How to manage heavy periods with diet

by Oct 8, 2020Blog

 

If you’re wondering how to manage heavy periods naturally with diet, you’ve come to the right place! I’m going to share 3 research-backed strategies for managing heavy periods.

How to manage heavy periods with diet

In this blog we are talking about how to manage heavy periods (or menorrhagia as it’s technically known) naturally, with nutrition. If you have heavy periods, I want you to make these three simple dietary tweaks.

Number 1-  Boost your intake of omega 3

In large doses, omega 3 has a blood thinning effect… which is why we always ask clients to cease any omega 3 supplements prior to surgery… but if you regularly have thick, heavy periods and blood clots, an omega 3 rich diet may help to thin period blood. You can achieve this naturally, through dietary changes, or you may like to try some supplements. Speak to your dietitian about the best option for you.

Number 2 – Try Vitamin E supplements

Vitamin E supplements commenced just prior to commencing menstruation and taken until your period stops have been found to reduce menstrual blood flow in some women. It’s not a guaranteed solution, but there is some evidence to show that it works for some women. If you’re going to try this, I’d recommend that you speak to a dietitian as supplements are usually concentrated forms of nutrients, so you want to ensure that you’re getting the right dose for your personal needs.

Number 3 – Adequate iron

Iron is a key nutrient in blood, so when we bleed, we decrease our iron stores. If you’re bleeding a lot, it’s easy to become iron deficient.  Although taking more iron is not going to reduce your periods, it is going to give you back your energy. Iron carries oxygen around in our blood, taking it cells all over our body, so when our iron stores are low, one of the first symptoms is exhaustion. By boosting your iron levels again, you’ll have the energy to deal with everything else that you need to. Foods rich in iron include red meat, fish and green leafy vegetables. And, next time you’re seeing your doctor, ask her for a blood test to check your levels.

I hope you found this helpful. If you need further dietary advice, connect with me through my website or social media.  

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