Part 2 – Handling Your Cramps
1. Switching up your diet
Reducing fat and increasing vegetables in your diet may help ease monthly cramps as a low-fat diet helps to reduce overall levels of inflammation in the body.
If you’re trying a healthier alternative to your diet, you can start by swapping the types of fats you ingest. Try eliminating less healthy fats like the saturated fats found in animal products, and choose healthier ones like unsaturated fats found in olive oil.
2. Drink some tea
Certain teas may help relieve menstrual cramps. Research on herbal teas for menstrual pain relief is scarce, say experts, but teas have been used traditionally and can help.
This is thanks to some of the herbs in these teas which may act as estrogens. One example of an herbal tea that people use for menstrual discomfort is cramp bark.
Boil 2 teaspoons of the bark in a cup of water, simmer for about 15 minutes, and drink it three times a day. It’s best to run this remedy by your doctor before trying, especially if you’re on medication for blood pressure or on lithium.
Tea with peppermint oil may also help! You may also want to start sipping the tea that works for you a week or so before the expected start of your period.
3. Try Fish Oil & Vitamin B1
Another natural route to period cramp relief is by taking fish oil supplements, vitamin B1, or both!
4. The Beloved Heating Pad
Did you know that heat pack is effective remedy to that awful cramp?
You can make your own reusable heat pad with common household materials – you will need a pair of socks (make sure there are no synthetic materials), and one and a half cups of uncooked rice.
1) Start by pouring the uncooked rice into one of the sock
2) Make a simple knot to keep the rice in place
3) Pull the other sock over the one with the rice, making sure the knotted end goes in first
4) Tie the end on the other sock