A healthy diet may help you manage the symptoms of heavy bleeding. To get results, doctors recommend making dietary changes 14 days before your period starts:1
Eat a healthy diet (a good idea for every day of the month!) that includes:1
- Whole grains
- Fresh fruits
Avoid eating: 1
- Saturated fats
- Junk foods
Some experts believe that eating foods with vitamin K may help manage heavy periods, because this vitamin affects the blood’s ability to clot. Vitamin K-rich foods include:2
- Leafy green vegetables (especially kale and turnip greens)
- Green peas
- Whole wheat
- Green beans
Foods that contain iron include:
Smaller amounts of iron can be found in:
- Dried beans and peas
- Iron-fortified cereals, bread, pasta
- Dark green, leafy vegetables
- Dried fruits, nuts, seeds
- Some multivitamins
- 1. University of Maryland Medical Center. Menstrual Disorders. http://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/menstrual-disorders. Accessed June 20, 2016.
- 2. Winchester Hospital (Lahey Health System). Health Library: Vitamin K. http://www.winchesterhospital.org/health-library/article?id=21883. Accessed June 20, 2016.
- 3. Mayo Clinic. Iron deficiency anemia. www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/iron-deficiency-anemia/basics/prevention/con-20019327. Accessed June 10, 2016.