Our guest author today has some great suggestions on a common problem for most women: menstrual cramps. Kodjo is in great shape himself, so anything he has to say is worth hearing – even if he isn't lucky enough to be a woman. :-)
It’s a well-known fact that more often than not, women experience pain during their menstrual cycles. Menstrual cramps can take such a toll on a woman, to the point she is unable to focus on regular daily tasks; especially the first couple of days of her period. Fortunately, menstrual cramps can be prevented or avoided. Here are few tips that may help you lessen the pain you experience during your menstrual cycles.
It is a given that regular physical activity can help everyone to remain healthy and in good physical condition. But in relation to menstrual cramps, regular exercises are particularly important, as they help reduce the pain significantly. Exercising regularly helps increase blood flow, which ultimately leads to more relaxed blood vessels, preventing the constrictions that are at the core of menstrual cramps.
Understandably, exercising should be used as a preventative method; in other words, women should exercise well ahead of their period; rather than seeking to curb their menstrual cramps through a workout session. If you feel apt for an exercise routine during your period, make sure you are well hydrated, and take it easy at the gym. A 20-min brisk jog on the treadmill or a 15-min session of Bulgarian squats should be good enough (especially during the first 2 days of your period).
Take Natural Progesterone
Natural progesterone is generally used by OBGYNs to prevent miscarriage during the first trimester (by relaxing the uterus, and stopping miscarriage contractions). Now, keep in mind that natural progesterone is not patented. It simply cannot be patented, because it is a natural remedy rather than a mainstream conventional medicine. But do not let that deter you. Contrary to chemical estrogens such as Xenoestrogens, which actually promote menstrual cramps, natural progesterone oil cures the cramps and bloating.
Menstrual cramps are the result of uterine contractions. These uterine contractions are in turn caused by the body’s release of prostaglandins hormones. Mainstream medicines block the ability of the body to make prostaglandins. On the contrary, natural progesterone is not a hormone disrupter; and as such, tackles the issue at its root, by relaxing vessels, rather than suppressing the release of prostaglandins.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Magnesium
Omega-3 fatty acids have many health benefits. They are typically found in sardines, salmon, anchovies and mackerel. Natural fish-oil capsules also contain large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.
Several studies have found omega-3 fatty acids to relieve menstrual cramps as they have a blood-thinning property. So you may want to begin incorporating salmon and sardines in your weekly diet.
Magnesium is found in green leafy vegetables, seeds, nuts, and whole grains. Though it is also contained in nutritional supplements, the best way to assure it is natural is to get it through food. Magnesium helps prevent menstrual cramps by regulating blood sugar level, and normalizing muscle and nerve functions, as well as heart rhythm.
Follow these guidelines, and your painful menstrual cramps should disappear over time.