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It is recommended that women who suffer from menstrual cramping increase the amount of water they drink while cutting back on sugar, salt and starches prior to and while they go through their period. Menstrual cramps can be minimized by drinking warm beverages such as hot tea and warm water that has been purified by a water filtration system that removes chemicals, heavy metals and bacteria.

What are some other remedies to relieve menstrual cramps?

  • Try placing a hot water bottle or heating pad on your abdomen
  • Do some mild exercises – Walk around the neighborhood, run on the treadmill, or ride your bike around the neighborhood. This will increase blood flow which will help cramps go away. Exercise also increases serotonin levels which makes us feel happier.
  • Try to wear looser clothing that does not pressure your abdomen.
  • Try crushing a piece of ginger into a cup of boiling water and sweeten it with a little honey.
  • Buckwheat is high in bioflavonoids and can reduce heavy bleeding when taken with Vitamin C.
  • Lavender essential oil and clary sage are known to be anti-inflammatory and relieve pain by inhibiting uterine muscle contractions.
  • Marjoram essential oil has been demonstrated to dilate blood vessels to relieve menstrual cramps.
  • Acupressure is also said to be a wonderful way to relieve cramps. Locate Spleen 6 by placing fingers on the bony inner part of the ankle. From there, draw an imaginary line up the lower calf. The point will be approximately 4 fingers widths from the inner ankle bone. It is not located exactly on the shin bone, but next to it towards the back part of the calf muscle. Apply gradually increasing pressure to this point with your thumb or middle finger at a 90 degree angle to the skin. Keep applying the pressure for approximately three minutes.

Most women experience menstrual cramps at some point in their lives. These are inevitable pains that we must embrace as a sign of natural development. It is this pain that will allow mothers to bring new life onto our blessed planet. Hopefully, you can test several remedies to see which one works best for you to help you ease through these rough pains.

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