Friday, 14 July 2017

6 Homemade Remedies to Ease Menstrual Camps

  
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Menstruation is a normal natural part of our lives as females and one monthly process we would all gladly avoid if we had the choice. Unfortunately, we don’t and while a few amount of women go through their monthly period without any form of pain accompanying it, research has shown that 3 out of 4 women will experience cramping during their period. This painful cramp is caused by a hormone-like substance ‘Prostaglandin’ which is involved in pain and inflammation and causes the uterine muscles to contract during menstruation.


The presence of high doses of Prostaglandin in the body will result in painful menstruation while the reverse will be the case when they are present in low doses.
For some of us in this majority, our daily routine can go as far as being disrupted and held on pause once our monthly cycle comes along, especially for the first one to two days of their period length. While there are some over the counter that will ease the pain, there are also natural homemade remedies that will equally ease the painful cramps. 

Below are six homemade remedies to ease menstrual cramps;

 

 1.      Heat Application

                                                   
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This is the simplest way of relieving menstrual cramps. Health helps to relax the contracting muscles in the uterus.

Place a heating pad over the lower part of your abdomen and lower back (Heating pads can be bought in any good pharmacy). In the absence of heating pads use a normal plastic bottle filled with hot water. Let it rest over you abdomen until you feel relief. You can also soak a small towel in water, squeeze out the water in it and place it in a microwave to heat for a minute.  Place it on the lower abdomen until the towel cools. Repeat the process until you feel relief. Taking a hot shower can also bring you some relief.

  2.    Vitamin D

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A scientific study carried out on a group of Italian women, found out that high level of vitamin D3 led to a noticeable decrease in menstrual cramps. Making sure that your body is exposed to enough vitamin D (through your diet and exposure to early morning sunlight) is important in preventing menstrual cramps ahead of time.

  3.   Ginger

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      This common root has a variety of health benefits most of us don’t know about or choose to ignore. When it comes to menstruation, Ginger lowers the level of ‘Prostaglandin’ which is responsible for the cramps you experience. It also helps fight fatigue that accompanies premenstrual syndrome.

      Grate or pound a small piece of ginger and boil it with one cup of water for 5 minutes. Sieve out the water and add a 1 tablespoon of honey and lemon juice. Drink this tea three times a day after meals during your period. Also adding ginger to your food while cooking will help to lower the levels of prostaglandin in your system during your period.


  4.  Magnesium and Calcium rich foods

  
Calcium works to reduce water retention in the body,  while Magnesium increases the absorption of calcium from the body. This two minerals will work together to reduce menstrual pain. Include foods that have these minerals in your diet to prevent menstrual cramps. Milk and yogurt are rich in calcium and beans, whole grains, shrimps, vegetables, and nuts are rich in magnesium. Avoid foods such as sugars, vegetable fats, red meats, alcohol or caffeinated foods while on your period.

   5.    Acupuncture   

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This remedy is for those who can live in areas where there are Acupuncturists and can also afford it. Acupuncture is a Chinese medical practice which has to do with sticking the skin with small needles to stimulate the body at certain points. According to a scientific study carried on South Korean women, there was an improvement in pain relief from acupressure compared with a placebo control.

  6.    Regular Exercise and Massage

                                                               
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Wondering how being active can ease the piercing menstrual cramps you feel? It really can. Exercising three to four times a week is very important if you are disposed to painful menstrual cramps.

 Any form of physical exertion can help ease your stomach cramps. Brisk walking can effectively reduce menstrual pain because it increases blood circulation in the pelvic area. One other form of exercise is to lie flat on your back on the floor or bed, bend your knees with your feet flat on the floor or bed and stretch your arms to the side, palms flat. Swing your stomach slightly up and down for several minutes, by relaxing the muscles. These small movements added with quick, short breaths can offer you some relief from menstrual pain.

This six remedies above will help you get adequate relief from menstrual cramps when practiced effectively. However, if the pain becomes out of the ordinary and prolonged with heavy bleeding or accompanied by other symptoms please see your doctor immediately.



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