If there’s one thing I hate (or hated to be more accurate) about being a woman is getting my periods. Although this wasn’t the case at first I started getting heavy menstrual cramps around the age of 13/14 and the pain was so bad I would vomit the whole day and even ended in the hospital twice because of this. It was something I threaded and not only because of the pain but mainly because I would be sick the whole day. Luckily that time of the month ‘diminished’ to menstrual cramps but still not something I looked forward to.
Our bodies are a compass in many ways and I believe that even menstrual cramps tell us something about unhealthy emotional patterns and eating habits. My mum has a mild form of arthritis so I’m always on the lookout for anti-inflammatory foods that she should eat. Food is our medicine if we use it in the right way and that’s also a reason I started my Superfood Sunday feature. Becoming aware of the huge benefits of such foods I started eating more superfoods, anti-inflammatory foods and created a morning drink based on that which I drink on an empty stomach every morning. I combined both oil pulling, superfood breakfast and my morning drink at some point and I was astonished how my menstrual cramps TOTALLY disappeared. Whereas before I would feel little nudges of pain before THE day at one point I got my periods and didn’t even realize it (I’m very irregular). And I simply didn’t notice because there was no pain before, during and after!
I’m very inconsistent when it comes to food and at some point I went back to the foods which I normally avoid such as bread etc. Leaving the fantastic 3 behind the cramps came back. So I knew it was something in those 3 (or all of it) that made the difference. I went back to my drink (and only that for now) and the menstrual cramps vanished again.
So what morning drink is this and why did this home remedy cure my menstrual cramps?
Anti-Inflammatory foods prevent menstrual cramps
Every morning I boil water and add cinnamon, turmeric and ginger powder to it. All ingredients are anti-inflammatory and are recommended for people who suffer from arthritis for example. So how does this relate to menstrual cramps?
The pain you feel is caused by an inflammation and that’s why the medication sold to relieve menstrual cramps have an anti-inflammatory effect. I don’t like to take pills because in my opinion they’re poison and in the long run do more damage. Plus you’re suppressing something that you’re body is trying to warn you about and in this case it might be that your diet is too inflammatory.
By drinking my cinnamon, turmeric, ginger-tea daily it prevents the inflammation from occurring. So not only am I feeding my body with many vitamins and nutrients it also relieves the menstrual cramps in a healthy way! Inflammation can cause diseases such as arthritis or appendicitis. But even the illnesses without an “itis” at the end, such as cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and Alzheimer’s disease, may be triggered in part by inflammation.
Health Benefits: Cinnamon, Turmeric & Ginger
All three are anti-inflammatory. On top of this each ingredients is a powerhouse filled with many benefits
Cinnamon: helps improve circulation and relieve discomfort in the abdomen upset, cramps and reduces fungal infections. Cinnamon also lowers cholesterol, reduces blood sugar levels, fights bad breath, effective for indigestion, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea & gas.
Turmeric: contains the active ingredient curcumin which is a anti-inflammatory, blood-purifying powerhouse. Many studies report curcumin’s skin-protecting, cancer-killing properties. Turmeric is also a natural detoxifier, cleanses the blood, purifies the liver and kidneys in the process. Used externally, it can remove boils. Used internally, it can aid in removing cysts.
Ginger: boosts your immune system, relieves migraine, thins the blood, freshens the breath, prevents the cold & flu, relieves menstrual cramps, protects against color cancer, promotes healthy sweating and much more.
So wether you’re drinking this to cure your menstrual cramps or not, it’s a perfect healthy drink to kickstart your day and will help you improve your health in many ways just like I did.
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