Try these natural remedies for menstrual cramps for fast relief
Many of us are familiar with the stereotypes that surround a woman’s menstrual cycle. Most depiction often involves a woman lying sluggishly on her couch with a hot pad, a pint of ice cream, and a sappy romantic comedy.
Regardless of whether you find these illustrations comical or offensive, it doesn’t change the fact that 50% of women who have a period experience painful cramps.
Cramps can be a total pain, but you don’t have to put up with it.
Let’s look at 5 natural remedies for menstrual cramps that provide quick relief
1. Cramps and bloating
Our first step is to identify our cramp triggers and what makes us feel bloated. We can reduce inflammation through the intake of bitter, astringent, and sour foods. This includes dark leafy greens, ginger, cinnamon, apples, onions, and garlic. Ingesting bitter foods will also aid in the clearing of excess estrogen in the body.
Incorporate these anti-inflammatory foods
- Bone Broth
- Coconut Oil
- Dark leafy greens
- Flax Seeds + Chia seeds
2. Peppermint Oil
Taking one capsule (180mg) of Peppermint Gel Capsules for the first 3 days of a period can lessen menstrual cramp severity. Additionally, peppermint is great for reducing nausea, bloating, gas, and diarrhea.
3. Reduce xenoestrogen intake
This day and age, we are exposed to more synthetic estrogens (xenoestrogens) than ever before.
Xenoestrogens are found in common plastics and pesticide products. They are commonly referred to as ‘endocrine disruptors’ of which act and process just as estrogen. Because xenoestrogen (synthetic estrogen) operates just like natural estrogen, it can lead to an influx of hormones in the body, disrupting the natural processes of our endocrine system (i.e. glandular activity, thyroid functioning, reproductive organs, glands, and hypothalamus.
Guidelines to Minimizing Exposure to Xenoestrogens
- Avoid pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides.
- Peel non-organic fruits and vegetables.
- Buy hormone-free meats and dairy products to avoid hormones and pesticides.
- Reduce the use of plastics whenever possible.
- Do not microwave food in plastic containers.
- Use glass or ceramics whenever possible to store food.
- Don’t refill plastic water bottles.
- Use chemical free, biodegradable laundry and household cleaning products.
- Choose chlorine-free products and unbleached paper products (i.e. tampons, menstrual pads, toilet paper, paper towels, coffee filters).
Health and Beauty Products
- Avoid creams and cosmetics that have toxic chemicals and estrogenic ingredients such as parabens and stearalkonium chloride.
- Use naturally based fragrances, such as those found in essential oils.
- Use chemical-free soaps and toothpaste.
4. Stay hydrated
Drinking enough water is always important, but especially during your cycle. When you drink enough water, you hydrate your cellular tissues. Wondering how much water to drink? Best practice is to drink half your body weight in ounces. (i.e. 100lbs = 50 oz hydrating fluids per day). This includes teas, coconut water, kombucha, and water.
5. Reclaim your Health
Take a moment to feel what is happening within your body. Listen. Consider which natural remedies for menstrual cramps resonates the most with you. Try that first. If it doesn’t work, try them all and stick with whichever works best.
Most importantly, no one knows your body better than you do. Don’t let anyone try to convince you otherwise. That being said, use this as an opportunity to reclaim your health. Educate yourself and inquire deeply about your body and how to best support it.