It seems that at least 60% of women in fertile age struggle every month with menstrual cramps. I checked a few blogs about it and I found a crowd of women in this category.
I was part of that crowd for 15 years myself. The moment I was getting my period I needed to take pain killers right away to avoid emptying my stomach because of the unbearable cramps! The contractions were so strong and painful that I felt like I was giving birth! It was a real nightmare, if I did not want to spend at least 3 days in bed I had to take pain killers continuously. I dreaded those moments of the month!
Then, years later (TOO MANY!!) I discovered the solution was so simple I felt stupid! By simply changing few things in my lifestyle I got rid of my “monthly nightmare” !! No more pain killers, no more being knocked out for days feeling like I was going to die, no more excessive bleeding.
So here are my suggestions for you to get rid of menstrual cramps or reduce them significantly. You can try this challenge for a month to see the effects on your next period:
- Remove or reduce as much as possible animal proteins from your diet: animal proteins are highly acidifying for our body, hence they create inflammation. Dairy is particularly bad for female reproductive system, so, if you do not want to give up meat, try at least to set aside dairy for some time. I promise you will see a huge difference!
- Eat more raw fruits and vegetables: eat fruits in the morning, avoid mixing too many types unless you blend them. Focus on seasonal juicy fruits; the best moment of the day is in the morning at breakfast. Try to include at least 3 servings of fruit a day away from the main meals.
- Avoid coffee especially in the morning: coffee is very inflammatory for the gut and the gut is very close to the uterus. If you cannot give up your daily coffee, try to postpone it toward lunch time.
- Avoid alcohol at least one week prior the period: if you are used to drink regularly everyday, try to skip alcohol one week before the expected period. Alcohol is acidifying and irritates the gut.
- Exercise: do some exercise at least 3 times a week. You do not need to go to the gym or swimming pool, you can simply dedicate 30 minutes to do some work out at home. In my youtube channel you find a 11 minute video where I explain some basic exercises you can do by yourself.
- Meditate: meditate means breathing, reducing your stress level, taking the time to reconnect with your inner self. Blood circulation is improved and so is oxygen. I find meditation a very powerful pain killer: whenever my period is more painful than usual, I just sit down, close my eyes, focus on my breath and visualize my womb in my arms as if it was my baby.
- Drink water with lemon every morning: Lemon is really detoxing and is ideal as first thing in the morning. You can have it with hot water in winter and cold water in summer. In general, drink a lot of water during the day, most of it possibly during the first half of your day to avoid waking up at night to go to the loo.
You probably know all of this already, but if you are struggling with menstrual cramps I recommend you follow these steps focusing on this particular ailment. I did this myself and I could not believe it the first time I got my period and after 1 hour I was able to go out running!!
Feel free to reach out to me for more details. I could have explained each step more extensively but I wanted to make this more like a quick guide. If you have any doubt or question I will love to help you with it!
We are here to share, aren’t we? Don’t forget to be gentle with yourself!