What can be taken naturally at home for cramps?

Menstrual cramps can be extremely painful and frustrating. It can interfere with the simplest day-to-day activities and be quite debilitating. These cramps typically start out as a dull pain in the lower abdomen and the severity of the pain tends to increase with time. This condition is also known as dysmenorrhea. You may also experience nausea, sweating and/or dizziness. It is not uncommon to experience either constipation or loose stools.

There are several home remedies for menstrual cramps that you can use to reduce the pain and maybe even eliminate it. Natural remedies for menstrual cramps include dietary changes. Make sure that you have plenty of fatty fish in your diet for at least two or three days before your period starts. You should also include it in your daily meals during your periods. Several studies have shown that the Omega fatty acids in these fish help to decrease the severity and frequency of menstrual cramps. You can also have fish-oil capsules instead of eating fish if it is not easily available.

Magnesium is a vital mineral that is essential for several of the biochemical reactions within the body. Thus it forms an integral part in the normal functioning of the muscles and nerves. Include foods such as nuts, seeds and green leafy vegetables that are rich in magnesium as this will help to reduce the severity of the cramps.

Stress and anxiety can aggravate menstrual cramps and so you need to make sure that you are completely stress-free. You can try a few simple yoga breathing exercises as these will help your body to relax and will therefore reduce the pain tremendously. You should also make sure that you get adequate sleep as this too will help the body to rejuvenate and will minimize menstrual cramps. Do not lift heavy loads or indulge in strenuous activities as this will increase the frequency of the cramps.

You can have a warm water soak for about 30 minutes as this will help to soothe sore muscles. You can add a few drops of lavender oil to your bath water as lavender oil has soothing properties. In addition to this, you can have ginger tea throughout your day. Boil a glass of water in a saucepan and then pour it into a cup. Add two teaspoons of finely chopped ginger to the water and stir it well. Allow this tea to cool down until the water is very warm and you can then drink it. This tea is very relaxing and rejuvenating and is a very effective home remedy for menstrual cramps.

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