That time of the month again? If you are tormented by painful cramps in addition to irritability, bloating and an unstoppable desire for unhealthy food, try these natural methods, which have been proven to work.
Vitamins and minerals
Vitamin B6, vitamin E and magnesium can help prevent and relieve menstrual cramps. Magnesium is known as an anti-stress mineral, and its ability to relax muscles can make a huge contribution to relieving cramps. Some women also report that taking vitamins regularly helps them completely prevent PMS and menstrual cramps.
Watch your diet
During menstruation, we usually want salty and sweet high-calorie snacks the most. It is important that you resist this desire! The less junk food you eat, the better you will feel. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and remember to get enough hydration to restore balance in your body.
We know it sounds weird, but vinegar can also help you fight cramps. Vinegar, especially apple cider vinegar, quickly changes the pH balance in the body and with this shock helps to reduce pain. Did you flinch at the thought of drinking vinegar? You don’t have to drink it – treat yourself to a large spoonful of mustard at lunch (without artificial additives). This one will quickly work against cramps with vinegar and mustard seeds.
Yoga already has a beneficial effect on your well-being, but in the case of menstrual cramps, some easier poses, such as a child, can also help. Additionally, controlled breathing will help you relax the muscles in your body, which will ease the tension due to cramps.
If all else fails, place a hot water bottle, soft pillow or warm area on the lower abdomen with a fleece blanket or other warm cloth. The heat will help alleviate the painful muscle contractions.