8 Easy Remedies For Menstrual Pain Every Woman Must Know
Research says 3 out of every 4 women and girls suffer from menstrual pain of varying intensity at some point of their periods, making it a serious problem worldwide as it affects a woman’s mood, induces stress and hampers day to day activities.
Menstrual cramps are caused by shedding of inner lining of uterus wall assisted by many hormones, the primary one being prostaglandins, which induces pain.
Over-the-counter pills are the most easily available and rapidly effective option for getting relief from menstrual pain, however, there are quite a few natural remedies which are quite effective and negate the need of taking a pill in most cases.
1. Eat Bananas
One of the causes of cramps is a potassium deficiency. Bananas are not only rich in anti cramping nutrients like Vitamin B6, they are also packed with potassium which reduces bloating by cutting down water retention.
Dried fruits, white beans, and leafy green vegetables are also good sources of potassium.
2. Avoid Coffee
Coffee comes loaded with caffeine which is a vasoconstrictor- compresses the blood vessels making the cramps even more severe. Tea, fizzy drinks and chocolates should be avoided as well as they make the pain worse.
3. Drink Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea helps in getting rid of menstrual uneasiness; it has glycine, acts a nerve relaxant, and relieves muscle spasms. Hippurate present in chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties and helps prevent cramps.
4. Elevated Legs
Put pillows under your legs to lift them up with respect to the rest of your body. It would help uterine muscles to relax and give relief from cramps.
5. Go For Brisk Walk
Easiest and one of the most effective exercises for overall well-being, brisk walking for 30 minutes five times a week releases beta-endorphins, which helps to burn the chemicals secreted during menstruation that causes muscle contractions and pain.
6. Apply Heat
A warm bath relaxes muscles and helps in easing the pain. Putting some Epsom salt, which is high in magnesium, helps reduce cramps.
Putting a heating pad or hot water bottle also helps.
7. Avoid Alcohol
Alcohol is a diuretic which causes water retention worsening cramping and leading to bloating.
8. Practice Yoga
One of the most effective ways for getting relief from menstrual pain is yoga. Try these yoga poses and to get rid of menstrual uneasiness and cramps:
Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
It strengthens the muscles of the abdomen, stimulates reproductive organs and alleviates menstrual uneasiness.
Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
Stretching of the abdomen in this pose relieves the body of menstrual cramp and also provides gentle massage to internal organs.
Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose)
It strengthens pelvic muscles giving relief from menstrual stress in that region and thus alleviating pain.
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