Women with CFS, ME, CFIDS or Fibromyalgia may have many other things go wrong with their body. Heavy or prolonged bleeding during their periods is one of these.
As women get older they become less fertile and gradually go into peri-menopause and then into menopause. Menopause means that their monthly period or bleeding ceases. Peri-menopause can also be called pre-menopause.
At this time, some women have very heavy bleeding and/or prolonged bleeding. This is called Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding or DUB by the medical community. It can also be called Menorrhagia meaning heavy menstrual bleeding.
Women with this dysfunction may be helped by Vitamin A and Zinc. Jacob Teitlebaum MD recommends high doses of vitamin A and 25mg of zinc daily for 3 months.
Taking a large dose of vitamin A regularly can be dangerous so take note of the fact that this is only to be taken for a 3 month period. It is best to be guided by your health care practitioner for this.
Vitamin A is fat soluble so does not wash out of your body like water-soluble vitamins C and C. Vitamin A is stored in the fat cells in our body. We all have fat cells no matter how skinny we are.
Other areas to be checked by your health care practitioner for heavy peri-menopausal bleeding are the thyroid and iron levels.
We have iron in our blood and need it to carry the oxygen around in our body. However we can have too much iron and this is dangerous, so don't go taking iron supplements without having a blood test to check your iron levels first.
One safe way to improve your iron levels is to take Ferr phos (Ferrous phosphate) in cell salt form. Cell salts can also be referred to as tissue salts or Schuessler salts after the doctor who discovered this method of healing.
These tissue salt tablets also come in a liquid form where they can be sprayed into the mouth. Depending on the brand, the tissue salts tablets are dissolved in your mouth, not chewed or swallowed whole. Swallow only after they have dissolved.
There are many homeopathic remedies that may help with heavy menstrual bleeding. Some of the main ones are
Dr Atkins was the first doctor to recommend a low carbohydrate diet to help people with diabetes. He recommended a VERY low carb diet. Carb is short for carbohydrate.
Carbohydrates are in starchy and sweet foods like flour and sugar. In the Western world our food is mostly made up of grains and sugar. Grains are ground up to make flour. Flour is made into baked goods like
Cereals can include modified grains like Cornflakes and Rice Bubbles. Other cereals are made from flours eg Fruit Loops or Nutrigrain.
There is a train of thought saying that extruded grains, for example, corn flakes are bad for you.
It is better to eat rolled oats, not quick oats. Rolled oats take more time for the body to digest.
Normal breakfast cereal breaks down quickly and is often full of sugar. Check out the list of ingredients in different brands eg Cocopops and Fruit Loops to see how much sugar is in these products.
Cans of soda, bubbly drinks and cordial are all full of sugar. Flavoured drinks are also full of sugar. You know they taste nice. This is why.
Blood Glucose Levels
When there are a lot of readily available carbs in your diet, they break down into your blood stream very quickly. They do give you a quick boost of energy which also fades away quickly. However they also affect the level of glucose in your body. These high and low levels of glucose affect your pancreas. It is busily working away to make the insulin needed to cope with all the extra sweetness in your blood stream. The insulin helps your cells absorb the glucose.
When there is excess glucose in the body that the insulin can't take care of, it tucks it away neatly in fat cells in your body and so you put on weight.
We do need carbohydrates in our body. They give us energy. But we don't need anywhere near the amount of carbs our Western diet, manufacturers and advertisers tell us we need.
Does your diet look like this?
Sadly this diet is typical of thousands of people. It is full of sugar and starchy foods.
Breakfast - toast, cereal, sugar in tea/coffee
Mid morning - biscuits, sugar in tea/coffee or a can of soda
Lunch - sandwiches or pastry eg pie or sausage roll, hamburger in bun, sugar in tea/coffee
Mid afternoon - pastry, cake or sugary snack, sugar in tea/coffee or can of lemonade
Dinner - pasta or pizza, potatoes, rice eg boiled, fried or risotto, ice cream, sweet pie, sweet pudding or jelly
Supper - milo (sugar and cereal), dry biscuit or crackers or sugar in tea/coffee
We need protein to build our body. Protein is made up of amino acids. These are the building blocks of protein.
There are 20 amino acids altogether. We can make up some of them in the chemical factory that is our body. The 8 essential ones we cannot make and have to have them in our diet. Without the essential amino acids things will start to go wrong in our body.
Carbohydrates like bread, sugar, potatoes and starch will not give us the building blocks we need to build our body.
Sheldon Cooper in the Big Bang Theory tells us that his favourite amino acid is Lysine. Lysine helps prevent herpes. It is good to take as a supplement if you get little ulcers in your mouth or cold sores. A cold sore is a type of herpes.
8 Essential amino acids
Where can we get Protein?
Foods made up of protein are
You can see that we need to include the following foods to be able to make protein in our body.
References: Essential amino acids
Low-carb Living for Families by Monique le Roux Forslund
Photo by Therese Vahland
For the past 30 years or so we have been told to cut down on fats in our diet. We were told they were making us unhealthy, overweight and giving us heart disease.
Manufacturers got onto the bandwagon. They have taken the natural fats out of cheese to give us low fat cheese. Cheese is all about fat. Cheese is made from milk and cream of animals. They overwhelming consumption of our cheese is from cows.
For years my husband has been heard complaining that the plastic wrap of the low fat cheese slices tasted better than the 'cheese?' it was wrapped around.
We Need Fat in Our Diet
Fat makes food taste good. Fat makes us feel full.
Some vitamins are only soluble in fat, that is, they only mix with fat. They cannot mix with water or any watery fluid in our body. These vitamins are A,D,E and K. Therefore we need fat in our diet to be able to absorb these. Because these vitamins do not wash out of our body we should not take too much of them. However we probably do not get enough of them in our modern diet.
When we eat fat it increases the rate at which our body burns fat. So the odd thing is, if we eat more fat, we will use more of our body fat.
Good Fat Versus Bad Fat
There are different types of fat.
Saturated fats include meat, cream, cheese, butter and coconut oil.
Monounsaturated fats are found in avocados, nuts and olives.
Polyunsaturated fats are found in fatty fish like mackerel and herring.
Bad fats are transfats and hydrogenated fats. Margarine is made from seed oils that have been modified and made solid. Oils are not normally solid except for coconut oil. Coconut oil is good for us.
Products with Fat
Today it is hard to find full fat yoghurt in the supermarket. Now the majority of yoghurt has most of the fat taken out of it and replaced with sugar and fruit (there is lots of sugar in fruit) to make it taste better. Look for Greek yoghurt. This is full fat.
Fat and Blood Sugar Levels
Fat does not impact on blood sugar levels. Sugar and carbohydrates do impact on blood sugar levels. So by increasing your fat intake you will not be as hungry, therefore will not need/crave as much sugar or as many carbohydrates to keep you going.
People with dairy sensitivity should not take any dairy products. These people can get their fat from coconut oil, avocados, olives, nuts, mackerel and salmon.
Reference: Low-carb Living for Families by Monique le Roux Forslund
There has been a great worldwide summit on Thyroid health this week. Over 30 hours of broadcasts. The information is so very important because so many of us have a low thyroid condition causing much of our ill health. Even people who seem healthy may still have a low thyroid problem.
A low thyroid may be the cause of many heart problems. It is tied in with our sex drive and our adrenal system, that part of us that gives the extra oomf when there is a major crisis in our lives.
This summit has been given mostly by doctors who have treated thousands and thousands of over 30 to 40 years. The information is not about some new found pharmaceutical but is tried and tested natural methods of good, honest, practical help.
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There is most important information here also that can help many sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), CFIFS, ME and Fibromyalgia (FMS) and allergies.
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