June 23, 2003
How Does Your
Diet Measure Up?
Your body’s ability to regulate menstrual flow and produce healthy
red blood cells relies on an abundance of essential nutrients such
as iron, vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin E, bioflavonoids,
and vitamin C. Your diet should focus on nutrient-dense foods that
provide these and other vital nutrientsfoods like whole grains,
beans, peas, fresh fruits and vegetables, raw seeds and nuts, and
fish. At the same time, you should avoid “high-stress”
foods that can worsen your anemia and heavy bleeding. To get an
idea of how your diet measures up, check how often you eat the following
To help control your heavy blood flow and support
healthy red blood cells, reduce the amount of any food (or type of
food) on this list you currently eat two or more times a week. If
you can, eliminate them entirely.
Now check how often you eat the following
To reduce your risk of heavy bleeding and support
your body’s ability to produce healthy red blood cells, increase the
amount of any food on this list that you’re currently only eating
once a week or less. Aim for at least two servings a week.
Read more about nutrients
for heavy bleeding or anemia.
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