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2 Main Causes of PMS and Cramps and How to Get Rid of Them

I don’t think I know one woman who is happy to have Aunt Flow come to visit (well unless they’re panicked because she’s taking a while to turn up). We all despise the PMS and the cramps. However, did you know that in some cases these symptoms can be avoided and if they can’t be avoided they can be helped with some nice simple Yoga moves.

How Can PMS and Cramps Be Avoided?

There are a few factors involved in the causes of PMS and cramps but the main thing is low progesterone which happens due to a hormone imbalance. That might sound a little obvious I know, but what you need to understand is that hormone imbalances don’t tend to just happen for no reason and here are the 2 main causes of them:

1. Diet

2. Stress

Changing Your Diet To Lessen Your Symptoms

– Cut down on the amount of animal products you eat including meat, fish and dairy

Animal products, being that they are animal, like we are, contain hormones of their own they are also fed hormones by farmers so what ever they eat you will eat. 

– Increase your vitamin B12 and Omega 3

Although the media will tell you meat, fish and dairy are the best ways to get this you’ll actually find the best way is through B12 supplements and Flaxseeds. Try having 1 tbsp of flaxseeds a day and one B12 tablet a day.

– Cut down on refined sugar

Ideally completely cut out refined sugar. There are a tonne of refined sugar free recipes out there and it’s even getting easier to buy refined sugar free products, the best coming from Deliciously Ella in my opinion.

– Alleviate stress

Getting rid of stress is definitely going to be the hardest one to achieve but this is where Yoga comes in.

Using Yoga To Alleviate Stress, PMS and Cramps

– Slow, deep belly breathing

The best thing about this is it can be done anywhere, anytime, which is what makes it one of the best ways to alleviate stress. Try doing this at least twice a day: upon waking and before going to sleep.

 

 

– Suryanamaskar A and B Or Sun Salutation A and B

pop over to my Power In The Mind video on YouTube to follow a sun salutation and even a meditation. The continual flow and movement can be really healing for the mind. This is best done to prevent stress not cramps when you’re on your period.

 

 

– Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining bound angle pose)

Any hip opening poses will really help when you’re getting cramps

 

 

– Anjaneyasana (low lunge pose)

Another lovely hip opener

 

 

– Gomukhasana (cow pose)

Not only is this a hip opener but also great for stretching out your lower back

 

 

-Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend)

This is a great forward bend that also massages the belly

 

 

– Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)

This is such a lovely way to stretch your belly when you’re getting cramps or even to avoid them

 

 

All of the above being said, sometimes cramps and PMS can be unavoidable and unfortunately some of you may have it worse than others, but hopefully some of these things will help you out.

Subscribe to my YouTube channel to get ready for the upcoming video to help you when Aunt Flow comes to visit.

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