Many women are struck down with symptoms of menstrual cramps on a monthly basis, ranging from mild discomfort to severe pain. We can't magic away the cause, but there are a number of things you can do to help ease the symptoms:
- Keep hydrated
Drinking plenty of water during your period can help ease some of the symptoms causing you discomfort ,such as bloating. We're advised to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day, so try and reach this target, especially if you're experiencing menstrual cramps. If you're not keen on the taste of water, try adding a slice of lemon, sliced strawberries or some mint to make the taste more palatable for you. Alternatively, herbal teas such as chamomile or peppermint tea are a good way of remaining hydrated. As well as drinking more water, avoid alcohol as it has dehydrating properties and aim to reduce your salt intake as salt can contribute to fluid retention and bloating.
- Eat right
When it's your time of the month you may find yourself craving fatty, sugary or salty foods such as doughnuts, chocolate, cookies or chips. Although these things are ok to have now and again as part of a balanced diet, it's not a good idea to be consuming large amounts of these products on a monthly basis. Instead, try and increase your consumption of foods with anti-inflammatory properties such as cherries, blueberries, squash and capsicums, as well as calcium-rich products such as beans, almonds and dark leafy greens.
- Avoid caffeine
Eliminating caffeine from your diet may also help improve symptoms of menstrual pain. Instead, try swapping your morning coffee for a healthy smoothie full of antioxidant-rich greens and berries – you could also add protein powder for added health benefits.
- Apply some heat
One of the simplest methods for relieving the pain and discomfort of menstrual cramps is to apply a heating pad or hot water bottle to your abdomen as it helps the muscles to relax and eases cramping. Taking a warm bath may also help soothe and relax sore muscles and period pain, and if taken in the evening can help promote a feeling of relaxation and calm for a good night's sleep.
- Using magnesium for menstrual cramps
Using Salt lab magnesium oil for period cramps is an easy way to quickly improve feelings of pain and discomfort. Naturally occurring levels of magnesium drop dramatically during the second half of a female’s menstrual cycle, suggesting a possible link with low levels of magnesium and some of the many symptoms of PMS. This may also be why you crave chocolate at certain times during your menstrual cycle, as ounce for ounce 80%+ cocoa dark chocolate has more magnesium than any other food. But instead of reaching for the nearest chocolate bar each month, why not try using Salt Lab’s Magnesium Oil for menstrual cramps? Applied directly to the skin, you can rub the magnesium oil onto your abdomen, feet or any other aching muscles for a rapid, high-quality boost of magnesium to help relieve your symptoms of menstrual cramps.