Our Top 6 Tips for Women with a Heavy Flow
Having a heavy flow can really make your period suck.
Luckily, we have a few tips that can help you during this time.
Here are Our Top 6 Tips for Women with a Heavy Flow:
- Stay Hydrated
When you lose blood, you also lose some of the water in your body.
So, if your period is heavy enough, your body fluid levels could be adversely affected causing dehydration.
To avoid this, it’s important to remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Experts recommend increasing your daily water intake by 2-3 glasses if you are experiencing a heavy period.
And research suggests that increasing your water intake could help your period to pass more quickly.
(Excuse us while we go and re-fill our water bottles.)
- Monitor Your Salt Intake
While avoiding dehydration is essential for the body to function healthily and to keep you feeling your best, drinking too much water to compensate for a heavy period could cause electrolyte levels to drop dangerously low.
To make sure that you are preventing dehydration safely, while also maintaining the healthy amount of salt levels in your body, we recommend drinking coconut water, milk or any sports drink that includes electrolytes.
- Prevent Anaemia
Iron-deficiency anaemia is caused by extremely low levels of iron in the body.
Iron, which is contained in our blood, is essential to help the blood carry oxygen.
So, the more blood you lose, the more iron you lose, and the more your blood’s oxygen levels are put at risk. This causes symptoms of dizziness, tiredness, weakness, or paleness of the skin.
That’s why, when you experience a heavy period, it is important to keep iron-deficiency anaemia in mind.
In order to prevent losing too much iron, you should try and include more iron-rich foods in your diet, such as: beef, beans, tofu, spinach, turkey or chicken.
(Pro Tip: Cooking the occasional meal in a cast-iron pot will also help!)
- Remember Your Vitamin C
While increasing your iron intake is the main way that you can prevent iron deficiency anaemia, there is one other useful tip that will give your body even more protection…
You guessed it- Vitamin C!
This mega-vitamin helps the body to absorb iron more readily.
By simply adding some broccoli, citrus fruits, kiwi, red peppers or green peppers to your diet, you’ll be helping defend against iron deficiency anaemia.
Menorrhagia, or increased menstrual blood loss, is defined as losing more than 80ml of blood per cycle (or more blood than usual) and could be a sign of anything from endometriosis to pelvic infection to hyperthyroidism.
If you believe that you could have menorrhagia, then it may be time to visit your doctor.
- See your doctor, if…
If a sudden change in the heaviness of your period occurs, or if the heaviness of your period is affecting your life or mental health, then it’s time to see a doctor.
At Womooi, we don’t believe that any woman should compromise when it comes to health.
In fact, taking the negatives away from your period is what we do best.
To see how we can help, visit ‘Your Womooi Box’ on our site.
As always, have a wonderful period and a fantastic day!