Diet Changes – Make sure you are getting enough Omega 3’s and avoid Polyunsaturated Omega-6 fats in large amounts. Many people report improvement on a Paleo diet. Also, avoid sugar, caffeine, salty foods, inflammatory foods, cold foods (especially a day or two before). Eat enough of the good fats, such as; avocados and coconut oil.
Supplement with Magnesium – Many people are deficient in magnesium. Magnesium is vital and it can aid in relaxing muscles. Preliminary studies have found that magnesium may aid in reducing menstrual pain. You can easily increase your level of magnesium by using Epsom salts or magnesium oil.
Exercise – You should exercise at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes. Exercise helps your body release endorphins that counter act the cramp-producing chemicals involved in the menstrual cycle. Stretching is great because it uses deep breathing and this helps get oxygen to the muscle tissues. This site shows you some good yoga exercises to ease cramps.
Reduce Stress/Anxiety – High levels can cause progesterone levels to drop. Try to minimize your exposure to stress. If you reduce stress, both emotional and physiological (eliminating toxins and improving blood sugar balance) you can improve your hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis, which will aide in keeping progesterone levels up.
Chamomile Tea – This tea is one of the best home remedies for menstrual cramps not only because it is anti-spasmodic, but because it is a muscle relaxant. The amino acid glycine helps the contractions and relaxes the uterus. As an added bonus, it helps boost your mood and calms nerves. Want something to help you sleep? Chamomile tea promotes sleep. This is my favorite tea, I use it often, especially to help with menstrual cramps.
Evening Primrose Oil – This is well known for reducing menstrual cramp pain. It is high in the fatty acid gamma linoleic acid (GLA). Evening Primrose Oil is beneficial in fighting inflammation. It is classified as an Omega-6 fatty acid so remember to consider your intake of omega-3s. It is important to consider your optimum balance of Omega-3s and Omega-6s.
Menstrual Pain Gel
Menstrual Pain Gel helps to reduce the pains from cramps, helping you to continue with your normal daily activities.
Benefits of Menstrual Discomfort Gel
- Pain relieving
- Healing and soothing
Rub the gel on the lower abdomen for fast, soothing relief of menstrual pain.
This is an amazing product! I usually suffer during my period, even after taking strong pain meds. I used this gel once and it worked! I didn’t feel any pain about 15 minutes after i applied it and re-applied it as i started feeling pain again (about 3 times during the day). I didn’t use any pain meds and I felt normal!!! I was so pleasantly surprised! Wonderful product! – Freda Coetzee