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23
Jul 2021

Ten Things You Should Do During Your Period to Decrease Pain

  • By: Samantha Denäe

Period pain is a common issue we all share. Every month it seems to be the same dance when it comes to our period, most times than not causing us to hate our period. Here are 10 things you should do to decrease your period pain. 

Choose Herbal Teas over Coffee

We love caffeine but honestly, it’s not good for us. Herbal teas contain anti-inflammatory properties and antispasmodic compounds which may decrease muscle spasms within the uterus (cramping). They can also provide relief from stress. Red Raspberry, Chamomile, Ginger, Fennel, Peppermint & Cramp Bark teas are some that may help.

Get A Massage

It sounds simple but it’s honestly one of the best recommendations I can give. Massages can reduce uterine spasms by relaxing the uterus. Massages that focus on the womb area are beneficial, but a full body massage is an even bigger benefit as it can relax and reduce your overall body stresses. Consistent massages for women with Endometriosis is said to reduce menstrual pain tremendously. 

Sleep

As you work hard throughout the month, your body is working just as hard. When it’s time for your period, your body is working extra hard as your hormone levels rises while your uterine lining is shedding. It’s very beneficial to get as much sleep as possible before your period, but during your period it is imperative to sleep as much as you can. Honor your body with rest. Take time off during your period to strictly REST (if possible). Your body can feel the tension as you are constantly moving while it is releasing in the form of your period. Continuous rest in a familiar place to your body can help ease the tension.

Calcium

Calcium intake is extremely important for women should be taken regularly. If enough calcium isn’t consumed it could lead to intense cramping and hormonal imbalances. You can take calcium in the form of supplements and foods like sesame seeds, quinoa, beans and dark leafy veggies like kale.  

Iron

Iron deficiency is a common issue in women and every month during our periods, we lose iron. It is important to ensure that your iron levels are at a balanced place and to replenish the iron since we are constantly losing it. Some sources of iron include chickpeas, lentils, cooked spinach, and seafood.

Protein

Protein is a vital part of every woman’s diet considering it provides energy to the body. Incorporate different sources of protein into your diet like whole fruits, veggies and wheat. Meats are also great forms of protein but keep in mind we should not consume all meats especially beef if you suffer from Endometriosis, as it can cause inflammation.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that improves circulation, which is very beneficial to the body when you’re on your period. Vitamin E can aid to relieve period symptoms. It can be found in foods such as avocados, spinach, and broccoli. Supplements can also be taken. 

Hydration

It is crucial to stay hydrated! We lose about 1-2 ounces of blood during a typical period, so drinking water helps to replace the loss of fluid. You can also receive more hydration by consuming steamed vegetables, soups, and smoothies. Avoid beverages like coffee, sugar and alcohol as they can dehydrate the body and cause more pain during your period.

Magnesium

Magnesium is a crucial nutrient and a natural muscle relaxant that helps and/or sometimes prevent period symptoms. Daily magnesium supplements are amazing, but magnesium can also be found in beans, tofu and peanuts. A clue to magnesium deficiency is a craving in sugars.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 will help the metabolism of proteins and red blood cells but it is also beneficial is treating PMS symptoms like anxiety, depression, and irritability. It is believed that Vitamin B6 plays a role in the creation of neurotransmitters that regulates the mood. You can find Vitamin B6 in foods like potatoes, bananas and oatmeal. 

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