Ways to get rid of your period cramps

Painful menstrual cramps also known as Dysmenorrhea are usually not a sign of a serious health condition but they can put a crimp in your lifestyle. To help with the pain, here are 10 things that may help.

Water, Water, Water

A water bottle might just come in handy the next time your period is on its way.

Remaining hydrated can assist with bloating, which makes cramps feel worse. Throw in some mint leaves or lemon to give your water a new twist and encourage you to drink. Minimize your salt intake and also avoid alcohol, both can pull water out of your system.

Comfort Foods

Chocolates, potato chips, doughnuts, and other fatty fried foods is usually a girl’s best friend. However not when it is ‘that time of month’ steer clear of these types of food. Rather make use of a low-fat, high-fibre diet: whole grains, lentils and beans, vegetables (especially leafy dark-green ones), fruits and nuts.

Lay off the Latte

Caffeine is a no-no. It can make cramps worse, so rather stay away from coffee before and during your period. Make sure you do not consume it through sodas, energy drinks, chocolate, or tea. Try the alternative smoothie packed with veggies when you need a midday pick-me-up.

Pop a Pill

Do not sit and suffer, drink a pain pill. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium work well to lessen pain and make cramps lighter overall. It is important to keep a small stash in your handbag or car for those days when you need it most.

Hit with Heat

The warm relaxing relief of a hot water bottle on your tummy cannot be explained. With new advances in technology one does not need a plug to find heat anymore. Look at the microwavable heat pads, rechargeable cordless heat wraps, or disposable heat wraps that are designed just for menstrual cramps.

Get Moving

It is said that exercise can possibly make you feel better although there isn’t much evidence to support the theory. When you exercise, it releases endorphins -chemicals in your brain that enables you to feel good. So get up and get active.

M-m-m-massage

Increase your blood flow by massaging your tummy for about 5 minutes a day. This will ease the tension so you can feel better. A good time to start is a few days before your period.

Snooze Smart

Sleep does not come easily when you have strong cramps. In order to make the most of your night’s rest, leave the smart phone on the night stand. You need to wind down with a calming bedtime routine in the days leading up to your period. You can do this by reading a book or listening calming music. You might find yourself trying out new sleeping positions while on your period especially if you usually sleep on your stomach. A power nap can be ideal during the day if your schedule allows it.

Treat Yourself to a Bath

Treat yourself with the three B’s: Bath, Bubbles & a good Book. The warm tub water will sooth your muscles and your mind. If you do not have a bath, a warm shower can do the trick as well.

Talk to your Doctor

If you can’t find any relief you should consult your doctor. Some forms of birth control keep your hormone levels in check and thus decreasing the pain. Cramps are normal for some woman, and on the other hand can be a sign for a more serious condition. Make sure you consult your doctor when you are unsure.

Source: webmd.com

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