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Is it that time of the month again? Most women would agree that womanhood is pretty amazing with the exception of the dreaded period. Ugh! While the menstrual cycle serves a greater purpose, the cramps, bloating, mood swings and breakouts will make you want to yank out all of your hair and scream at the top of your lungs. Luckily for you, here are five natural remedies that will help make your menstruation less painful.

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1. Apply heat.

For quick relief, try taking a hot bath/shower or placing a heating pad on your abdomen.

2. Limit your caffeine intake.

Yep, that cup of coffee that so many of us turn to in the morning can actually make cramps worse while increasing levels of tension, fatigue, bloating and irritability. Opt for ginger-or mint-flavored (caffeine-free) teas instead. Other foods and beverages high in caffeine to avoid include sodas, chocolate and candies.

3. Exercise.

Working out before and during your menstruation is a great idea because when you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which act as natural painkillers. Yoga is especially recommended because it’s not too strenuous, but still helps to relieve those annoying menstrual symptoms.

4. Alter your diet.

Cashews and almonds are rich in vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium – perfect for relieving painful cramps.

5. Try acupuncture.

This ancient practice is becoming a popular remedy for treating menstrual pain because it’s thought to regulate the blood flow through the abdomen and therefore reduce cramps. Just how many treatments will you need? It varies, but one or two sessions per week for five or six weeks is pretty typical.

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