While some women with fibroids do not experience any symptoms related to fibroids, for other women, they may not be so lucky and will have to suffer with the various symptoms of uterine fibroids. One of the common symptoms is heavy bleeding. While this may represent heavy menstrual bleeding, it can also include spotting between periods as well as prolonged periods. There are many natural remedies for heavy bleeding and with that in mind, here are some superfoods to help stop heavy bleeding due to fibroids.
What is heavy bleeding?
Heavy bleeding will vary from one woman to another. What one woman considers heavy may be considered normal by another woman. Only you will be able to tell if your cycle is heavier than normal.
Chronic heavy menstrual bleeding can cause many health issues and the worst of all is becoming anemic which can cause you to feel tired, dizzy, etc. Life is in the blood and it is important not to lose too much blood during each menstrual cycle.
Heavy bleeding is caused by many factors such as fibroids, endometriosis, etc. Ideally, if fibroids are the source, you should do everything to eliminate fibroids first which should hopefully eliminate this issue. There are various ways to eliminate fibroids such as using various natural methods as well as many surgical procedures.
If you opt for surgery, do be aware that while surgery can work to remove the fibroids and thereby stop heavy bleeding, some women who have has fibroid tumors removed surgically report no reduction in the heavy menstrual bleeding.
Start with natural remedies first to see whether they give you the relief you seek. If these do not work, then opt for surgery or other conventional methods for getting rid of uterine fibroids and the various symptoms including heavy bleeding.
Superfoods to stop heavy menstrual bleeding
The first step when fighting fibroids as well as various symptoms including heavy bleeding is looking at your diet and noting if there are any changes you can make such as eliminating dairy, red meats and so on. There are also various foods that can help to fight heavy menstrual bleeding and normalize you menstrual cycle such as;
Bananas are the perfect food as they are jam packed with various vitamins and minerals such as potassium, zinc, iron, folic acid, calcium, vitamin B6 as well as soluble fiber. This makes them excellent for digestion, menstrual difficulties as well as being essential for athletes because the nutrients in bananas are able to quickly replace what your body loses during your menstrual cycle or when you are exercising frequently. In addition, if diarrhea is one of the symptoms during your monthly cycle, bananas are an ideal treatment when you eat them in conjunction with rice, apples as well as dry toast – which is more commonly known as the BRAT treatment.
2. Bee pollen
Bee pollen which has been made very popular by many famous athletes who usually take it regularly for strength and endurance, is another great natural remedy for heavy bleeding. Bee pollen has been used successfully to treat a variety of ailments including allergies, asthma, menstrual irregularities, constipation, diarrhea, anemia, low energy, cancer, rheumatism, arthritis and toxic conditions.
Do be aware that bee pollen can cause allergic reactions in those who are taking it for the first time, so it is important to start with small amounts and gradually build up to a teaspoon or so per day. Bee pollen is available in powder form, capsule form or tablet form and is also available in raw unprocessed honey that you can mix with cereal or spread on toast for a tasty snack.
3. Iron-rich foods
One of the complications of heavy menstrual bleeding is anemia as mentioned above. Anemia is caused by iron deficiency due to heavy blood loss because iron is a major component of red blood cells. Iron deficiency causes fatigue and low energy levels and can be fatal if severe.
To counteract iron loss, there are various iron rich foods you should consume such as dark green leafy vegetables, beans, peas, liver, soy foods, black strap molasses, certain fruits, etc, are great choices. To ensure optimal absorption of the iron contained in these various foods, try consuming them with various citrus foods as these contain vitamin C which helps promote optimal iron absorption.
Try to stay away from alcohol, caffeinated beverages, or salty foods, and as always, make sure that you choose unsaturated fats (healthy fats such as olive oil, flaxseed oil, etc). Unhealthy fats will only exacerbate the bloating, cramps and other symptoms that you may experience during that time of the month.
Author: Terry Robbins @ EzineArticles