Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ways Through which you can Beat Away your Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual cramps are experienced by a lot of women all over the world. While some may feel lighter cramps, others get a torrid time dealing with their extensive menstrual cramps, and the worst part is that this happens every single month. For this reason you need to make sure that you control your pain to have a socially active life. Given below are some useful tips that I have compiled and tested , which would help you beat away your annoying menstrual cramps.


Although this is what exactly a lot of women do during their first half of menstruation, the key is to take a pill a night before you are going to have your period, so that you don't end up waking up in an agonizing way. Painkillers such as ibuprofen, certainly help reliving the intense cramp pains, however if you want you can also check with your doctor just to be sure!


Yoga can certainly help a great deal. Different yoga poses allows the body muscles to relax, thus relieving soreness and tension through the pelvic and lumbar region that face a lot of periodic pain. You can always Google around for different yoga exercises and check several videos to choose the one that can work best for you. Commonly used yoga poses for relief against menstrual cramps however include the cobra and the bow pose.

Using Hot Water Bottles

Hot water bottles are used for relieving the back pain, which is what many women feel during menstruation. Although they may seem and sound like an old remedy to you, but as simple as hot water bottles are, they warm and relax your abdomen muscles, helping you to beat away your extensive back pain during menstruation.

Avoiding Caffeine and High Sugar Foods

Make sure that you consume a lot of caffeinated drinks or even high sugary foods near your period. However elimination of caffeine from your diet can help in alleviating menstrual pain, as caffeine constricts blood level and raises tension, which is not what you want during your cycle. As a replacement, you can take herbal tea to relieve bloating, which occurs during your period. Increased water intake can also help!
Exercise and hot baths

Exercise is definitely a good way of relieving pain as it helps to increase the blood flow and endorphins, which is what helps your body to fight off the pain. Hot water baths are equally relieving as they relive the whole body of stress and tension. Most of the times cramp pains causes more stress, which further increases the pain. Immersing in hot water bath would help your body to chill out!

Getting into a healthy diet

Certain types of food can drastically reduce the possibility of menstrual cramps appearing. I would want to list the following as being proven as affective:
  • Fish: For omega 3 and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Flaxseed: Reduces the build up of prostaglandin which is the main cause of your cramps
  • Basil: Drink basil tea with a bit of cinnamon for a quick home remedy and pain relief
  • Nuts: Specifically those which have high quantities of magnesium and calcium and vitamin E
  • Supplements: Always try the above methods first in my opinion as you never know the long term effects of supplements as they have not yet been proven by science.
Author Byline
Juliana Heather is a nutritionist and health expert. She is loves to write on health issues, especially regarding women's health and has also worked for Health Cracker as a health consultant.

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