Do you dread your approaching menstrual period because you know that it will make you irritable, give you cramps, make you weak and uncomfortable in general? Menstruating women deal with so many problems ranging from irregular periods, heavy bleeding, headache, weakness to cramps and mood swings. While it is not entirely possible to prevent these from occurring, there are home remedies that will help you tone down the extent of these menstrual problems and help you live through those five days like any other normal day.
In this post, we tell you about different problems afflicting menstruating women and what are the home remedies that you can try in order to deal with your menstrual problems.
1. Irregular Periods – Papaya
If you suffer from irregular periods, then make it a point to consume papaya at least once in a week. The Papain enzyme in papaya helps you regularize your periods.
2. Irregular Periods – Cilantro decoction
Making a decoction of cilantro leaves or cilantro seeds in boiling water and drinking the decoction everyday will help you get your periods on time every month.
3. Irregular Periods – Sugarcane Juice
Drinking sugarcane juice everyday a week or two before your expected period date will help you get your period on time.
4. Pms – Soyabeans
PMS or pre-menstrual syndrome is the sum total of all the irritability that occurs due to hormonal changes that occur before the onset of your periods. Eat a handful of boiled or steamed soya beans when your periods are approaching. The phytoestrogens in the soya beans help in balancing out the hormonal levels in the body.
5. PMS – Evening Primrose Oil
Taking two 1000mg tablets of evening primrose oil will help your body get Gamma Linoleic Acid which helps in reducing the tenderness of breasts during periods.
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6. PMS – avoid caffeine, sugar and alcohol
A week before your period is due, cut down on the sugar, alcohol and caffeine intake. Caffeine can increase irritability and anxiety while the alcohol can make you more depressed. Refined sugar is a complete no no since it sways your blood sugar levels swinging your mood also alongside. Try some natural alternatives to Sugar that are suggested here.
7. Bloating – avoid salt
This one is a no-brainer. Whether it is before your periods or not, cut down on the salt intake. Having too much salty food before your periods can cause excessive bloating, fluid retention and tenderness of the breasts.
8. Bloating – Exercise
Regular exercise, especially aerobics can help release endorphins that are feel good hormones and will also flush out toxins and retained water. Exercise for half to one hour everyday to flush out the toxins and retained water and feel fit and fabulous.
9. Cramps – hot water bottle
The most significant side effect of having your period is the cramps. They do not let us move about without flinching. To get relief, apply a heat pack on your lower back and abdomen. The heat will help soothe some of the cramps.
10. Cramps – get more Calcium
Cramps can be reduced by increasing the intake of calcium in the food. Calcium helps in controlling the extent of muscle cramps. Include dairy products or calcium supplements in your diet.
11. Cramps – Fish Oil
Fish oil is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and is anti-inflammatory. Taking a capsule of fish oil everyday helps your keep menstrual cramps at bay.
12. Cramps- Chamomile Tea
Another anti-depressant and nerve relaxant- drinking a few cups of Chamomile tea helps in soothing your cramps and making you relax during your periods.
13. Heavy Bleeding – Banana Flower
If you suffer from heavy bleeding, then include a lot of banana flower in your diet since it is rich in progesteron which can control heavy bleeding.
14. Heavy Bleeding – Magnesium
Foods rich in Magnesium also help in controlling heavy bleeding. Consume sesame seeds, oats, pumpkin during your periods to reduce the bleeding.
15. Heavy Bleeding- Vitamin C rich foods
Foods rich in Vitamin C, namely Gooseberry and citrus fruits should be consumed before and during the periods to control heavy bleeding.
16. Heavy Bleeding – Buckwheat
Buckwheat is rich in bioflavinoids which help in controlling heavy bleeding. Add some buckwheat to your breakfast and control your bleeding to a great extent.
17. To overcome Weakness – Dried Apricots
Women feel a lot of weakness due to loss of blood during the periods. Chew on some dry apricots to regain all the iron that you lost out on in the flow.
18. To overcome Weakness- Meat
Meat is rich in iron and zinc, two ingredients that our body is depleted of during periods. So replenish it by consuming meat to avoid weakness.
19. General wellness – drink water
Drink lots of water, even if it means frequent trips to the loo during your period. It will help flush out toxins and keep you hydrated.
20. After period care – eat healthy
The first week after your period is the best time to replenish all the lost blood. Feed on foods rich in iron, Vitamin B complex, proteins and zinc. Cut down on the sugar and caffeine. Exercise and embrace yourself to face the next irritation free period.