So although not totally stomach related and to do with gluten, it is a problem a lot of us women struggle with and it is in the same area along with the stomach and intestines so here are some of my tips for easing PMS and menstrual cramps!
- Ginger helps combat nausea, vomiting and diarrhea caused by painful cramping and hormonal changes, ginger is one of the best herbs to soothe the stomach. It is also anti-inflammatory. Use in cooking or slice fresh ginger, pop into hot water and drink as a herbal tea.
- Take Star flower oil / Borage oil. It has been shown to eradicate swollen abdomen and breast discomfort as well as reducing irritability and depression.
- Oil of primrose – reduces painful breast tissue swelling
- Take omega 3, 6 and 9 oils, which are found in salmon, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies or get the supplements. They also assist fertility by improving reproductive cell structure, decrease risk of inflammation and improve the condition of organs in the body.
- Include Vitamin B6, Zinc and Magnesium or simply take a multivitamin as most multivitamins tend to cover all of the above.
- Heat- get a hot water bottle to relieve cramps and wrap up warm. Have a hot bath. Drink warm drinks; i like hot blackcurrant juice diluted 1:3 with hot water.
- Drink chamomile tea it is anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic, relaxes, soothes and calms the digestive system, nerves and menstrual cramps.
- Avoid milk, cream and dairy products. They may make you nauseous alongside the cramps as they are quite rich alkaline foods.
- Husbands and Boyfriends need to give you acupressure and massages. 😉 Massaging the tummy and lower back can really help relieve pain.
- Avoid coffee, chocolate, caffeine and sugary foods as these will make you bloat, make breasts tender, make your moods swing and makes cramps painful.
- Eat leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale, some beans and legumes, including soy, and seaweeds like kelp and kombu for the calcium and magnesium vitamins.
- Sleep well and rest. Being more relaxed generally will make your feel better and your muscles won’t be tense and stressed. When your body is stressed then the cramps will be more painful.
- If the cramps are so bad you can’t cope anymore then taking ibruprofen would be the best medicine to take. Simple, been around for ages but works like magic!
- Exercise. My teacher used to make me play centre forward in hockey and especially on a period it felt like torture but after an intense workout session my menstrual cramps were much improved!
- Try yoga. I practice Yoga Iyengar; there are many different types but the most well known teachings are Hatha and Iyengar. The yoga pose Supta Baddha Konasana is amazing and relieves my cramps every time! You lie on your back, bring your feet up to your groins and let your legs flop out sideways so you are making a triangle shape with your legs. If you’re not that flexible pop cushions under your thighs for support and lie there for as long as is comfortable. Check the link for the proper instruction on how to do this pose.
- Stretches your inner thigh and groin muscles.
- Frees energy flow in your pelvic area.
- Stimulates your abdominal organs and improves mobility in digestive organs.
- Helps relieve the symptoms of stress, mild depression, PMS and menopause.
- Relaxes your mind and the central nervous system.
I’d be happy to answer or discuss any questions you might have in the comments section below. 😀 These herbal remedies are to help ease temporary pain. If your pain is chronic and lasts longer than a couple of days then you must see your doctor for other underlying problems.