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9 Tips To Get Relief From Menstrual Cramps, Naturally

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To prevent inflammation and ease menstrual cramping, consume a diet rich in magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and vit D. Include Ginger powder, Chaste Berry herb in your diet. Cut down on dairy products and red meat. Avoid peanut, canola and soybean oils. Remove allergens from your diet. Apply natural, plant-based progesterone cream or Clary Sage oil on your lower abdomen.

What Causes Menstrual Cramps?

  • Inflammatory foods, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and stress are the major culprits causing menstrual cramps.
  • The fat in dairy products, red meat and processed foods leads to the production of chemicals called prostaglandins.
  • Prostaglandins are the chemicals that cause uterine contractions and menstrual cramping.
  • Stress releases excessive amounts of the hormone cortisol.
  • High levels of cortisol can cause excessive estrogen retention and lower progesterone levels.
  • Excessive estrogen retention and inadequate progesterone levels can cause painful cramping.
  • Low levels of magnesium leads to fluid retention and menstrual pain.
  • Inadequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids (fish and fish oils) can lead to increased production of inflammatory prostaglandins in the system.

Cramp Relief: 9 Tips On How To Relieve Menstrual Cramps

  1. Take 200 – 300 mg. of magnesium daily to prevent water retention and cramping.
  2. Take Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)/ Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and eat fatty fish to help decrease the levels of inflammatory prostaglandins.
  3. Apply natural, plant-based progesterone cream on your stomach or lower abdominal area from day 14 (ovulation) of your cycle through menses.
  4. Increase your consumption of leafy greens to increase your levels of magnesium and other essential vitamins and minerals.
  5. Taking 250 mg. of ginger powder 4 times a day, for 3 days from the start of the menstrual period was shown to be as effective as ibuprofen in a double blind study done in 2009.
  6. Chaste-berry (Vitex) is a herb that has been shown to raise progesterone levels and ease menstrual cramps.
  7. Eliminate dairy products, red meats and chemically altered fats such as peanut oil, canola oil, soybean oil, or margarine, as the fats in these foods are high in the chemicals that cause inflammation and cramping.
  8. Clary Sage essential oil (get organic) helps regulate estrogen and is an antispasmodic (suppresses muscle spasms). Rubbing it on the lower abdomen, when pain starts has been shown to work as well as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  9. It is also important to identify and eliminate allergens from your diet, as allergens cause inflammation and pain in the body. Acupressure Allergy Elimination (AAR) technique is a safe, proven, natural treatment for allergies.
Gaila Strawn

Dr. Gaila Mackenzie-Strawn is a Board Certified Traditional Naturopath who has over 30 years of experience treating and educating both patients and other healthcare practitioners in the field of natural medicine. Her passion in life is to help others regain and maintain good health and she believes that information and education are keys to having optimum health. She has been invited as an expert guest on several radio and TV talk shows (including The Montel Williams Show). In addition to her professional practice, she produced and hosted a weekly radio program on San Diego radio stations, KMB, KSDO and KCEO from 1986-2004. The syndicated talk show Women's Health Talk, which she also produced and hosted, was aired on 65 radio stations through Talk America Radio Network.

Gaila Strawn

Dr. Gaila Mackenzie-Strawn is a Board Certified Traditional Naturopath who has over 30 years of experience treating and educating both patients and other healthcare practitioners in the field of natural medicine. Her passion in life is to help others regain and maintain good health and she believes that information and education are keys to having optimum health. She has been invited as an expert guest on several radio and TV talk shows (including The Montel Williams Show). In addition to her professional practice, she produced and hosted a weekly radio program on San Diego radio stations, KMB, KSDO and KCEO from 1986-2004. The syndicated talk show Women's Health Talk, which she also produced and hosted, was aired on 65 radio stations through Talk America Radio Network.