You know the worst part of periods is not the 4-5 days of blood loss, but the mood swings and period cramps that come as an added baggage with the menstrual cycle. While a good, light-hearted movie might be a good option for those hard-hitting mood swings, cramps and period pains can, sometimes, be a tough nut to crack. So, here we have curated a list of some home remedies you can try to ease down the period pains.
1. Hydrate your body
Drinking enough water can reduce bloating during your periods. Get into the habit of drinking at least 6 to 8 glasses of water, especially during your periods. Some women experience diarrhea or vomiting as a symptom during menstruation. In order to cover up for the loss of fluids in the body, it is even more important to stay hydrated.
An easy way to make water more palatable is to add slices of cucumbers or lemon wedges or few mint leaves and drinking it throughout the day. Apart from this, you can also sip chamomile or ginger tea. Chamomile is worldwide known for relieving period pains and helping in sleeping better.
2. A Diet rich in Magnesium
One of the most common causes of menstrual pains is deficiency of magnesium in the body. So, the best way to reduce period pain is to have a diet that includes magnesium in some form and covers up for the deficiency. Dark chocolate, avocados, nuts like almonds and cashews, legumes like beans, chickpeas, lentils and soyabeans, tofu, seeds including flaxseeds, chia and pumpkin, banana and green leafy vegetables are excellent sources of magnesium.
3. Consume Anti-inflammatory foods
Many anti-inflammatory foods help in promoting blood flow and relaxing the uterus. Spices like turmeric, garlic and ginger; green leafy vegetables, almonds, walnuts, salmon, tomatoes and berries are all good sources of foods that reduce inflammation in the body.
4. Turmeric- Your Period Buddy
Turmeric is a super spice. There is nothing that turmeric cannot cure. It has anti-septic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties. It also has emmengagogue which can stimulate blood flow in the uterus and pelvic region.
Turmeric is one of the most easily available ingredient in the kitchen. While it is used in most of the Indian cooking, you can drink turmeric milk (haldi wala doodh) or hot water with a pinch of turmeric powder to get its best benefit during periods.
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5. Try Herbal Teas
Apart from drinking chamomile and peppermint teas, you can also make herbal teas at home using the most basic ingredients from your kitchen. Boil a cup of water with some grated ginger, strain it and sprinkle some black pepper to make the ginger black pepper tea. You can also add honey or sugar but avoid adding milk.
In addition to being an anti-inflammatory ingredient, ginger can effectively reduce pain by lowering the levels of prostaglandins and also make irregular periods regular.
Another herbal tea you can make is using cumin seeds. Cumin has a relaxing effect and its anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties ease down menstrual cramps.
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We hope these simple home remedies come handy with a hot water bag and a round-up of your favourite show and helps you get through your next period cycle!