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Top Remedies to Help Alleviate PMS

By Dontaira Terrell
Posted On Jan 21, 2016
Top Remedies to Help Alleviate PMS

Relax, relate, release! Ladies, it’s that time of the month many of us dread. Mood swings, bloating, fatigue and emotional eating among additional symptoms. For some, the excruciating pain or lack of energy can cause women to become withdrawn, short tempered, and easily agitated but the reality is, it doesn’t have to be this way! Here are eight tips that will help boost your energy, provide pain relief, and alleviate discomfort.

Physical Activity

During this time of the month, the mere thought of engaging in any type of physical activity probably makes you cringe. Moderate exercise such as Yoga is extremely beneficial because it serves as a stress reliever, helps shorten your period, provides relaxation, and allows increased blood flow to reproductive organs.

Depending on your body type participating in a more active exercise regimen increases circulation to the pelvic area, aids in the clearing out of prostaglandins and rids your body of endorphins which reduce symptoms and serve as a natural mood booster and painkiller.

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Herbal Tea Drinking 

Drinking herbal tea is essential in relaxing your mind, body and menstrual symptoms before they begin! Herbal teas that contain Dong Qua, Juniper Leaf and Raspberry serve as a powerful yet rejuvenating source to help minimize headaches, stress and cramps.

Ditch the Caffeine

Mmmm, there is nothing quite like the smell of freshly brewed morning coffee. Caffeine also known as an instant mood enhancer is consumed by more than 50% of Americans on a daily basis. Unfortunately, this instant drink of gratification should be cut from your diets or largely reduced during menstruation. By doing so, it can help ease cramps and reduce stress during that time of the month.

Spice It Up

Cinnamon spice contains anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic ingredients which are known for being a great source in soothing menstrual aches and relieving cold, flu and allergy symptoms.

Acupuncture

Based on individualized assessment, the field of acupuncture has become increasingly popular in treating menstrual pain. Acupuncture is an effective way to balance the hormonal system. Recent studies suggest women who have experienced an acupuncture treatment have needed fewer pain meds and endured less menstrual cramping. Of course, if you’re afraid of needles this may not be your go-to source in seeking PMS relief.

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Dieting is Key

Hippocrates said it best, “Let your food be your medicine, and let your medicine be your food.” During that time of the month it’s best to try and avoid acid as well as fatty foods because it can tremendously aggravate and worsen your menstruation. As a solution, stock up on foods such as brown rice, walnuts, olive oil, poultry, and plenty of fruits and veggies. All of these eats are equipped with essential vitamins and nutrients that can reduce bloating, ease cramps and build up body iron.

Spaz out! Have an orgasm

An instant picker-upper is the release of endorphins which are caused through orgasm. The uterus is more relaxed before an orgasm and at the rise of climax your blood flow increases which helps to relieve cramps. Next time, add more fuel to the fire and have some scandalous bedroom fun! Afterwards your body will be more relaxed, your sleep will become more induced and the feelings of cramping will become nonexistent.

It’s A Mental Thing

As women, we wear many hats and as a result, we deserve “Me” time. What better way to soothe your mind, body and soul than a nice hot bath and good tunes? Relaxation is something all ladies need especially during this time of the month. Next time you’re in a blah mood, light a few candles, fill the tub with hot steamy water, vibe out to your favorite tunes, and relax! Trust us, slowly but surely the stressors, pain, discomfort, and anxiety will begin to instantaneously slip away.