If you’re a lady and you’ve never experienced cramps before, how does it feel to be God’s favourite? 😒😒
During your period, your uterus contracts — meaning it squeezes or cramps up. This makes the lining come off the walls of your uterus and leave your body. When your uterus cramps up, it’s helping the period blood flow out of your vagina.
Here are some things that help with cramps.
1. Drinking more water
Drinking more water may help ease bloating, which makes symptoms worse. Get in the habit of drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water per day, especially during your period. Avoid salt which encourages fluid retention and bloating. Avoid alcohol, which promotes dehydration.
2. Apply heat
The uterus is a muscle, so anything that helps relax muscles, like applying heat, can be beneficial. Applying heat can help your muscles relax, improve blood flow and relieve tension. Get a hot water bottle or take a hot shower.
I get that in your pain, you just want to be curled up in a ball for the rest of your life and exercising is the last thing on your mind but it actually does help. Nothing over the top. Just walk around a little and stretch; you’ll be good.
4. Drink some herbal tea varieties
Certain teas like chamomile tea may help relieve menstrual cramps. These teas are full of anti-inflammatory substances that inhibit prostaglandins which are are made by cells in the endometrium of the uterus, provoking muscle contractions of the uterus, pain, and cramps.
5. Improve your diet
It’s going to be really hard but try reducing refined foods including sugar, bread, and pasta. Eat fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids, more calcium-rich beans, almonds, and dark leafy greens. These foods contain compounds that combat inflammation.
Sources: onhealth.com and healthpartners.com
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