Thursday, 21 March 2013

When The Red Flower Blooms...

(Please ask Mom to read this first and give permission for you to read if you are under 18)

Hi All

Today's topic is mainly for the ladies; but if you are a man in a relationship then I suggest you take a read too; this is valuable information that will assist you in helping your wife/ girlfriend when her red flower blooms. I am really lucky with my hubby because he not only understands but is sensitive and comforting when "that time of the month" arrives for me. After having three kids and two epidurals later, I really have a tough time when the red car parks in my garage. Menstrual cramps are horrific, whether they be mild or severe (as in my case) and I have done extensive research to help find natural foods and Beverages that could help ease this nightmarish pain. Not only the pain, but the other side effects too; such as nausea; vomiting, migraines, hormone-imbalances and aching bones; even acne break outs included.

To help with menstrual cramps eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies and drink loads of water, this helps to flush out the higher acidity levels in your body to fight against acne break outs. Eat foods high in fibre; fibre is useful in cleansing the body of excess estrogen (which leads to more severe cramping and gas). Vitamin E, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Zinc help to fight against cramps and bloating. Peppermint is amazing for this time of the month! Not only is it a natural digestive agent but it also contains anti-spasmodic and anti-gas properties too. Peppermint tea tastes good and will help with relief. Lay off the alcohol and caffeine; such as coffee, while on your cycle; coffee makes the cramps that much worse. Replace it with milk, cheese and yoghurt. Bananas, Avocados, Dried Apricots, Dried Prunes, Spinach and Chocolate all help with reducing cramps and muscle soreness. Chamomile tea and Ginger tea help to relax over-worked muscles and heats the body from the inside. Ground Flaxseeds and tuna and salmon contain high doses of Omega-3, this is also useful in alleviating those horrid cramps.

Other ways to reduce the pain are: getting in some light exercise, taking a walk or yoga. Fill a hot water bottle or buckwheat microwave baggie to place on the paining area. Keep your feet warm! (I am terrible with this because I am forever barefoot and used to think this was an old-wives tale, but its really not!)

This next advice is for married women only: sexual activity also helps as orgasms release oxytocin which causes uterine contractions that help release the pain and add blood flow to the affected areas. Increased blood flow brings more oxygen to the uterus and helps with easing cramps. But please; use this method only if you are married or in an adult relationship. Teenage girls should rather use the steps provided above and abstain from sexual activity until the appropriate time.

Remember to have regular check ups with your gynae and look after yourself. As horrible as menstrual cycles are we must remember that they are a gift from God; the gift to be able to create new life. This is an honour and we should cherish it. Dads, hubbies and boyfriends, please be sensitive when this time of the month happens for us girls and remember that pms-ing and moods swings are not our choice; as a matter of fact: menstrual cramps are really very crappy so please be kind and understand.

Hope this information helps!

Look after yourselves ladies.

Chef Shants xxxxx

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