Somewhere around her 13th birthday a girl will experience menstruation for the first time, and with her ‘period’ will come menstrual cramps with some level of severity. Generally, these cramps become stronger and then peak as a young woman reaches her optimum reproductive years in her early to mid-20s. The pain and discomfort are as much nuisances as they are unpleasant physical experiences. While pharmaceutical products like Midol do provide period cramps relief, many people have reservations about using them. Fortunately, there are home remedies for menstrual cramps and we’ll discuss them here today.
It’s very much a warranted discussion, because how many painful episodes do you know that can be counted on to affect the same person 12 times a year? And over the course of nearly half that person’s life? Plus, it’s quite understandable for people to be skeptical of big pharma these days and so searching for home remedies for menstrual cramps is to be applauded.
Is there one best way to stop period cramps? Not really, but if you put all or most of these tips into practice then you should experience much less in the way of pain and discomfort every month.
Applying to Nearly All Women
Unless you’re a woman past menopause, this article is almost certainly going to have already garnered your attention. So with that understood let’s get right down to discussing our home remedies for menstrual cramps. Before we do however, we’ll mention our honorable mention that didn’t make the list – using CBD cannabis oil to reduce the pain naturally and effectively.
Incorporate More Dark, Leafy Greens Into Your Diet
Dark, leafy greens like kale and swiss chard have heaps of calcium and magnesium in them. These minerals together serve as a powerful diuretic, and this reduces the bloating that many women experience during their period and contributes to menstrual cramps.
Another benefit of changing your diet to have more of these foods is that they promote better digestive function as well. This also reduces bloating, along with reducing constipation. Constipation is not a contributor to menstrual cramps per se, but it can come along with them and therefore it’s worth mentioning here.
Skip Processed Foods
Our second tip on how to make period cramps stop is also diet related. Both men and women seek pacification in ‘comfort foods’ when they don’t feel well, and most women will also do the same when dealing with menstrual cramps. Often these choices aren’t what would be categorized as ‘healthy’ food, and processed foods can make menstrual cramps worse.
You’re well advised to skip microwave dinners, fried foods, pizzas, ice cream and other processed foods when having your period. The reason being that they wreak havoc on your digestive system and the bloating and gas that results makes cramp symptoms even worse. You can still eat them, but eating them in moderation is definitely one of our home remedies for menstrual cramps.
Right, another diet tip. But this one definitely earns its mention; papaya is loaded with Vitamins A and C. Both promote regulating body processes that balance levels in the body to reduce the extent of PMS cramp symptoms. There’s also another reason why eating papaya helps with PMS – it contains plenty of any enzyme called papain, which promotes better flow during menstruation. This promotes a faster completion of your period, meaning you endure the unpleasant symptoms for a shorter period of time
Up Your Vitamin D Intake
Severe abdominal cramping related to PMS has a vaunted foe in Vitamin D. Getting more of it won’t eliminate your cramps entirely, but they can reduce them quite significantly. You can get more Vitamin D by taking supplements of it. Alternately you can do it the all-natural way by getting outdoors and soaking up as much sunlight as you can. Another option is to increase the amount of dairy in your diet. That is not recommended for most people due to the fact the human body is not designed to eat dairy at all, much less copious amounts of it.
Increase Your Level of Physical Activity
The benefit of exercising as one of our home remedies for menstrual cramps is a product of two factors; first the exercise may stretch out and limber up some of the muscles that may be contributing to your discomfort. But the largest part of the benefit of breaking a sweat for dealing with PMS is the way exercising triggers your brain to produce endorphins – the ‘feel good’ brain chemicals that dance from one neuron to the next in your brain when you’ve experienced positive stimuli.
This is likely the one of the home remedies for menstrual cramps that’s most highly recommended, because it offers a whole spectrum of health benefits to go along with it.
Go Heavy on Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Have a fondness for fish? Excellent, as the omega-3 fatty acids found in abundance in fish like salmon, mackerel, and others work to minimize pain related to PMS. The reason for this is that these fatty acids work to reduce inflammation. Inflammation is a primary contributor to the bloating and cramps that you’ll be experiencing during your period each month.
So if someone asks you for suggestions on how to reduce PMS symptoms, you can go ahead and give them this suggestion. Eat a salmon steak with kale salad on the side and some fresh sliced papaya for dessert!
Drink More Water
The last of our home remedies for menstrual cramps is the easiest to adhere to. Quite simply, it’s to drink more water. Added hydration promotes more blood flow to muscles and improves digestive function. This is to say nothing of the added benefit of better looking skin too!
Going through your period every month is unavoidable for women until they’re in their 50s, unless of course you’re pregnant. But that doesn’t mean you have to accept suffering with PMS symptoms at their fullest. Try some of these home remedies for menstrual cramps and see if they are helpful for you. Also don’t be hesitant to give CBD oil a try as it’s legal in Canada now and it is a potent pain reliever.