Natural Remedies for Menstrual Cramps
The 3 Reasons you get Cramps
There are 3 main factors that may be contributing to your monthly discomfort, and they might surprise you…
1. Imbalanced Hormones-
One of the main causes of discomfort during menstruation is an imbalance of hormones, especially in the form of too many retained estrogens. These estrogens build up in our system and create all sorts of havoc, leaving the liver too overwhelmed to “digest” them properly. A clogged liver will just allow those extra estrogens to get reabsorbed into your blood stream and so the whole process starts over again. This imbalance can cause PMS, heavier periods, and you guessed it… period pain!
It may sound surprising that deficiency has a lot to do with cramps. One of the main nutritional deficiencies linked to menstrual pain is the lack of Omega Fatty Acids in our diet, particularly Omega 3. Period pain is essentially inflammation, and guess which Omega is responsible for balancing out our body’s inflammatory response? Omega 3!
When we eat a high fat, poor quality diet, our Omega 6 and Omega 3 levels become imbalanced. This imbalance stimulates the release of a hormone known as Prostaglandin F2, the hormone that causes inflammation, blood clotting, and PAIN. So be sure to get in your high quality fish oils, Sacha Inchi oil, chia seeds, avocado and flax seeds.
Another common deficiency is the lack of quality minerals in our diet due to depleted mineral content in the soil used to grow our food. Buying organic produce and grass fed meats will help restore vital minerals, build your blood, and reduce menstrual cramps. You can also take some trace mineral supplement drops in water to help build your minerals.
One of my favorite food based ways to up my minerals is to drink a daily Nettle Infusion which is jam packed with all sorts of vital nutrients that help support your body.
3. Distressed Liver-
Turning to over the counter meds for cramp relief can further stress and overwhelm the liver. Its ability to sift through toxins and hormones can become sluggish, allowing them to float freely through the body. The more toxins we have, the more intense our symptoms become like painful heavy periods.
Consuming toxic chemicals in the form of conventional medicine, processed foods, or even birth control pills, aren’t the only ways to overwork the liver. Environmental, emotional, and physical stresses can contribute to a stagnant liver, so try to de-stress after a tough day by doing yoga, meditating, going on a hike, or just doing whatever it is you enjoy doing that makes you happy. This will greatly reduce the amount of retained emotions in your liver….YES, your liver holds on to these things! So get out your anger, resentment, fear, sadness, and any other unhealthy bottled up emotions to help relieve your liver’s toxic overload.
How to Treat Menstrual Cramps Naturally
Lucky for you, there are tons of effective homemade remedies that treat cramps without the chemicals and medications.
• Up your Omega Fatty Acids
• Supplement with a high quality magnesium supplement (I like Natural Calm)
o Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant, so no more pain spasms!
• Consider taking hormone balancing herbs like maca root, vitex (chast tree berry), or black cohosh
• If you must take a pain killer, at least switch to a natural one like white willow bark, cramp bark, california poppy, or valerian (these last 2 will make you VERY drowsy so take care when using them)
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