|Romaine lettuce||for vitamin K, which helps the blood to clot|
|Plain baked or steamed chicken||high in vitamin B6 to help lower estrogen levels|
|Peas||high in fiber to lower estrogen levels|
|Lowfat or nonfat Mountain High yogurt||the
active cultures in the yogurt help synthesize vitamin K. Other yogurts
may work, too, but this is the one I've found to be the best. It's
also great for upset stomachs and yeast infections.
|Green beans||high in fiber to lower estrogen|
|Bananas||high in vitamin B6 to lower estrogen|
|White bread, pasta, rolls or English muffins||wheat is thought by alternative health practitioners to lower estrogen levels, though personally I avoid whole wheat foods.|
|Annie's low fat ranch dressing||the helpful bacteria in the buttermilk helps synthesize vitamin K|
|Egg whites||good source of low fat protein|
|Pears||one of the few fruits that is low in salicylates|
Foods to especially be avoided are fruits, spices and other foods high in salicylates as these can block vitamin K. See my section on foods that act as natural blood thinners for more on this topic. Also fats of any kind seem to raise estrogen levels, so I avoid them for a few days until the bleeding stops. In general, I try not to eat a lot of refined wheat products, but for times like these it does have its uses.
I've gotten a number of emails over the years from various readers of my web site and many have found that increasing vitamin K in their diets has helped with their heavy periods. Many doctors are unaware of the fact that a vitamin K deficiency is a possible cause of heavy menstrual bleeding in women. I actually had a gynecologist tell me once that "by no stretch of the imagination could diet impact your periods in any way." Lucky for me, I didn't believe him. I think diet should be the first line of defense people try for many disorders.
Please note that too much vitamin K can cause blood clots, so it is a vitamin we all need in the right balance. This diet works for me because I'm chronically low in vitamin K, but it might be too much vitamin K for someone else.
This isn't a diet to stay on long term, but through trial and error I've found that by only eating the foods on the above list for a few days will lighten and shorten my periods.
Remember, if you
have suffered from heavy periods in the past you may have iron deficiency
anemia. So be sure to get checked out for that by a doctor. If you are
anemic, then once your bleeding is under control more high iron foods
are advisable. I've found that cooking
with newish iron pots is also helpful, as the iron from the pots gets
absorbed into the food.
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