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Home remedies for menstrual symptoms and heavy menstrual bleeding

 

<!--<h1>Home remedies for menstrual symptoms and heavy menstrual bleeding</h1>--> Making dietary adjustments starting about 14 days before a period may help some women with premenstrual syndrome and certain mild menstrual disorders, such as cramping, which commonly accompanies heavy bleeding. <br> The general guidelines for a healthy diet apply to everyone: <ul> <li> Eat plenty of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables.</li> <li> Avoid saturated fats and commercial junk foods.</li> </ul> <strong>Maintaining Healthy Iron Stores and Preventing Anemia </strong><br><br> <strong>Forms of Iron </strong>. Iron found in foods is either in the form of heme or non"heme iron. Heme iron is the better absorbed than non"heme iron <ul> <li> Foods containing heme iron are the best for increasing or maintaining healthy iron levels. Such foods include (in order of iron"richness) clams, oysters, organ meats, beef, pork, poultry, and fish.</li> <li> Non"heme iron is less well absorbed. Eggs, dairy products, and iron"containing vegetables only have the non"heme form.Such vegetable products include dried beans and peas, iron"fortified cereals, bread, and pasta products, dark green leafy vegetables (chard, spinach, mustard greens, kale), dried fruits, nuts, and seeds.</li> <li> The absorption of non"heme iron often depends on the food balances in meals. The following are foods that enhance absorption of non"heme iron. Meat and fish not only contain heme iron""the best form for maintaining stores, but they also help absorb non"heme iron.</li> <li> Increasing intake of vitamin"C rich foods can enhance absorption of non"heme iron during a single meal. In any case, vitamin"C rich foods are healthful and include broccoli, cabbage, citrus fruits, melon, tomatoes, and strawberries. One orange or six ounces of orange juice can double the amount of iron your body absorbs from plant foods. </li> <li> Foods containing riboflavin (vitamin B2) may help enhance the response of hemoglobin to iron. Sources include liver, dried fortified cereals, and yogurt.</li> </ul><br> Certain nutrients impede the body's absorption of dietary iron. They include the following: <ul> <li> Polyphenols (found in tea, coffee, red wine, berries, apples).</li> <li> Phytates (found in foods such as seeds, dried beans, soy, and bran). Such foods are typically high in fiber. It is commonly believed that fiber impedes iron absorption, but researchers report that it most likely has no effect. </li> <li>Calcium : Calcium impairs the absorption of heme and non"heme iron. However, calcium intake needs to be fairly high to cause any significant problems. </li> </ul> <strong>Cooking methods </strong> : Cooking in cast iron pans and skillets is well known to increase iron content of food. A study shows that boiling, steaming, or stir"frying in utensils composed of any material significantly increased the release of non"heme iron stored in vegetables.<br> <strong>Iron Supplements </strong> : Iron supplements are the most effect agents for restoring iron levels but they should be used only when dietary measures have failed. Women should always discuss such supplements with their physician. <br><br> <strong>Dietary Factors Affecting Other Menstrual Symptoms </strong><br><br> Making dietary adjustments starting about 14 days before a period may help some women with certain mild menstrual disorders, such as cramping. The general guidelines for a healthy diet apply to everyone; they include eating plenty of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and avoiding saturated fats and commercial junk foods.<br><br> <strong>Low"Fat, High"Fish Diets </strong> : A study has reported that women who followed a low"fat vegetarian diet for two menstrual cycles experienced less pain and bloating and a shorter duration of premenstrual symptoms than those who ate meat. <br> Women who are losing too much blood, may need meat to help maintain iron levels. Choosing more fish and eggs may be a helpful alternative. More than one study has reported less menstrual pain with a higher intake of omega 3 fatty acids (fat compounds found in oily fish, such as salmon and tuna). In another, supplements of fish oil appeared to reduce heavy bleeding in adolescent girls.<br><br> <strong>Salt Restriction </strong> : Limiting salt may help bloating. One study found that restricting salt does not alleviate bloating or other symptoms, but salt reduction in the study was modest and may have been too small to effect improvement.<br><br> <strong>Reducing Caffeine, Sugar, and Alcohol </strong> : Reducing caffeine, sugar, and alcohol intake may be beneficial. The effects of alcohol are mixed.

 


 
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