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10 Instant Cures For Menstrual Cramps You Didn’t Know

10 Instant Cures For Menstrual Cramps You Didn’t Know

Most women experience some level of pain during their period. This is caused by the uterus contracting and relaxing, and the pain can last between a few hours to over a week. If you want to reduce your menstrual cramps, check out 10 proven methods to relieve the pain immediately.

1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a natural way to help relieve period pain. It is known to help reduce inflammation and soothe pain. Try a cinnamon hot chocolate to help relieve your menstrual cramps. Make hot chocolate using cocoa power or a pre-mixed brand. Stir half a teaspoon of cinnamon power and half a teaspoon of nutmeg into the freshly made hot chocolate, and add sugar to taste.

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    2. Coriander Seeds

    Coriander has been proven to relieve pain and increase blood flow. Use coriander to relieve your period pain by trying a glass of coriander water. Add 15 coriander seeds to a boiling pan of water. Keep boiling the water until it has reduced by half. Allow the drink to cool slightly before drinking.

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      3. Salmon

      Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids that help to provide menstrual relief. Try a lemon and salmon fillet as a tasty way to reduce period pain. Season the salmon fillet with lemon juice, black pepper, tarragon and olive oil in a baking tray. Cover the salmon with lemon slices and bake in the oven.

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        4. Dark chocolate

        Dark chocolate (over 70% cocoa) is the perfect treat to help with menstrual cramps – it will help your muscles to relax, quickly helping to relieve pain. If you want to use dark chocolate to help with your symptoms, consider melting dark chocolate over fruit. This combines healthy eating with period pain relief!

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          5. Calcium

          Foods that are high in calcium, such as milk, yogurt and broccoli, help to relieve muscle pain and cramps. Try relieving your period pain with a mix of yogurt and fruit, such as pineapple, strawberries and blueberries. This can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or as a snack!

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            6. Chamomile tea

            There are lots of health benefits to drinking chamomile tea, including relief from menstrual cramps. The tea contains anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties that help to ease pain and reduce the severity of the muscle spasms in the uterus. Have a cup of chamomile tea each morning and evening to help fight period pain.

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              7. Spinach

              Leafy greens like spinach contain lots of magnesium which helps to relax the muscles. If you want to use spinach to combat your menstrual cramps, try a delicious spinach salad.

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              Chop up a whole red onion, followed by some salad tomatoes. Add the onions and tomatoes to a bowl with 8 ounces of baby spinach. Crumble feta cheese over the top, then garnish with your favorite salad dressing.

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                8. Ginger

                Ginger combats menstrual pain in lots of different ways. It helps to reduce the pain hormones in your body, and it also gives you an added boost of energy so you won’t feel as tired during the day. Try adding ginger, honey and a slice of lemon to boiling water to help with your menstrual cramps.

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                  9. Fiber

                  Excess hormones are expelled through our bowls, and without enough fiber they are reabsorbed into your body. Stay in control of your hormones by eating a fiber-packed meal. Fiber is in lots of things; fruit, vegetables, grains and beans.

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                  Try a healthy fruit salad, filled with apples, to relieve period pain.

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                    10. Garlic

                    Garlic helps to kill bacteria while reducing inflammation. If you want to use garlic to help with menstrual cramps, try a garlic tea or start to cook with garlic oil. Alternatively, cut up 2 garlic cloves and add them to a dinner sauce.

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                      Last Updated on May 15, 2019

                      How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

                      How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

                      As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

                      “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

                      When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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                      Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

                      We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

                      But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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                      So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

                      It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

                      1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

                      Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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                      2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

                      This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

                      You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

                      3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

                      This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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                      4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

                      How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

                      So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

                      If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

                      And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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