By Rose “rina” Chai, Staff Writer
At one point in every month, girls everywhere look at the calendar and shudder at the thought of that one week’s worth of cramps, bloating, and premenstrual syndrome. The worst is having cramps that make it seem like the day will never end. But never fear! Here are some ideas to help you get through that time of month:
- Applying heat
There are a variety of ways to apply some heat to your abdominal area to help relax the muscles in your uterus. Some products that might help are ThermaCare or electric heating pads. By applying heat to your abdomens, the contracting muscles, which is the cause for the pain, will start to relax. If you do not want to buy any products, you can take some hot water and pour it into a medium or large-sized bottle, cover it with towel and apply to the abdomen area.
- Chamomile tea
Drinking some hot chamomile tea will put you in a soothing mood and the chamomile tea’s antispasmodic properties will relax the uterus and help ease the contractions that lead to menstruation pains.
Papayas are rich with nutrients and an anti-inflammatory agent that will help ease muscle contractions. Have some papaya as a snack throughout the day, before and during your period, to help with the pain.
- Keep hydrated
Drink, drink, drink! Keeping your body hydrated will help your body from retaining water and it will help with the painful bloating that is associated with periods. According to healthline.com, drinking warm or hot water is usually better for you. If you do not like to drink water, make sure to include water-based foods in your diet. These include lettuce, cucumbers, watermelon, celery, and berries.
You might cringe at the thought of even moving during those cramps but research have shown that exercise will help with the pain. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which acts as a natural painkiller. In addition to this, exercise will help with relaxation, stress relief, and increased blood flow.
Hopefully you will find these remedies to be helpful during your next menstrual cycle. Another remedy is a simple recipe that will move you in a mood to relax. I have had my share of painful cramps and I remember my mom helping me relieve some of the pain by making sweet ginger tea. This concoction has helped me through some pained times and I hope it helps you, too!
Sweet Ginger Tea
Serving Size: 3
- 3 cups of water
- 3-4 slices of ginger
- 2 tablespoon of brown sugar
Bring the water to boil and slowly add in the brown sugar and turn the heat down. You can add more or less brown sugar depending on how sweet you want the tea. Once the brown sugar has completely dissolved, add the ginger. Let the ginger soak in the drink for about 5 to 8 minutes while the tea is on low heat. After that time, turn off the stove. Now you’re ready to enjoy it!