4 Ways To Naturally Relieve Menstrual Cramps
Menstrual cramps are the WORST!
That time of the month can be really painful and can leave you wanting to rest at home instead of smashing out a workout. One thing I have learnt is that while pain relief medications may seem like a quick fix, they only mask the symptoms in the short-term.
If you get bad cramps each month, loading up on painkillers every four weeks can be bad for your body, so I have found a few ways to naturally relieve period cramps.
4 Natural Remedies for Menstrual Cramps
My favourite is the wheat bag it provides instant relief and is so soothing! Try these with some of the best foods to eat on your period.
1. Eat Fatty Fish
Fish that contain Omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon) help your heart and also contain an anti-inflammatory effect that can help with cramps as well as bloating. And while we are talking about anti-inflammatory foods, make sure during this time you aren't eating inflammatory foods such as junk foods (chips, lollies, cookies etc) and too many dairy products, which can make you feel worse.
2. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to naturally ease the pain of menstrual cramps.
3. Apply Heat
Heat helps to relax the contracting muscles in your uterus, which is the cause of menstrual pain. You can use a hot water bottle, wheat bag or over-the-counter heating patches and pads.
Magnesium levels fluctuate in your cycle and many times they are low, this is why women tend to find themselves craving chocolate — which is actually a sign for low magnesium in the body. Magnesium provides relief from cramps and helps to relax your muscles. Eating some dark chocolate (80% & over cacao) can help to replenish your magnesium and curb that sugar craving.
I prefer to get my magnesium from other whole foods such as leafy greens, nuts and seeds and wholegrain foods like brown rice and pasta. You can also take a magnesium supplement a few times a day, just make sure to check with your doctor before consuming minerals in tablet form.
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.