Cramps, pain, bloated abdomen, fatigue, and a general feeling of discomfort are just some of the things most women have to deal with on a monthly basis. Although menstrual pain and throbbing cramps are normally not a sign of serious health condition, they can ruin your day and interfere with work/school and other daily activities.
Thankfully, there are ways one can relieve the monthly cramping pains and discomfort. Here are four completely natural but very effective ways you can do that.
1. Improve Your Diet
Since menstruation itself can cause bloating and water retention, you should avoid highly processed, very salty and sugary foods that only add to that problem. This means avoiding:
- Chips, crackers and other junk snack foods,
- Carbonated drinks,
- Sugar-laden foods,
Instead, focus on wholesome, nutrient-dense foods, such as fruits and veggies, whole grains, healthy fats and protein. Certain foods have been shown to help reduce period pain and cramping, including:
- Olive oil
- Fish and fish oil
2. Hydrate More
Usually, when people deal with water retention, the last thing they want to do is drink more water. But that’s exactly what you should do – by being thoroughly hydrated, you’ll reduce water retention and bloating, and even relieve menstrual cramps. If you’re struggling with water alone, try drinking warm teas, especially from the following herbs, as they’ve been shown to help alleviate period pain:
Nobody wants to exercise when they’re hurting and feeling uncomfortable, but physical activity has been proven to relieve menstrual pain. Obviously, you don’t want to do high-intensity workouts while you’re on your period, but light to moderate exercises, such as brisk walks, yoga, and even some stretching can help immensely.
4. Apply Heat
If all fails, or you simply want immediate relief from menstrual pain and cramps, apply heat to your abdomen and/or lower back. Research has shown that applying heat to troublesome areas can be as effective as ibuprofen. You can buy heating patches and pads or take a plastic bottle filled with hot water or even a hot towel and apply it to your abdomen, lower back or any other hurting area to relieve pain.