That time of month …

Did you know if you research about what food, drinks or herbs which is good for you or to ease the menstrual cycle or cramps, you can acquire a lot of knowledge that can lead you to have an easy cycle, with less cramps and even controlling the blood flow.

Some women have a heavy cycle, which means that they are losing a lot of blood. Sometimes this leads to mild anaemia, combined with fatigue, headaches, sluggishness or heavy sleep, because the body has lost a lot of red blood cells. This can be countered by consuming extra liquid (water and different drinks) and food containing high protein and iron. You can even take some mineral and vitamin supplements, but the best is to watch your diet.

You can Google under "heavy bleeding during menstrual cycle" and you will find a lot of medical advice, herbs and food that can help you. In the near future, we can supply articles and links that can lead you to some of these answers, but for now, we want to share with you how much you can ease your cramps, control your blood flow or even regulate it by seeking the proper knowledge.

Home remedies for menstrual cramps:

Exercising is one of the easiest ways to ward off this problem. Walking helps in reducing menstrual cramps because it improves circulation of pelvic organs. So do abs curls and crunches.

A warm bath (try infusing with rose essence, which is very calming for cramps) or a heating pad may just do the trick. Keep the heating pad on the small of your back. It relaxes the muscle spasms and also alleviates cramps.

Ginger tea can relieve menstrual cramps. Simmer handful ginger, cut in slices for 15 minutes. Let it cool before drinking.

Have a tablespoon of aloe vera gel with two pinches of black pepper thrice a day.

The anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties associated with cinnamon can ease the symptoms of menstrual cramping. Sprinkle cinnamon on your breakfast foods or add to tea.

Basil possesses a pain-killing component called caffeic acid, which can bring relief to menstrual cramping. You can either use it as a spice when cooking or steep the basil in a tea. Add two tablespoons of basil leaves to one pint of boiling water. Cover tightly and allow the blend to cool at room temperature. Drink half to one cup of the basil tea every hour to ease your cramps

Mint - relieve your cramps with peppermint or wintergreen, especially when added to a tea. Drink one to two cups per day. Throughout the day, you may also suck on mint candy.

DIET FOR MENSTRUAL CRAMPS

Foods That May Help

Eating fish and vegetables that contain linoleic and linolenic acids can increase your levels of chemicals called prostaglandins, one type of which helps to relax your muscles and limit some types of menstrual cramps. Eating flaxseed can help limit the type of prostaglandins that increase cramps.

Cayenne pepper, nuts, seeds, fruits and whole grains can also help decrease your risk for menstrual cramps, as can eating smaller meals, drinking warm beverages (but avoid caffeine), and taking calcium supplements.

Foods to Avoid

Alcohol, caffeine, dairy products, refined sugar, salt and wheat can increase the type of cramps that are caused by retaining water. Avoiding artificial sweeteners, red meat and foods that are fatty may also help limit cramping. Start avoiding these types of food a few days before your period. Everybody reacts differently, but over time, you will figure out which foods aggravate the cramps.

Don't limit your diet too much; just eat healthy foods and limit these foods around menstruation if it helps avoid cramps.

More to come.

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