Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Turmeric, Dysmenorrhea, and Toxins

The first two words in the title are definitely not common words used in everyday language, but if I said, an Indian spice, and painful menstrual cramps, you'd know what I am talking about. Let’s talk about how these three things are related…

Recently I received a review from a lady who said that after using our Detox Pads two days before her menstrual cycle, she had almost no discomfort.
“I decided to try the detoxifyingfoot pads to see if I would notice any positive results after one night. At the time I was fighting off a cold and my voice sounded pretty deep. After using the pads for one night I noticed a reduction in swelling in my lymph glands behind my ears and my voice was back to normal. A pleasant but also unexpected result after two days of using them, and having no idea my cycle was right around the corner, was that my cramps were practically non-existent! I had no discomfort for the duration of the period. That was a great surprise!”  Lynn, Utah, USA
Why didn’t she experience dysmenorrhea or painful cramps? How are removing toxins and menstrual cramps related? We know from our last post that reflexology can dramatically improve premenstrual symptoms, so let’s keep up the good news and help either yourself or a loved one have less pain during that familiar cramping week.
Several articles online mention how environmental factors affect the female reproductive system negatively1 . One article listed a few things that would be helpful to avoid2 :
-Toxic cosmetics or cleaning products
-Plastics, canned food (most cans are lined with BPA), etc.
-Toxic tampons and pads (Many people say their cramps went away after using a menstrual cup)
By limiting the use of harmful products, and removing toxins with the foot pads, it’s no wonder that Lynn had “practically non-existent” cramps. Another tool for relieving pain in many areas of the body including the abdominal area is turmeric3 . It is native to India and has amazing properties. 
“Turmeric has been found to have many useful therapeutic qualities, including: anti-oxidant, anti-tumoral, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-hepatotoxic, anti-hyperlipidemic, and insect repellent effects.
Much recent research has been devoted to the beneficial qualities of Turmeric. It has been shown to 
have more DNA protective qualities than the antioxidants beta carotene and vitamin E.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has found Turmeric useful for pains in the abdomen, liver, stomach, and 

There are many recipes for how to incorporate turmeric in your everyday diet online. As always, research for yourself anything new that you feel might help your situation and consult with people you trust.
Here’s to less monthly pain!

As always, visit my website at www.purifyyourbody.com to learn more about my detox foot pads!

1 . http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(98)00253-2/abstract 
2. http://www.thankyourbody.com/menstrual-cramp-remedies-natural/
3. http://blog.tattvasherbs.com/tag/cumin/