For many women that wonderful time of the month can be a real pain. No pun intended. However, sometimes the monthly period can drag on for days or even weeks at a time.
Excessive and prolonged bleeding may be caused by uterine fibroids, which for many women is the end result of estrogen dominance.
Estrogen dominance is the overabundance of estrogen in the body in relation to progesterone. Often, fibroids grow in an estrogen rich environment and depending on the location and size, results in an array of symptoms, heavy bleeding being the most common.
Natural Support for excessive and heavy bleeding
Natural support can be a huge help in helping the body with hormonal equilibrium. Proper nutrition, stress reduction, and elimination of toxins will assist the body with healing and promote proper hormone levels.
There are a number of herbs which will help ease estrogen dominance and help the body find hormonal equilibrium. These herbs may be taken regularly, and one should consult a Naturopathic doctor as to dosage and frequency.
- Black cohosh
- Red Clover
- Raspberry leaf
In addition to these herbs, one should also incorporate lifestyle changes in order to get the body back on track. Getting hormones back onto an even keel and overcoming estrogen dominance may take a few months but will be well worth the effort.
In addition to adopting an herbal regimen, try these suggestions:
- Drink apple cider vinegar daily. ACV is fantastic for detoxing , cleansing the liver and creating an overall alkaline environment in the body.
- Limiting your exposure to xenoestrogens (e.g. limiting the use of plastic, especially when storing and cooking food)
- Adopt a plant-based diet which includes plenty of organic vegetables and fruit in order to avoid pesticides.
- If a plant-based diet is too drastic then limit meat consumption to a few times per week. Also, do not eat commercially raised meat since these animals have most likely been injected with growth hormones and antibiotics.
- A meatless, plant-based diet is recommended for at least three to six months to give the body time to heal and recover.
- Increase fiber intake to encourage better bowel movements which in turn helps with detoxification of excess hormones, especially excess estrogen.
- Avoid white refined flour, white sugar, hydrogenated fats, artificial ingredients and food additives.
- Take supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids, B-vitamins, potassium and magnesium which promote balanced hormone levels.
- Exercise for about twenty minutes, three to four times a week. Getting the body in motion will help with detoxify hormones, encouraging better sleeping patterns, and reducing stress and anxiety.
Speaking of stress and anxiety, what have you done lately to manage and improve your well-being? Having consistently high-stress levels begins a domino effect which includes chronically elevated cortisol levels that in turn alter regulation of sex hormones progesterone and estrogen.