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Natural Remedies for Menstrual Cramps, Fatigue & Bloating

Caleigh Rykiss Article by: Caleigh Rykiss
Date: Sep 02, 2015 · Posted in: Natural Products, Women's Health, Nutrition, Pain Relief
Natural Remedies for Menstrual Cramps, Fatigue & Bloating


There are many aches and pains that can stand in a runner’s way of completing a marathon. No matter how hard you train, you can’t override (or overrun) an unexpected injury; a pulled muscle, a back spasm, a foot cramp, a bone spur. These are all things that can not only be painful but can stand in your way of not only having a good race, but a race at all. Another potential physical roadblock that many female runners don’t often discuss is menstruation. Running a race while on your period can not only be unpleasant and uncomfortable but it can also be extremely painful. Many women experience extremely strong symptoms during that time of the month and that can make any physical task difficult, let alone running 26.2 miles. Finding natural remedies for menstrual cramps can be a difficult and often frustrating task. 


 
Above: Kiran Gandhi 

This is the reality London marathoner, Kiran Gandhi was faced with last month. Leading up to her first race, she unexpectedly got her period.  As a person who has dealt with painful cycles her whole life, she knew she was in for an unpleasant experience. But, instead of pulling out of the race or running with an uncomfortable tampon in for three plus hours, Ghandi decided to let it flow… Yes, she completed the marathon au natural! Refusing to be uncomfortable, physically or emotionally, she proudly showed off her blood stained tights, posing happily for cameras with her race medal at the finish line. 
 
Social and political statements aside, this brings up the topic of uncomfortable menstrual cycles and what we can do to ease the pain. Move over Midol, here's some natural ways proven to help make that time of the month, that much easier.

 
Natural Remedies for Menstrual Cramps, Fatigue, & Bloating 

Food

What we eat can have a large impact on the effects of menstruation for better and for worse. Avocados are on the “better” side of things, having been shown to help alleviate some of the suffering as the omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Similarly, salmon is known to be good for that time of the month. Not only does it’s fatty acids help manage pain, but the B vitamins in the fish can help boost mood, reduce fatigue and even help with breast tenderness. Additionally, both ginger and cinnamon have proven to be great sources of pain relief. On the “worse” side of the coin is caffeine, alcohol and fried food which are not recommended. Generally these kinds of foods can cause water retention and cramping, exacerbating the negative symptoms of the flow.



 
Vitamins

As for vitamins and supplements, there are a few that are very helpful when it comes to period pains. First, vitamin D! It reduces the hormone that causes pain and inflammation during menstruation. Magnesium also has a positive impact on period pains. It helps to relax the muscles in the body, lessening the intensity of the contractions of the uterus that cause cramps. Finally, calcium is another supplement that can be helpful with pain during that time of the month. It's especially effective when taken in conjunction with magnesium.



 

Lifestyle

Just like anything else, our lifestyles have a huge impact on our health and wellness. With the release of endorphin's and the increased blood flow throughout the body, exercise is an effective tool to combat menstrual related suffering. Increased water intake can also help with uncomfortable bloating and swelling associated with periods. Finally, getting ample sleep works wonders on the body, helping to not only cope better but also to feel more energized and less sluggish while flow comes to town.

Life Goal: Cat nap like this cutie. 




Have you tried any of these or any other natural remedies for menstrual cramps and other PMS symptoms? Leave us a comment and let us know!