10 Ways To Relieve Period Cramps and Period Pain

How To Stop Period Cramps and Period Pain

Having to suffer with cramps each month can be as frustrating as it is agonizing. Fortunately, there are many remedies that can help you reduce period cramps and the pain that often comes along with them. Although these techniques won’t always suffice, especially for chronic conditions, they can offer relief for mild to moderate period pain.

1. Enjoy herbal teas

Herbal teas have anti-inflammatory properties and antispasmodic compounds that can reduce the muscle spasms in the uterus that cause cramping. Drinking raspberry leaf extract, chamomile, fennel or ginger tea is an easy, natural way to relieve menstrual cramps. Plus, herbal teas have other wellness benefits like stress relief and helping with insomnia. We recommend Healthy Cycle by Traditional Medicinals because it is specially formulated to aid in menstrual cramp relief and contains all of the helpful herbs mentioned above. This product is included in the Period Releaf Box.

2. Drink more water + Apple Cider Vinegar

Bloating can cause discomfort and make menstrual cramps worse. Drinking water can reduce bloating during your period and alleviate some of the pain it causes. Also, drinking hot water can increase blood flow throughout your body and relax your muscles. This can lessen cramps caused by uterine contractions. In addition to staying hydrated, apple cider vinegar has various healthful properties, including antimicrobial and antioxidant effects. It is also a natural diuretic (it makes you pee!), and can help reduce bloating. However, most people can't stand the taste. Fortunately, apple cider vinegar gummies exist and the ones made by Goli® are actually extremely tasty!

3. Take plant-based anti-inflammatory foods

Many readily-available foods can offer natural relief over cramps and they taste great. Anti-inflammatory foods can also help promote blood flow and relax your uterus. A few worth mentioning are: berries, tomatoes, pineapples and spices like turmeric, ginger or garlic. Leafy green vegetables, almonds, walnuts and fatty fish, like salmon, can also help reduce inflammation. Furthermore, CBG and CBD, derived from the hemp plant, offer a high level of anti-inflammatory properties, which is why we include a 30mL vial of CBD:CBG 2:1 Tincture from CBDfx in the Period Releaf Box. This can be added to the herbal tea for ease of consumption. We recommend taking this a couple days before your period begins and all the way through your cycle to ensure the levels of CBD and CBG in your body have time to build up and your body is prepared to combat your monthly mayhem.

4. Skip the unnecessary treats, be selective

French fries or a brownie might sound amazing, but foods high in sugar, trans fat and salt often increase bloating and inflammation, which will likely make muscle pain and cramps worse. Grab a banana or another piece of fruit to fight sugar cravings, or go for unsalted nuts if you want something more savory. However, we know that severe chocolate cravings are extremely common during that time of the month. This is why the Period Releaf Box includes the perfect dose of chocolate truffles that are also infused with CBD isolate - curb your cravings and reduce inflammation at the same time!

5. Avoid caffeine & rely on natural energy alternatives

Caffeine causes your blood vessels to narrow. This will constrict your uterus and can make cramps more painful. If you normally rely on caffeine to beat the afternoon slump as many of us do, try eating a snack high in protein or take a quick 10-minute walk to help boost your energy. Alternatively, try out Monthly Mayhem patches by VICI Wellness, which include Vitamin B6 for increased energy levels and 5-HTP, the building-block used by your body to create serotonin. These patches have high bioavailability because they rely on your epidermis (your skin) absorbing the ingredients, instead of consuming the nutrients and having them degrade as they pass through your liver/kidneys.

6. Try dietary supplements

Vitamin D is widely known to help your body absorb calcium and reduce inflammation. Other supplements, including omega-3, vitamin E and magnesium, can help reduce inflammation and can even make your periods less excruciating. We include the Monthly Mayhem patches by VICI Wellness in the Period Releaf Box for this very reason. They include magnesium, Vitamin E, Iron, Zinc and Vitamin D3 to help support your menstrual cycle. It’s recommended that you take supplements every day, not just during your period. Also, because some supplements interact with medications, be sure to ask your doctor before taking anything new.

7. Apply heat

A little heat can help your muscles relax, improve blood flow and relieve tension. Try sitting with a heating pad, taking a hot shower or relaxing in a hot bath. In your first Period Releaf Box, we include a reusable clay-based heat pad that can be heated in your microwave or placed in a freezer to be used as an ice pack if ever needed.

8. Exercise

While you’re in pain, exercise may be the last thing on your mind. However, even lower-level exercise practices, like walking, will release endorphins that can improve your mood, lower pain levels and relax your muscles. Just 15 minutes of yoga, light stretching or walking might be all that’s needed to help you feel better.

9. Reduce stress

Increased levels of stress have been shown to make cramps worse. Common stress relief techniques like meditation, deep breathing, yoga or your own favorite way to relieve stress can help reduce your cramps. The CBD:CBG 2:1 Turmeric Tincture, Monthly Mayhem patches, and CBD infused chocolate truffles are included to help reduce stress levels if exercise does not work or if exercise is not achievable because of your pain level.

10. Try massage therapy

A reputable study found that massage therapy significantly reduced menstrual pain in women with endometriosis. Massages can alleviate uterine spasms by relaxing the uterus. To get the best results, and effectively manage period cramps, the massage therapy should focus on the abdominal area. But a full body massage that reduces your overall stress can also help to relieve menstrual cramps.

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