What is Amenorrhea?
Amenorrhea is the absence of your monthly menstruations in your reproductive years. It is becoming a fairly common complaint in females. Amenorrhea can be primary (a girl, 15 years of age and has still not experienced her first menstrual cycle) or secondary (a lady who has not had her otherwise regular menstrual cycle for 3 consecutive months). Amenorrhea is normally attributed to females who are underweight or engage in high intensity exercise. However, there are many other underlying factors apart from less body fat and excess exercise that could result in amenorrhea. Studies suggest a proper diet with foods rich in Calcium, folic acid & other nutrients is necessary to maintain normal bone density & reduce the risk of menstrual problems due to lack of adequate nutrition.
AMENORRHEA DIET RECOMMENDATIONS
DIET FOR AMENORRHEA
Amenorrhea is a symptom and not a disease in itself, and therefore corrective measures for amenorrhea depend on addressing the type & cause of the condition. Once the underlying cause is treated, normal functioning of the reproductive system can be restored. Many lifestyle factors such as low body weight, excessive exercise, and high levels of stress can be easily controlled. A balanced diet with adequate amount of proteins, fats, calcium and other nutrients are essential to support regular menstruation . It is believed that following a gluten-free diet can prevent menstrual irregularities and can even restore fertility.
The necessary food recommendations for Amenorrhea are:
- Women suffering from amenorrhea should eat fewer processed foods, and eat foods with unsaturated fats rather than saturated fats.
- Eat more whole grains, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids found in cold-water fish, nuts, and seeds.
- Include foods rich in Folic acid like beetroot, lentils; dried beans and peas; darkgreen vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, collard or turnip greens, okra, and asparagus; and citrus fruit and juice.
Foods for moderate consumption:
Potatoes and brinjal
Foods to Avoid:
- Reduce/eliminate chocolates, caffeine and alcohol intake as both can affect hormone functions.
- Completely avoid or limit fried foods and refined sugar.
- Avoid glutens like rye, barley, mayonnaise, ketchup, malt vinegar, soy sauce & teriyaki sauces, sausages, canned foods.
- Carrot and Beetroot juice taken daily improves the blood count and regulates menstruation.
- Boil Horse gram with dry ginger, asafetida, ajwain (bishops weed seeds) and black salt, – this remedy is good for inducing menstruation and to overcome menstrual pain.
- Boil half a cup of water and add a teaspoon of saffron. Boil till the water reduces down to a concentrated tablespoon. Divide this concentrate into three parts and have it over the course of the day. Saffron is a powerful antioxidant that can treat chronic inflammatory conditions as well as reduce stress that may be causing amenorrhea.
Dr Vijay Kamat graduated from K.L.E. society’s Shri B. M. Kankanwadi Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum, India; one of the oldest Ayurvedic institutions in India. He is a prestigious member of the Ayurvedic Association of India. He possesses deep ancestral and research-based knowledge of plants, and is passionate about bringing age-old secrets of Ayurveda within the reach of a common man. In keeping with his passion, he is presently leading the medical team of Biogetica – a collective of Doctors dedicated to natural medicine. Together, they work to bring evidence-based natural healing solutions to the world.