Your period is approaching in a few days and you get the monthly reminder with a sudden onset of cramps.

Stop terrible period cramps in their tracks and prevent or lessen your symptoms by following these 8 all-natural tips to avoid menstrual cramps.

 

1. Drink plenty of water

Menstrual cramps and other symptoms of your period can actually be caused by dehydration.

Focus on eating more fresh fruit and veggies the 10 days before your period. These foods are naturally high in water and contain vitamins and minerals that could help ease period cramps.

 

2. Increase your calcium and magnesium intake

The minerals calcium and magnesium act as natural muscle relaxers. When you are feeling pain, it is your uterus contracting.

Make sure you are eating foods with these special minerals to relax your uterus.

Look for leafy greens and avocado.

 

3. Avoid alcohol

Alcohol can negatively affect your PMS symptoms during your period.

Avoid drinking alcohol right before your period and the first day of your period to prevent severe cramps.

 

4. Drink herbal tea

Some good herbal teas to sip on when your menstrual cramps flare up are chamomile and red hibiscus flower teas.

 

5. Massage your uterus

Give yourself a massage to relieve menstrual cramps.

Use essential oil like lavender, clary sage, and peppermint to maximize the benefit. Mix a few drops with a tablespoon of a carrier oil like almond oil.

Slowly massage your lower abdomen to relieve and soothe period cramps.

 

6. Use a heating pad

Applying heat on your lower abdomen will help to ease the cramping during your period.

The easiest way to apply heat is with a heating pad or with a hot water bottle.

It’s also a great time to just curl up with your heating pad and watch some Netflix.

You can also take a hot bath to ease your uterine contractions.

 

7. Avoid salty foods

Salty foods can dehydrate you and cause bloating.

Avoid eating too many salty foods leading up to your period and stay well hydrated when you do eat salty food.

 

8. Exercise

I know the last thing you want to do is exercise when you have period cramps.

However, it is one of the best ways to quickly get through those cramps. Exercising increases blood flow and releases endorphins that to prevent hormones that cause your uterus to contract.