Relieve Menstrual Cramps

menstrual_cropHelpful Remedies & Methods

  • Radiare Womanʼs Help Body Oil
  • Hot bath with epsom salts
  • Massage

Helpful Diet

Quick Tips

• Drink lots of water
• Increase Omega 3 fatty acids
• Avoid/ Limit saturated, hydrogenated, and trans fats — especially on the day experiencing pain
• Avoid/ Limit red meat, alcohol, coffee, and refined sugar — especially on the day experiencing pain
• For some it helps to eat a low fat or vegetarian diet

Harmful foods: high fructose corn syrup, white sugar, animal products (poultry, red meat, eggs, dairy), margarine, fatty foods (doughnuts, french fries, potato chips, peanut butter…), hydrogenated oils, butter

Beneficial foods: Omega 3 fats (found in leafy greens, flax seed, hemp seeds…), kale and other dark leafy greens, legumes (beans, peas, lentils), vegetables, whole grains (brown rice, oats, quinoa)

The Whyʼs and Howʼs
During menstrual periods, prostaglandins, hormone-like substances, are released and trigger the uterine muscle to contract and expel its lining. These chemicals are made from fat stored in cell membranes and promote inflammation. Higher levels of prostaglandins are associated with more severe menstrual cramps. Some of the prostaglandins also enter the bloodstream, causing headache, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.Refined sugar, dairy, meat, and harmful fats are the enemy when it comes to menstrual cramps, because they are pro-inflammatory foods. Essential fatty acids found in Omega 3 fats help with uterine relaxation, by promoting positive prostaglandin production. Fats from animals and harmful fats promote negative prostaglandin production which increases inflammation and pain. A low fat diet with plenty of fiber could also be helpful because of its ability to eliminate excessive estrogen in the body, which is associated with prostaglandin production.

 

This information is not a substitute for medical examination and diagnosis. I do not diagnose illness, disease, or any other physical or mental disorder. Likewise, I do not prescribe medical treatment or pharmaceuticals.

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