7 SCIENTIFICALLY-PROVEN WAYS TO EASE PERIOD CRAMPS
We’ve all been there. Times when you are going about your life, and a sudden pain appears in your abdominal region. Cramps. Often arriving without warning, they can come in hot and make their presence known.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make cramps a thing of the past. Here are our top seven (scientifically proven) tips for reducing period cramps:
Eat a Healthy, Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Menstrual pain and inflammation in the body often go hand in hand. The great news is that simple changes to your diet can drastically reduce the pain you feel during your menstrual cycle. During your period cramps, be sure to fuel your body with plenty of vegetables (especially greens), fruits, and healthy fats such as fish, eggs, and nuts. Try your best to limit processed foods, heavy sweets, and alcohol during this time, as these particular foods take much longer to process and require your body to do more work. Not only can small tweaks in your diet help with cramps – your energy and digestion levels will thank you too!
Water. Water. Water. When it comes to your period cramps, hydration is key (well, also for survival, but we’ll stay on one topic for now). Your body is going through a lot of changes during your monthly flow. Even the slightest dip in hydration levels can affect our moods and increase fatigue – further adding to the symptoms you experience during menstruation. Drink up to keep your hydration and mood levels balanced for a better flow.
Break a Sweat
Keeping the body active is a great way to keep your cramps at bay, whether that’s going for a walk, taking a dance class, doing yoga, or any other form of movement you may love (orgasms fall into this category too!). Exercise releases endorphins and other hormones that relieve pain and make you feel good; consider these benefits as you incorporate them during your period cramps.
Sip Herbal Teas
A cup of warm tea is comforting and can also soothe your belly during menstruation. Ginger and mint teas have been proven to help with an upset stomach which is often accompanied by cramps. Chamomile and raspberry teas promote healthy menstruation and aid with cramping and relaxation. Put a few brews on rotation!
High stress levels can lead to more intense menstrual symptoms like mood swings, bloating and cramps. So we say slow down, close your eyes. Breathe. Incorporating a self-care practice during this time not only feels good, but your body will thank you.
Use Heat Therapy
Using a heating pad, hot compress, or taking a warm bath can help to relax the muscles in your lower abdomen, back, and pelvic area. These muscles tend to tense up during your cycle. Get comfortable and let the heat do the work.
Advocate For Yourself
If you still find your cramps unbearable, there are a myriad of pain relief options that can help. These include over-the-counter anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen, combination medications specifically for period symptoms, and even more natural choices such as acupuncture and herbs.
If you have consistently painful periods, you may consider seeing a doctor who can test for underlying conditions. They can guide you with personalized treatment options that work best for your body.
With these tips, we know you can dominate your period. What tips would you add to this list? Be sure to let us know on our social media channels!