Deal with menstrual pain in a natural way
In someone’s voice, “nobody explained this side of womanhood to us o” we all know what is menstruation. Ok, for the benefits of those who don’t know, menstruation is the monthly flow of a woman, this definition is in a lay man’s language. In other words, Menstruation, or period, is normal vaginal bleeding that occurs as part of a woman’s monthly cycle. Every month, your body prepares for pregnancy. If no pregnancy occurs, the uterus, or womb, sheds its lining. The menstrual blood is partly blood and partly tissue from inside the uterus.
This monthly flow for some, is a roller coaster ride. I remember those days when my pms was learning work, I would roll and roll on the floor like a woman who is in active labour. It was such a gbas gbos for me. I have some tips here for you, to help you relief the pain associated with painful menstruation.
- Recognise what’s going on throughout the month by noting how you feel from day to day. You can then schedule things to coincide with specific times. For example if you tend to feel great for a few days during your cycle, that’s the time to take your driving test, or go for a job interview etc
- Tackle the symptoms: Many PMS symptoms can easily be controlled using natural remedies. For acne try taking a 15mg zinc tablet each day. Feverfew is also great to treat migraines. Women suffering from bloating can benefit from burdock root capsules. You may also check your local pharmacy store to inquire which product will help your situation.
- Take vitamins and minerals: Studies show that a lack of various nutrients can increase PMS symptoms. These include magnesium, calcium, vitamin D, B vitamins, iron and zinc. In one study, it was revealed that 50-80% of women with PMS were deficient in magnesium.
- Avoid too much fat: Several scientists have discovered that the more overweight you are, the more likely you are to suffer from PMS, I don’t know how true o, but that’s what studies say.
- Avoid stress: Stress is also implicated in PMS. You are more likely to have worse PMS when you are stressed than when you are relaxed. Practice ways of relaxing.
- Keep Moving: Excercise can lift your mood like never before, because it helps to boost the feel of good chemicals in the brain known as Endorphins. Low levels of endorphins have also been implicated in PMS.
- Snack Away: According to researchers, your body needs about 500 extra calories daily during your period because that is when your iron levels are at their lowest. On those days, it is important to have a healthly mid morning and mid afternoon snack.
- Take essential oils: Some studies suggest that gammalinolenic acid (GLA) helps to reduce PMS symptoms such as irritability, stomach cramps and breast pain. You can find it in evening primrose oil, starflower oil and blackcurrant oil.
- Try the use of herbs: A plant called agnus cactus is popular in the treatment of PMS. Research suggests that, it can improve symptoms by more than 50 percent. St John’s Wort can also help, but it can reduce the effectiveness of the contaceptive pill.
- Reduce the intake of Salt, sugar etc: Salt, sugar, coffee and alcohol have all been linked to PMS symptoms. Do you know, that Salt causes bloating, so also, alcohol can worsen your mood, caffeine can increase breast tenderness and sugar exacerbates food cravings.
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