9 Non-Medicinal Ways to Cure Cramps

Relieve menstrual discomfort and pain when dealing with your period.

9 Non-Medicinal Ways to Cure Cramps

Primary menstural cramps occur when prostaglandin, a hormone-like chemical in the body causes contractions that cut off the oxygen supply to muscle tissues.

Secondary menstrual cramps are cramps that are a change from the normal periods a woman has had her whole life. These could be a sign of something more serious (such as infections, endometriosis, or scarring) and warrant a visit to your doctor.

Instead of relying on over-the-counter medications for relief, try these alternative ways to cure your cramps. For more lifestyle tips and solutions for your health concerns, download the official Dr. Oz app!

Watch: Understanding Menstrual Cramps

Eat Nutrient-Rich Foods

Your diet plays a large role in how your body fights pain before and during your period. Nutrients such as vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and zinc help release muscle tension and lower inflammation. Incorporate more fatty fish, such as salmon, and leafy greens, like spinach, into your diet to help relieve the most stubborn of cramps.

Watch: How to Add Omega-3 to Your Diet

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