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Tips to Ease Period Cramps

January 17, 2018

make period cramps go away

When it's that time of the month again, try these simple tips to ease your cramps.

Stay hydrated

Grab your water bottle, and trade those tortilla chips and alcohol for some chocolate and a banana.

Keeping hydrated during your period can help keep your cramps in check. How? When cramps get really bad, it’s because the muscles in the uterus are contracting. You know how you’re likely to get a cramp from exercising if you’re dehydrated? The same concept applied - your uterus is more likely to cramp if you haven’t been hydrating, according to Dr. Jessica Shepherd, assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at The University of Illinois College at Chicago.

 That’s why it’s important to decrease salt and alcohol consumption a few days before your periods start. That means if you give into your potato chip, French fry, sangria cravings, you’re dehydrating your body, which can increase the frequency and time of the cramps, says Dr. Shepard.

Reduce Caffeine Consumption

Caffeine can be overly dehydrating and it’s best to limit your caffeine consumption during your period. Have you had matcha green tea before? It has 137x the antioxidants as regular green tea, and a third of the caffeine of a normal cup of black coffee. Yes, 137x more antioxidants than green tea. So not only is it super healthy, but it has less caffeine to keep your cramps at a more manageable level.

Conclusion

Stick to non-alcoholic beverages and low-sodium foods from the day before your period until it ends. And don’t forget to stock up on your favorite dark chocolates!




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