Worried about period pain? Check out these 5 easy lifestyle changes to get rid of it
New Delhi: Pain and discomfort are often considered part of menstruation. Up to 80 percent of women experience pain during menstruation at some point in their lives. However, for some of them, it could be from the start of their menstrual cycle to menopause. For most women, menstrual pain can be controlled through a few lifestyle changes. Aastha Sharma, Co-Founder, Imbue Natural, while talking to IANSLife, shares tips that can help you reduce period pain and manage it efficiently:
Switch to Healthy Snacking:Your diet plays an important role in maintaining the healthy maintenance of the uterus. Hormonal imbalance during periods often causes the desire for unhealthy food. While you acknowledge your food craving, make sure you also eat snacks that are healthy and provide the nutrients you need. Be sure to include healthy fatty acids like omega 3 in your diet. Foods rich in fiber such as green vegetables, legumes and whole grains are known to reduce cramps during periods.
exercise:Engaging in physical activities has also been proven to reduce menstrual pain. Walking, running, swimming, or doing yoga can help relieve your pain. Exercise releases hormones like endorphins and serotonin that act as natural pain-killers.
stay hydrated:Period cramps will feel more painful if you are dehydrated. Make sure you drink at least 2 to 3 liters of water a day. You can also include fruit juices in your diet which will nourish your body while keeping it hydrated.
Heat Therapy:Pampering your body during menstruation can not only ease the pain but can also help your body relax. Women often use hot water bags to reduce cramps and relax the abdominal area, however, hot water bags can prove tedious when it comes to managing the temperature and getting instant relief. An alternative to this is to use period pain relieving oils. Imbue’s Rosa Period Pain Oil is one such alternative that is made from the goodness of pressed cinnamon, yarrow and vetiver oils. The self-warming properties of this oil help reduce period cramps and improve mood by relieving stress.
Take a break, stop working through it: Women are often taught to keep menstruation a private matter, and talking about menstruation is often stigmatized. We are expected to endure the pain and work through it. Stress from work and home life can add to physical discomfort. You should listen to your body and give it breaks when needed.