Written by Stephanie Koathes

How To Deal With Painful Cramps

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Whether you call it Mother Nature, Aunt Flow or any other nickname, ‘that time of the month’ is no fun. Discomfort and flat out pain, are part of the period package for many women. But we have a few tricks to help you cope with those evil cramps.

Get a dose of heat
Heat has proven to be a saviour for many women. If you can’t be curled up on the couch with a heating pad or hot water bottle there are still ways to give those cramping muscles some soothing heat. Get your hands on any of these portable items, a microwavable heat pad, a rechargeable cordless heat wraps, or a disposable heat wraps. With these on hand you’ll be prepared when cramps hit.

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Massage lower back and abdomen
To ease tension and relax your muscles, treat yourself (or have someone treat you) to a gentle abdominal massage or lower back massage if that’s where hurts. As little as five minutes a day on your belly can help ease tension especially if you start a few days before your period starts. Think about using essential oils like lavender, clary sage and marjoram.

Eat magnesium-rich foods
Magnesium is a critical mineral in the body. It can help to calm stress and anxiety, promote sleep and relax muscles. A series of studies reported by the American National Institute of Health show that adding magnesium decreases period cramps and other painful symptoms. So make sure you’re eating lots of magnesium-rich foods or have some supplements around.

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Avoid caffeine

Coffee-lovers’ alert, back away from that morning cup. Caffeine can make cramps worse, so you might want to stay away from coffee or caffeinated teas.

Fish oil
Daily doses of Omega-3 fish oil and vitamin B-12 have been shown in some studies to reduce cramps and other menstrual symptoms in some women.

Sources: Webmd, EverydayHealth, Livestrong

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