Are you a woman who suffers from menstrual pain or other menstrual health complications? If so, do you feel as if your world stops each and every month. What if Carlin Chiropractic told you that it doesn’t have to?
Natural Remedies for Menstrual Health
There are a number of natural remedies and other home remedies that you can use to seek relief menstrual pain relief.
This natural home remedy for menstrual cramps can be taken in many different ways. Some Australian women find relief by grinding a teaspoon of ginger, swallowing it, and washing it down with a glass of water. Others recommend grinding the ginger and leaving it to soak in a boiled cup of water, then waiting for it to cool to a drinkable temperature before consuming. While some women find that including ginger in cooking can provide menstrual pain relief.
Another natural remedy for menstrual health that relieves the severity of cramps is cooked banana flower. Carlin Chiropractic recommends eating it with a side of yoghurt. This home remedy may assist with easing pain and discomfort, and assist women experiencing a heavy cycle.
Food and drink rich in magnesium
Magnesium is a helpful and naturally occurring substance that can assist with menstrual health. But don’t overdo it, excessive consumption can cause tummy upsets and muscle weakness. Magnesium can be found in the following foods:
- 70% dark chocolate: With 64 mg in a 28-gram serving, that’s 16% of your recommended daily intake
- Avocados: One regular sized avocado provides 58 mg, which is 15% of your recommended daily intake
- Nuts: A 28-gram serving of cashews contains 82 mg of magnesium, which is 20% of your recommended daily intake
- Legumes: Lentils, beans, chickpeas, peas and soybeans are your friend! Furthermore, 1 cup serving of black beans provides 120 mg of magnesium, which is 30% of your recommended daily intake
- Tofu: 100 grams of provides 53 mg of magnesium, which is 13% of your recommended daily intake
- Seeds: There are many sources of magnesium here, whether it be flax or chia seeds. Pumkin seeds actually provide 150 mg in a 28-gram serving which amounts to a 37% of your recommended daily intake
- Whole grains: Wheat, oats, barley, buckwheat and quinoa are beneficial. A 28-gram serving of dry buckwheat contains 65 mg of magnesium, which is 16% of your recommended daily intake
- Fish: Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and halibut can boost your magnesium intake. A 180 gram fillet of salmon will give you 53 mg of magnesium – 13% of your daily intake
- Bananas: not just the flower this time, but the flesh itself! One large banana typically contains 37 mg, or 9% of your daily intake
- Leafy greens: Kale, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens and mustard greens pack a solid magnesium punch! 1 cup of cooked spinach contains 157 mg of magnesium, which is the equivalent of 39% of your recommended daily intake
Omega 3 Fatty Acids for menstrual health
Just like magnesium, when Omega 3 Fatty Acids are consumed in moderation, there are little to no side effects. For those who do not eat fish or fish products, there are capsule supplements available. Staying on top of your Omega 3 Fatty Acids is the recommended approach, and should be consumed on a regular basis, not just when menstrual cramps are a problem.
We know it’s easier said than done during menstrual health problems. If a gym visit, running or aerobics are too painful to endure, then walking, yoga or some simple stretching may assist to relieve cramping. Talk to our expert team about how the freedom of movement created by Chiropractic care can provide menstrual pain relief.
Discomfort, and cramps that often accompany a menstrual health flare-up can always be treated with heat. While it’s not truly a “natural” remedy, there are many women who use heat packs or a warm washcloth to ease the pain of cramps. Be careful though, let your source of heat cool before applying to your skin.
Chiro for Menstrual Health
We hope you’ve discovered some new remedies to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with menstrual cramps. Apart from staying on top of your water consumption, you should talk to a Chiropractor about how Chiropractic care can provide menstrual pain relief. Reach out to us today on 08 9385 2388 for a chat, or make a booking via our contact form.