If the first thing you reach for is the ibuprofen bottle when your period cramps come back to haunt you, then you’re doing it wrong. We get it, sometimes period pains, also known as dysmenorrhea, can be uncontrollable and you’d do anything to make them stop – but there are better (and healthier) ways to ease that pain. Unless you want a damaged liver, avoid the prolonged medication side-effects caused from painkillers and make your tummy happier with these 5 natural remedies.
Vitamin D and Nutrition
The key to a less painful menstrual cycle is to make sure your body has the necessary nutrients to fight off body pain. We’ve got good news for you; Vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin, can ease period pains by decreasing inflammation caused by the uterus. Your body can naturally make Vitamin D if you get enough exposure to sun. However, you can also absorb Vitamin D with foods rich in fatty acids such as salmon, tuna, soy milk, almonds, cheese, and egg yolks. Read more from our blog.
If you haven’t already watched our “Yoga & Menstruation” videos to help you with period cramps, we’re here to inform you that another great way to get rid of cramps is by simply exercising. Whether you’re a gym junkie, yogi, or runner, partaking in physical activity can increase blood circulation and make your cramps go away. Simple as that.
Nothing feels more heavenly than a warm bath or a heating pad on your stomach to alleviate those nasty period pains. Heat can help fight those uninvited cramps by relaxing the muscles of the uterus and improving blood flow. Don’t have a bath tub or heating pad? Grab a water bottle and fill it up with hot water, that’ll do the trick.
Ah yes, the “miracle cure”. Who needs painkillers when a little masturbation goes a long way? Orgasms release natural chemicals, such as dopamine and endorphins, that enter the bloodstream and induce sensations that enhance pleasure and relieve pain. Can’t get out of bed? Pamper yourself, it’s a win-win situation.
A simple, yet satisfying approach to combating menstrual cramps is aromatherapy. Massaging yourself with a blend of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils can greatly reduce cramping and inflammation of the uterus. It does this by promoting the release of hormones to your brain (aka sending signals that reduce changes in hormone levels). You can’t get more natural than that.
Don’t let your cramps stop you from livin’ your life. Take our advice, and ditch the painkillers once and for all!