Natural Ways To Help Relieve Your Period Pain
Daily life can be incredibly stressful and it’s not surprising that it can mess with our hormonal cycle! That being said, if you experience different levels of discomfort from month to month, or you always experience difficulty, we have some natural ways to relieve your period pain or PMS symptoms. These food-based remedies are easy to use, inexpensive, and all-natural ways to help curb your discomfort during “that time of the month.” Any symptoms we experience can be dramatically altered with some tweaks to our nutrition. When we are eating the right things, it can help our mood, energy level, cravings, and any pain we may experience!
Pumpkin seeds are a nutritional powerhouse. They are packed with magnesium, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. The magnesium helps soothe the nerves in the body, helps the body deal with stress more efficiently, and helps to assimilate calcium in the body. All you need is about a quarter of a cup to get nearly half the recommended daily amount of magnesium!
Turmeric is the newest “trendy” superfood, and, luckily for us, it’s a natural inflammatory with blood-thinning properties that can result in a slower, more reduced menstrual flow. You can cook with turmeric, or you can put the spice in hot water and consume it like tea or add it to warm milk for a nighttime beverage.
It’s really hard to stick to a 100% healthy diet when your hormones are running wild, so if you have to succumb to a treat, try and make it as clean as possible. Sugar and caffeine naturally increase the body’s stress level - so, unfortunately, chocolate is not ideal. Organic popcorn can satisfy the cravings you have while being non-GMO and low in calories, sodium and sugar. If you are having chocolate cravings, scientists say it’s because of a magnesium deficiency, so make sure to eat those pumpkin seeds!
Caffeine can actually increase stress levels and make cramping more intense. You should always have a rough idea as to when you’re expecting your period, so dial back the caffeine intake a week before it’s about to start. Since hormones are processed in the liver, a clean liver means less PMS! Hot water with lemon will alkalize your system and adding milk thistle and dandelion root will also help detox the liver. We know that passing on your morning coffee can be hard, but trust us, it can make a big difference!
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