As women, we all know it, dread it, and are sometimes even thankful that we get it — I'm talking about our monthly period.
We all know the constant throbbing and cramping pains that come with it. According to the Mayo Clinic, your uterus contracts to help expel its lining during your period. Hormone-like substances, called prostaglandins, which are involved in pain and inflammation, trigger the uterine muscle contractions.
Higher levels of prostaglandins are therefore associated with more severe menstrual cramps. For some women, their cramps might even interfere with their work, school, and daily activities. About three out of four women experience menstrual pains, and every one out of 10 women experiences severe cramps.
To help you get through the monthly visit, here are some home remedies that ease menstrual cramps.
This might sound a little crazy and you might be thinking to yourself, I can barely move, let alone exercise. However, brisk walking, or any type of physical activity, can help to ease your belly pain. When you're doing any type of aerobic exercise, your body is pumping more blood; this helps to release endorphins to counteract the prostaglandins and reduce your cramps. Exercising three to four times a week is good for the overall health of your body, but it is especially important if you're prone to painful menstrual cramps.
2. Massage & Heat
Gently massage the all-natural @LoveBaby over the lower abdomen area. The essential oil combination of Roman Chamomile and Lavender with the healing pomegranate seed oil will help relax the contracting muscles of the uterus which is the cause of the pain. Once you have massaged the oil - apply a heat pad or good old-fashioned hot water bottle to the area.
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3. Make sure you're getting enough vitamin D
Prevention is always better than the cure, which is why making sure your body has enough vitamin D is important in preventing menstrual cramps. A study found that high doses of vitamin D3 led to a significant decrease in menstrual cramps. As reported by Health.com, "40 Italian women were split into two groups: one receiving a single oral dose of 300,000 IUs of vitamin D3 and the other getting a placebo five days before the expected start of their menstrual periods." Their pain scored dropped by 41 percent, while those in the placebo group saw no change in their pain scale.
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