Do you dread that time of the month? We all go through those insufferable menstrual cramps when you just want to lie in the bed and wait for the day to get over. Don’t suffer in silence. Try these home remedies to manage period pain that will help relieve your discomfort.
1. Stay Hydrated
Drinking lots of water will not end cramping altogether, but it can help reduce bloating, which makes cramps feel worse. Always keep a water bottle handy, and you can even add some mint or a few drops of lemon. Reduce salt intake and avoid alcohol as both can pull water out of your system.
2. Eat Healthy
Binge eating those comfort foods like doughnuts, chips, and other fried foods is not really going to help your case. Instead, consume a low-fat, high-fiber diet which has nutrients like vitamins E, B1, B6, magnesium, zinc, and Omega-3 fatty acids that help in relieving muscle tension and inflammation. Whole grains, lentils, beans, leafy vegetables, fruits, and nuts are the way to go.
3. Cut Back on Caffeine
Caffeine can make cramps worse, so make sure that you are not consuming any in the form of coffee, soda, chocolate, energy drinks or tea before and during your period. Instead, try a small smoothie packed with veggies.
4. Over the Counter Medication
Aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium can lessen pain and cramping overall. In fact, Ibuprofen and naproxen can also help make your flow a little lighter.
5. Use Heating Pads
Get the benefit of warm, relaxing relief with those hot water bottles and electric heating pads that not only lessen your cramping but also give a fuzzy, comforting feeling.
6. Loosen up with a Sweat Session
Working out releases endorphins in your brain that make you feel good. So take a walk, do yoga, run on the treadmill, or go for a swim and make sure to exercise your core muscles as well.
7. Massage Your Belly
Massage your abdomen at least 5 minutes a day as it boosts the blood flow and eases tension, helping you feel better instantly. You can start a few days before you expect your period or even use essential oils as they are known to reduce the pain.
8. Try Acupressure
Stimulating key points like your belly, back, feet and the fleshy part between your thumb and index finger might help in relieving pain and increasing blood flow to soothe both your body and mind.
9. Take a Break
Treat yourself to a warm shower followed by a short power nap. It will help calm your muscles. relax your mind and make you feel all rejuvenated when you wake up.
Sometimes though, period pain can be caused by an underlying issue such as endometriosis. It’s an abnormal tissue growth outside the uterus. Its exact cause is still not known but is treatable. If you experience severe pain during menstruation, get yourself checked for endometriosis.
Have a happy period!