Reduce Cramps

Not always he easiest subject to talk about but never-the-less an important issue for many of us ladies.

Rather than popping some Midol there are many holistic remedies than can offer very immediate and lasting results.

Eat your way to relief!

There are many natural ways to relieve the symptoms of cramps, many of which has to do with opening the veins. A few ways to address this is to increase circulation; consuming foods that naturally increase your circulation can easily be added to your diet a few favorites include:

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-Ginger or chamomile tea (with local raw honey- a natural anti-inflammatory)

-Fennel

-Red Beets (a natural iron rich vaso-dilator)

-Spinach (great source of calcium which improves muscle function & Iron)

-Fish or Flax seed (helps put essential fatty acids in the system)

Relief through Massage

One of the more lasting and immediate ways to increase circulation is to receive massage in the effected areas, massage in the lower back and abdomen can break up tissue, open veins and offer immediate relief. This technique can be uncomfortable the first time you receive it but the long term benefits far outweigh the short term uneasyness. Increase effectiveness of this treatment by using lavender or chamomile essential oils.

As an added bonus you can use Juniper or Grapefruit essential oil to reduce fluid retention.

Take a Hike

As well as helping overall wellness, exercise is a easy and accessible way to curb those cramps. Take a brisk walk around the block for relief. Keep in mind you don’t have to go crazy to get results, remember the goal is to increase circulation and a small amount of activity can accomplish this!

Part of a healthy regiment is finding natural ways to relieve everyday pain! Treat the source, not just the symptoms!

 

 

Just Breathe!

Learn to center the mind & BodyBreathe is an essential element to a wellness regiment.  By simply focusing on good breathing techniques you can reduce stress, increase clarity of thought and eliminate toxins.  When properly applied breathing techniques can lessen symptoms of headaches, anxiety and even reduce asthmatic attacks!

The air in our lungs can be likened to a glass of water.  When inhaling and exhaling we often ‘shorten’ our breath (not fully emptying or filling our lungs) and cheat the natural process of eliminating waste through the gas exchange system of inspiration.  If you consistently shorten your breathe than you are only drinking half the ‘glass of water’ then filling it back up!  This can leave your glass with a mish-mash of leftover toxins.  By simple learning to exercise your lungs you naturally eliminate these toxins and help increase life-giving oxygen in your system, naturally.  The body eliminates an astonishing 70% of its waste through the lungs!

In the space of a few moments you can improve your health through breathe!

Here is a simple 5 minute breathing exercise:

Find a quiet place free from distractions

Close your eyes and sit comfortably

Breathe naturally and notice the pace and length of your inhale and exhale

Start slowing your breath

Inhale through the nose

Exhale through the mouth, constrict the throat to ‘push’ out breathe slowly

Fully fill your lungs begin at the bottom of the rib cage going up the chest to the top of the throat

Stretch the rib-cage, allow space

Begin to count your inhale for 5. 4. 3. 2. 1

Hold your full lungs for 2. 1.

Exhale for 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.

Fully empty your lungs

Hold empty space for 2. 1.

Repeat 5-6 times

Allow your breathe to fall back into its natural rhythm

Return back to your day!  Notice any changes in your body and mind…  and don’t forget

Just Breathe!

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