Cramps got you down? Try one (or all) of these natural home remedies, sure to calm those painful monthly cramps .

1. Exercise

While this might sound a little crazy – as you lie curled up on the sofa in a Snuggie, tub of Breyers rocky road ice cream in hand – taking a brisk walk or partaking in any kind of physical activity can help to ease pain. When you exercise, your body is pumping more blood.

During this heightened phase of movement, your body releases endorphins to counteract the prostaglandins (which controls inflammation, blood flow, the formation of blood clots) and relieves cramps.

Exercising three to four times a week is good for the overall health of your body, but it is especially important if you’re prone to painful menstrual cramps.

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