Dysmenorrhea, also known as painful periods or menstrual cramps, is pain during menstruation. Its usual onset occurs around the time that menstruation begins. Symptoms typically last less than three days. The pain is usually in the pelvis or lower abdomen. Other symptoms may include back pain, diarrhea or nausea.
What Causes Menstrual Cramp
During your menstrual period, your uterus contracts to help expel its lining. The hormonelike substances, prostaglandins, involved in pain and inflammation trigger the uterine muscle contractions. Higher levels of prostaglandins are associated with more-severe menstrual cramps.
The prostaglandins are a group of physiologically active lipid compounds called eicosanoids having diverse hormone-like effects in animals. In addition, they are found in almost every tissue in humans and other mammals. They are derived enzymatically from the fatty acid arachidonic acid.
How to Balance Prostaglandins
One can keep prostaglandins under control by, limiting or avoiding certain foods. Foods with added sugar, potentially conventional dairy products. Moreover, refined vegetables oils, and processed grains. In addition, poor quality meats and processed meats (like cold cuts, hot dogs, cured meats, etc.), alcohol and caffeine.
That Time of the Month
- 3 Basil Leaves
- 1½ cups Blueberries
- ½ Lime
- 5 cups Watermelon
- 1 tip of a butter knife of Cayenne Pepper