8. Take more Magnesium
Several studies have linked magnesium deficiency to severe menstrual cramping. Magnesium is a crucial mineral in the body known to power nearly 300 enzyme systems. It is essential in building muscles and healthy bones. The body needs magnesium to enable the proper functioning of all muscles and nerves. It also helps regulate blood pressure and sugar levels.
Magnesium helps prevent menstrual cramping by relaxing the muscles of the uterus. The mineral inhibits the release of excess prostaglandins known to cause period pains. It is effective in treating menstrual cramps, particularly when taken with vitamin B6 in the combination of 250mg of magnesium and 40mg of vitamin B6.
It is, however, important to observe your magnesium intake that it may not interfere with activities of other medications such as antibiotics, diuretics, proton pump inhibitors, and bisphosphonates. Magnesium-rich food includes whole wheat, spinach, avocado, black beans, almonds, cashews, and peanuts among others.