Archive for November, 2007

Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual Cramps, Get Some Relief.

Menstrual cramps are something that women have lived with through the ages. Sometimes along with diarrhea, nausea, and headaches. So, what causes these symptoms and cramping?

Menstrual cramps are caused by the contractions of your uterus as blood leaves it when no egg has been fertilized and implanted. The lining of the uterus also releases hormones called prostaglandins. These hormones make the contractions stronger and can cause the other symptoms of bowel disturbance plus headaches.

As soon as you notice you have the cramps, begin taking a pain reliever such as Aleve or Advil. Both help with inflammation as well as normal pain. Tylenol won’t give you the same relief. Heating pads, warm baths, and some herbs can help relieve the cramping.

Ibuprofen and Naproxen Sodium works by stopping the body’s manufacture of the prostaglandins. Most of the herbs that I have tried haven’t helped as much as the OTC meds. Those two medicines are not related to aspirin, so if you have aspirin allergies, they are safe. Young girls may take them as well.

For mild cramping, try exercise. It has been shown to help relieve mild cramps. No effect has been shown on more severe cramping.

If all else fails, speak with your doctor. He or she may be able to prescribe something that will help, such as birth control which can be used to help with cramps or even eliminate your period.

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Reuse Your Way To Green.

Going green isn’t as hard as some families may believe. There are resources all over the internet with information on becoming greener and many of them are actually thrifty. Have you noticed yet that I am big on thrift?

Thrift and green go hand in hand. Recycling is huge in the effort to renew the items we use each and everyday while saving the resources left in and on our planet. Recycling doesn’t have to begin or end at the curb you place your recycle box on. Or at the center you drive your recyclables to. Each and every time you are about to throw away something or even before dumping it into the recycle bin, think…?Does this item have another use? Can I figure out some way to reuse this??

For example, I had some extra rings for holding nipples onto baby bottles. Instead of tossing them, I found that they are the perfect size for cutting biscuits. They’re also safe cookie cutters for young children. A cooking pot with a broken handle can be used in the oven for making bread or casseroles. Empty boxes are a child’s car, house, tunnel, or table. Ratty clothes can become cleaning rags or stuffed into a tube for blocking drafts.

I try to reuse as much as possible. If something can’t be reused, it really irks me that I purchased something that couldn’t be made into something else. It seems such a waste to not squeeze every bit of possible life from the things that had an impact on our enviroment.

I challenge you to think greener. Save your bottles, turn them in for their deposits. Save your newspapers and make fireplace logs from them, or even learn to make furniture from them!

What, furniture?

Yes, you can make solid rolls from newspapers for burning or for use like wood for building. For firelogs, begin rolling the newspapers around a broomstick and keep adding sheets until the logs are around four inches across the ends. Some people soak them in kerosene to ensure they burn all the way through.

To make strong ‘sticks’, dip sheets of newspaper into thin/runny wallpaper paste. Roll very tightly around a straight wire, a clothes hanger wire is perfect. Keep rolling these until the sticks are about two inches thick. Let dry overnight, then you can paint or drill the sticks just like wood. Use your imagination to build some lovely things from a cheap building material.

My friend and former Family Resource blogger, Jennifer Chait has some great ideas for going green as a family at her blog, Tree Hugging Family. Why not give her a visit?

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