During the menstruation phase of our cycle, our uterus wall contracts to shed its lining resulting in loss of blood. In many women, this process causes cramps due to the presence of prostaglandins.
Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that mediate inflammation response in our bodies. The intensity of the pain varies from a woman to another or sometimes from a month to another. Here are five tips to help to manage your period pain
1. Turmeric shot
If you have a juicer,or blender you can do this the day before your period and start taking a shot a day for the first three days. Don’t forget to add a pinch of pepper to activate the turmeric benefits
2. Ginger shot
On its own or in warm water. The same process as with the turmeric. Blend it or juice it. Another tip my mum gave me when I was younger, if you don’t have a juicer is to put a big chunk of ginger under the tongue and keep it there for at least one hour. I know…eeeek but works well 🙂
3. Hot water bottle
A classic that really works to relieve those cramps especially at night. Put the hot water bottle on your lower belly. Make sure it isn’t burning hot.
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5. Warm bath
Essential oils such as lavender rose or peppermint can also help alleviate the cramps.
Period time is a sacred time in the month and it’s an opportunity to slow down, take things a little easier, and give our bodies extra care. During the first two days of my period, I avoid exercising intensely and focus on long, slow, and healing movements instead. But if I am not teaching I do not exercise at all. It makes a huge difference in how I feel.
Having a great diet to support your body during that time can also be helpful.
Have you read our blog post written by Lenise B on the best foods to eat to support your menstruation? Read it here