9 Natural Ways To Relieve Menstrual Cramps

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Is it that time of the month again? Most women would agree that womanhood is pretty amazing with the exception of the dreaded period. Ugh! While the menstrual cycle serves a greater purpose, the cramps, bloating, mood swings and breakouts will make you want to yank out all of your hair and scream at the top of your lungs. Luckily for you, here are nine natural remedies that will help make your menstruation less painful.

1. Ginger

Ginger reduces pain and inflammation. One study found that a special ginger extract taken four times a day eased pain as effectively as ibuprofen.

2. Mustard. A tablespoon or two of powdered mustard in a basin of nice warm water can relieve cramps, but don’t drink it. Soak your feet in it to reap the relaxing effects.

3. Dried apricots. These are high in iron, which is important during menstruation because iron supplies can be depleted with heavy bleeding. Other iron-rich foods are: liver, legumes, shellfish, and fortified breads and cereals.

4. Red meat. It’s loaded with iron as well as zinc, which can be depleted during menses, too. Zinc is necessary for healthy bones, and a zinc deficiency may result in amenorrhea. Other iron- and zinc-rich foods: poultry, fish, green leafy vegetables.

5. Go Nuts!

Cashews and almonds are rich in vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium – perfect for relieving painful cramps.