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Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

My name is Marilyn Baker, and I have horrible allergies. I’m 42 years old and have been suffering from allergies since I was a child. I have seasonal and environmental allergies. Allergies plague me year round. When I was young, my parents even moved to a dryer area in the hope of helping me. Over the past eight years, I have done extensive research both through doctors and online. I have managed to come up with some combinations that have helped me a great deal. My allergies aren’t gone, but they have become manageable. I do have to have allergy shots, but I also use some natural remedies. I am happy to be able to share my findings with you here on my blog. I hope you can find some of this of value.

Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

Women's Tips: 3 Natural Alternatives To Deal With Monthly Cramps

by Clifton Davidson

Menstrual pain is a fairly common problem that women have, as experts estimate that around 40 to 70 percent of women suffer from some form of monthly cramping. There are many options--besides talking to your gynecologist--available to deal with your cramping. But are there any natural alternatives? The following are 3 simple and natural solutions to help with monthly pain.

1. The Ginger Remedy

Cramps are mostly caused by irritation to the uterus, as it sheds the lining created for a fertilized egg. The problem occurs when the lining is too thick, causing irritation, which could happen for any number of reasons. Ginger--as studies suggest--helps control the thickness of the lining and normalizes it by inhibiting the overproduction of prostaglandins. This is possible because ginger contains gingerols that help inhibit this natural secretion along with other inflammatory substances.

You can take ginger in pill form that you can purchase in your local health food store or online. You can also just purchase fresh and organic ginger to make ginger tea or just eat if you can handle the taste. Do not worry. You do not need more than 2 tablespoons of ginger per day.  

2. Try Some Maca

Maca is a crop that grows in Peru under extreme but beneficial conditions that help it become a very powerful addition to your natural female care repertoire. Maca contains a high concentration of several ingredients, like calcium, magnesium, copper, and zinc. But, the real kicker is maca's alkaloid and polysaccharide content that helps regulate your hormonal responses--in particular the inflammatory compounds--during your menstrual cycle.

A study found that the intake of maca can help fight cramps and mood swings, and it may even improve your sexual drive. You can purchase maca from your local health food store or online.

3. Vitex Might Be For You

Vitex is a third healthy and natural alternative that may help regulate your menstrual cycle, according to some recent studies. Vitex contains several ingredients, like flavonoids and iridoid. But the real benefit is that it targets a woman's pituitary gland that helps balance some of the most important hormones during menstruation.

One of the hormones that vitex helps to stimulate is the luteinizing hormone, which is primarily responsible for regulating your cycle and keeping you cramp-free. Make sure that you purchase your vitex from an organic source, such as your health food store or online.

Remember that these natural alternatives are only meant to deal with mild to moderate cramps. So make sure you talk to your gynecologist should your symptoms get worse. But, it is best to keep your gynecologist involved no matter what, as irregularity and cramping could be a sign of other issues such as infections.