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From Drinking Pickle Juice To Having Sex, Here’s How Latinas Are Getting Rid Of Their Period Cramps

There are tons of awesome things about being a woman. The beauty of sisterhood and the fierce protectiveness that comes with raising up the next generation of women are just some of the great things that come to mind. Still, there’s one thing about womanhood that we can all agree that we’d love to do without: menstrual cramps. Every month, we dread the appearance of Aunt Flow and it isn’t just because of the 3 to 5 days of bleeding. Headaches, bloating and nausea is one thing but the worst symptom of our monthlies has to be the killer cramps that accompany them. 

Over our ovulating years, we’ve tried all sorts of remedies to combat these uterus-shattering pains. We’ve experimented with everything from over the counter medications to traditional brujeria to find something to ease our aches. In order to get the very best treatments there are, we here at FIERCE asked our Instagram followers to share their best cures for period cramps.

 Here’s what the had to say. 

1. This one will get you out of a pickle.

Instagram / @organic_facts

“Pickle Juice! Soaking in the tub!” — mijacultura

Did you know that vinegar — the main component in pickle juice — can suppress the pain and discomfort that come from cramps and spasms? The juice can also replenish your electrolytes which also helps with cramps. If you can’t handle pickle juice on its own, have a few pickle chips or make a cocktail using a splash of pickle juice and still get some relief. 

2. Add this to your daily diet. 

Instagram / @health_geekss

“2 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar, in 8 oz of water with honey, and staying hydrated.” — luisa_monterrosa

Apple cider vinegar is one of those miracle foods that are good for a million things. Besides being excellent for your skin and a weight-loss aid, the calcium found in apple cider vinegar is also great for easing cramps. Do as this comment suggests and take a few tablespoons in 8 ounces of water to help with menstrual pain. 

3. The health benefits of cannabis without the high.

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“Extra strength CBD honey (30 mg per tsp) & red maca root powder in my smoothie every morning. It’s a godsend. ????????” — @nuyoricanteacher

CBD oil is extracted from cannabis and can be used for pain relief without the high that comes with marijuana’s THC. This oil can be ingested straight or added to food products. One of the more versatile options is CBD honey. Additionally, maca powder helps to balance hormones and ease PMS symptoms. 

4. Try for a good, old fashioned release.

Instagram / @chut_je_decore

“An orgasm. Or cbd oil. Or both.” — maryantoniaa

The hormones released during orgasm — especially oxytocin — helps the mind and body relax. If you are having menstrual cramps during this time, the oxytocin will help to ease these pains. So, if all else fails, get back to bed and make your own cramp relief. 

5. Add heat and repeat.

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“Heating pads are literally my savior” — annaphilipous

When cramping, cold is your enemy. This especially goes for menstrual cramps. If you are feeling those aches and pains starting up, try taking a warm bath. If you aren’t able to get into the tub, grab a heating pad and apply it to your abdomen, back or wherever you’re feeling those cramps. 

6. An antidote that works as great as it smells.

Instagram / @sweetlavenderessentials 

“Jasmine oil on the tummy! It works in seconds ????” — browngirlswhobruja

Like many essential oils, jasmine oil is helpful for many things. Specifically for our needs, this oil can help stop cramps and muscle spasms. You can get the oil straight or buy a lotion or cream that includes the jasmine extract. Next time you feel the start of your cramping, apply some jasmine oil and see how quickly it helps. 

7. Get active. 

Instagram / @healthylatinalifestyle

“Working out helps a ton.” — dey_nz_

To quote “Legally Blonde,” “Exercise gives you endorphins; endorphins make you happy.” Endorphins also help to ease your pain. Exercise also released oxytocin which helps relax our bodies and makes us feel a little bit sleepy. Even if you start off feeling like death, a good exercise routine and a nap can help do your body good during your period. 

8. Don’t caffeinate. Hydrate! 

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“For me, I try to stay away from coffee and increase my water intake. I usually drink a strong espresso in the mornings, but during my period, I drink tons of water instead. Staying hydrated really helps.” — teoami

Caffeine is one of those foods you want to avoid during your period. A little here or there is fine but a lot can make you more jittery and worsen symptoms of PMS. Water, on the other hand, is very helpful while menstruating. Keeping yourself hydrated will help limit the severity and frequency of your cramps.

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Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death

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Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death

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Last year was a wild and often scary time. The world will forever remember 2020 being the year that everything stopped and we all had to isolate. It was also the year that we lost Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash and that death rattled the world.

Last year started with the shocking news of Kobe Bryant dying in a helicopter crash.

John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Ara Zobayan, Christina Mauser, Kobe Bryant, and Gianna Bryant all died when a helicopter crashed in the hills near Calabasas. The crash was a shock but TMZ reporting the deaths of Kobe and Gianna without Vanessa being notified angered many. Most of the world learned about Kobe and Gianni’s death because of the TMZ article.

People are remembering the Black Mamba as more than a basketball player.

Fans and friends have shared stories of Kobe and what he has meant to them. Social media is filled with fellow athletes remembering times they spent with Kobe and the kindness and wisdom he gave them in those moments. The basketball player was a legend in the sporting world and became a very important member of the Los Angeles community.

The Dallas Mavericks honored Kobe today in a tweet.

In 2007, Kobe requested a trade to leave the LA Lakers. Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, revealed that during that time the Mavericks almost acquired Kobe in a trade. Though Kobe almost went to Chicago, Dallas was in the running to be the next home for the legend.

Kobe was honored throughout the sporting world with some teams retiring his numbers. The sorting world lost a legend and ambassador for athletics that day and his absence is still felt strongly today.

Some people have shared small notes that Kobe sent them.

Kobe always had the reputation of being a thoughtful and kind person. Someone that people were able to connect with professionally and personally. These moments have endeared him to the LA community and why the city mourned his sudden death for months after.

You can check out Kobe with Guillermo in this clip of Guillermo’s NBA Media Day interviews.

Continue to rest in peace, Kobe. You are greatly missed.

READ: People Are Keeping Kobe Bryant Murals Safe

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Update January 21, 2021

A Missouri woman named Emily Hernandez had a court hearing in St. Louis after her involvement in the Capitol riots. Hernandez, 21, is facing several federal charges after participating in the deadly Capitol riot.

Emily Hernandez is facing the music after storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to KSDK, Hernandez, who is from Sullivan, Missouri, has been released without bond after her first hearing in St. Louis. She has been ordered to stay in the Eastern District of Missouri until her next court date in Washington. Part of the terms of her release is that she is not allowed to travel to Washington other than for her court date.

During the hearing, she was recorded saying, “I’m sorry, I’m nervous.”

Hernandez is facing the following federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, steal, sell, convey or dispose of anything of value in the United States, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings, parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol buildings.

Original: After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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