How to Treat Heavy Periods with Diet and Natural Progesterone

heavy periodsYes, you can use natural treatment for very heavy periods but you need the right treatment for your cause of heavy periods.

There are three main causes of heavy periods: 1) thyroid disease, 2) low progesterone or “unopposed” estrogen, and 3) endometriosis or adenomyosis.

Let’s look at each cause (and possible treatments) and then I’ll provide the top five ways to generally lighten flow. (You still want to treat the underlying cause, if you can.)

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The Curious Link Between Estrogen, Mast Cells, and Histamine

Estrogen, mast cells, and histamine.Headaches. Anxiety. Insomnia. Brain fog. Hives. Nasal congestion. These are just a few of the symptoms of histamine intolerance or mast cell activation syndrome.

Histamine problems are more common in women, and are often worse at ovulation and just before the period. Why? Because that’s when estrogen is high compared to progesterone, and estrogen increases histamine.

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The Ups and Downs of Estrogen. Part 2: Estrogen Excess

estrogen excessEstrogen is a powerful hormone. We don’t want too little (see Part 1: Estrogen Deficiency), but we definitely don’t want too much.

Estrogen excess causes heavy periods, breast pain, fibroids, and premenstrual irritability. It also suppresses thyroid and increases the risk of breast cancer.

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What Dairy Does to Periods

cow's dairy and periodsMore than 20 years ago I discovered something: When I stopped having dairy, I stopped having period pain. Since then, I’ve worked with thousands of patients who have discovered the same thing. Stopping dairy can dramatically improve period pain, heavy periods, endometriosis, acne, and PMS.

Stopping dairy can improve period problems, but not always. It depends on the person, and it depends on the type of dairy.

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