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Home Remedies for Menstruation

Menstruation is a normal phenomenon in females, which may start at the age of 10-17 years and continue thereafter till menopause after the age of 40. It is important to understand the requirements of women at all stages. Here is a discussion on diet factors:

  1. Because of the periodic cycles and blood loss a woman's daily iron requirement is almost double that of a man. Along with iron deficiency haemoglobin is also lowered. Thus sufficient oxygen does not reach the cells and the result is lethargy, weakness and inability to work. Women feel fatigue earlier than others do. If the condition persists it may lead to shortness of breath. It is important to have a diet rich in iron such as amaranth (cholai), whole grain cereals, whole pulses, leafy vegetables, dried fruits and eggs. Iron deficiency is aggravated in pregnancy. There is another method of recovering from iron deficiency - birth control pills! While taking birth control pills your body needs less of vitamins and minerals. There is also less blood loss during each menstrual period compared to the bleeding in non-pill cycles.
  2. Calcium is required for building and maintaining healthy bones. Normally 400mg per day is required both for men and women. Women's need for calcium increases at many stages. Women using birth control pills are benefited in two ways, as the pill seems to increase the intestinal absorption of calcium and decreases its removal from bones.
  3. Vitamin A is necessary for the maintenance of vision and prevention of many eye diseases. The requirement is increased one and half times during lactation. Above the age of six years the requirement of vitamin A is equal to that required by adults. Vitamin A is normally present in all green leafy vegetables, milk and milk products, eggs, apricot, papaya, mango, orange, raspberry, capsicum, carrot, green beans etc. H you are taking oral pills for contraception you should not take high dose supplements of this vitamin because the levels of vitamin A are increased with pill use due to the effects of the hormone in the pills. Excess of vitamin A is toxic, particularly for the liver.
  4. Women on pills or pregnant or lactating women often experience deficiency of vitamin B6. Children above seven years too need equal amounts of this vitamin. This should be supplemented through pulses, soybean, whole wheat, nuts, cashew nuts, groundnuts, dry apricot, bananas, cabbage, potatoes, spinach, milk and milk products etc.
  5. Vitamin C is required in double amounts during lactation i.e. 80mg per day. Children above one year require the normal dose of this vitamin i.e. 40mg per day. Vitamin C is present in all citrus fruits. It is also present in drumsticks, capsicum, tomato, all leafy vegetables and pulses, litchi, raspberry, banana, red cherry, tomato, papaya, dry chillies, dry coconut, pineapple, phalsa, mango, dry garlic, coriander leaves, cabbage, bitter gourd, cauliflower, turnip, sweet potato, lady's finger, tinda and brinjal. Women taking oral contraceptives have to take extra amounts of vitamin C because the hormones of the oral contraceptive increase the rate of vitamin C breakdown.

 

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