Many women are unaware of the fact that at the time of the cycle, Magnesium levels in the body keep fluctuating. Craving chocolate is a sign of Magnesium deficiency. Magnesium helps relax the muscles and thus provides relief from cramps. You can opt for dark chocolate having around 80% cocoa content, as it replenishes magnesium levels in the body and curbs the sugar craving. One can opt for leafy vegetables too for Magnesium. Greens, nuts, seeds and wholegrain foods like brown rice and pasta are also an equally preferable choice. You can also choose to go for Magnesium supplement tablets, but it’s best to consult a doctor before doing that.

Apply heat

This is probably the most traditional remedy to aiding menstrual cramps. Using hot water bottles, heat bags or over the counter heating patches and pads works for majority of people. This is because heat helps to relax the contracting muscles in the uterus, which is the reason behind menstrual pain.

Chamomile tea

Several studies have proven that due to its anti-inflammatory properties, this fragrant tea is an excellent solution to menstrual cramps.

Exercise

While doing any kind of exercise, the body pumps more blood. This results in the release of endorphins to counteract the prostaglandins and reduce cramps. Exercising regularly is always good for the body, but it is of special significance if you are prone to menstrual cramps. One doesn’t need to go for weight training necessarily; even a normal brisk walk would work.

Fatty fish

Fish with high Omega-3 fatty acids content are not only good for the heart, but also carry anti-inflammatory properties that counter cramps and bloating.

Avoid fried food

Avoid fried food as too much oil and any sort of junk just make the cramps worse.


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