21 Jul How to Reduce Period Cramps
Wondering how to reduce period cramps and how to make period cramps go away?
I’ll be blunt: hormones are complicated.
When my clients come to me with period cramps, mood swings, low energy and fertility problems–besides getting them on some herbs–I work on blood sugar, liver health, digestion and stress levels.
…Because all of those things influence the estrogen and progesterone hormones.
Basically, if you are wondering, “why are my period cramps so bad?” It’s your body’s way of telling you that something else is out of whack.
So if you are dealing with estrogen dominance and want to know how to make period cramps go away, there isn’t a quick fix pill, it really is best to work on every area of your health, as it’s all connected.
That being said, there are some ways to reduce period cramps. Watch the video and read on to find out more.
Reduce period cramps with Magnesium
Magnesium is necessary for over 300 metabolic processes in the body, including the relaxation of muscles and metabolizing of vitamin D (which acts like a hormone in the body). It used to be plentiful in our soil but because of farming practices, soil (and ultimately our food) has actually become quite deficient.
It’s also depleted with stress, caffeine, birth control and alcohol (if you just thought “check, check, check,” you aren’t alone), so most people are somewhat deficient.
If you’re going to get magnesium, make sure you get a respected brand and look at what type of magnesium is on the label.
- Magnesium Oxide is cheap but not very effective.
- Magnesium Citrate is good if you are constipated, but otherwise may cause loose stools.
- Magnesium Glycinate does not have that effect and is quite absorbable. I usually recommend this kind.
- Magnesium L-threonate is also quite absorbable and helps with cognitive function. I also advise this, especially for those looking to support brain health.
If you’re wondering what foods help with period cramps, here are some foods that are high in magnesium: dark leafy greens like spinach and kale, raw cacao (purest form of chocolate), almonds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, lentils, quinoa and nettle tea.
I usually recommend eating these foods on a regular basis in addition to taking a supplement. My clients often find relief in reducing period cramps by doubling their magnesium intake when they feel cramps come on.
Reduce Period Cramps with CBD
CBD is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories I have seen in my practice. It also helps bring the body into homeostasis and helps with stress and anxiety – which ultimately helps with hormone health.
The type you take is extremely important as there are a lot of cheap and ineffective brands on the market now. You also want to make sure you get the right dosage if you are looking to use CBD to reduce period cramps.
If you’ve never taken CBD before and need to do more research, have questions or want a good brand, I have a whole CBD resource center here.
My clients usually find relief from period cramps by taking 20 mg of CBD oil (in addition, or in place of the magnesium supplement) when they feel cramps coming on.
How to Reduce Period Cramps by Balancing Hormones
While these supplements may give some relief from period cramps, it is still extremely important to get to the root cause of why your cramps are so bad in the first place – which is usually due to a hormone imbalance, specifically with estrogen or progesterone levels.
If you want to know more about how your hormones work with your metabolism, check out the free workshop below, or contact me for a free metabolic breakthrough session where we can get to the root cause of why your period cramps are so bad and lay out a plan for you to feel good in your body again.
A slow metabolism, imbalanced hormones and lack of energy are not just a part of getting older. If you get to the root cause, it is possible to feel good in your body again.
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