For many women, their monthly cycle ushers in days of pain and discomfort. Fortunately, there are natural ways to curb draining period symptoms before going to over-the-counter pain medication. And, yes, chocolate is found on the list. Read on for natural ways to soothe period pain without taking a pill.
Menstrual Cramps Causes and Symptoms
The culprit behind the most common type of period pain is too much prostaglandins, a chemical produced by the uterus. This chemical causes the muscles in the uterus to contract and release, thus causing menstrual cramps. While cramps may get better with age, or childbirth, it’s not a guarantee. Some experience pain developing later in life.
When we think of period cramps, we often think of the dull throbbing pain that develops in the lower abdomen. But, period symptoms also can include diarrhea, nausea, and headaches.
Menstrual Cramps Relief
Applying a warm compress to the lower abdomen or taking a warm bath are suggested to relieve menstrual cramps. In fact, topical heat is shown to be more effective for cramps than over-the-counter pain medication. Laying on your back with a lavender scented heat pad on your stomach provides relief for cramps while promoting relaxation and mental ease.
Drinking at least eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day is recommended for overall health. When you are on your period, it is even more important. Dehydration can lead to more intense cramping and bloating. A recent study found that women who increased water consumption during their periods experienced a significant reduction in pain.
Yoga is a great way to release feel-good chemicals and strengthen your body and mind. Yoga poses for menstrual cramps are a relaxing way to curb cramps while enjoying the relaxation induced by the activity.
If you aren’t into yoga, any other preferred aerobic exercise is shown to be effective in treating cramps.
Supplements that help menstrual symptoms include: magnesium, B-vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, flavonoids, and vitamins D and E. These are found in a variety of nutritious foods ranging from soy products and leafy greens to seeds and dark chocolate.
Period/PMS Self-Care: Dark Chocolate for Period Relief
Chocolate cravings are a common occurrence during that special time of the month. While the sugars in milk chocolate are counterproductive to helping cramps, dark chocolate is loaded with helpful nutrients. Dark chocolate is a good source of magnesium and flavonoids which are known to assist muscle and nerve health.
Combining the benefits of dark chocolate with active nutraceuticals and clinically researched ingredients makes for a self-care ritual that is both decadent and beneficial for other symptoms associated with menstruation.
In addition to pain and cramping, low energy affects many women on their period. The Chocamine® and thoughtful blend of vitamins in Energy Chocolate provide a steady boost of energy throughout the day that won’t give you jitters.
Cramps and other symptoms can start days before your period. Rhythm Chocolate incorporates SaffSerene® with other botanicals proven to provide relief for PMS symptoms and support hormonal balance and healthy mood.
The symptoms associated with menopause are equally uncomfortable. Hot Chocolate features Estro-G 100® which is clinically shown to reduce hot flashes and fatigue by more than 60 percent.
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