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Diet for Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding [DUB]

If you’re on DUB medications in the form of oral drugs, following a dietary pattern will also help in alleviating the condition. Fresh fruits and vegetables rich in iron, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin K provide relief during heavy bleeding and maintaining a healthy weight can help keep DUB symptoms at bay.

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DUB DIET RECOMMENDATIONS

WHAT IS DUB?

Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding (DUB) is a term used to describe abnormal uterine bleeding for which no apparent cause can be discerned. The abnormal bleeding in DUB is attributed to disturbances in the ovaries rhythmic production of hormones. The symptoms are very typical. The most common complaint is continuous, painless vaginal bleeding. Excess bleeding may lead to anemia. Medications play an important role in the treatment; however, research suggests that diet also plays a significant role in recovering from continuous uterine bleeding & weakness.

We are providing the necessary food recommendations for DUB that can help.

Recommended Foods:

  • Include Iron rich foods such as leafy green vegetables, beef, pork, liver, eggs, and whole-grain breads and cereals.
  • Vitamin A sources like sweet potato, carrots, romaine lettuce, apricots, cantaloupe, and melon
  • Include Vitamin E rich foods like almonds, peanuts and hazelnuts, and vegetable oils such as sunflower, wheat germ, safflower, corn and soybean oils
  • Vitamin K rich foods like green leafy lettuce, kale, mustard greens, parsley, romaine lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard and turnip greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower
  • Include eggs & lean meat

Foods for Moderate Consumption:

  • Limit sugar and spices in your diet.

Foods to Avoid:

  • Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages.
  • Recent researches suggest that diets rich in saturated fats, trans fats and high glycemic index foods stimulate inflammation and may worsen infections.
  • Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages.

Home Remedies:

  • Shepherd’s purse is a herbal remedy for abnormal uterine flow as it possesses antihaemorrhagic and astringent properties which cures uterine haemorrhage
  • Apply heat on your lower abdomen for 20 to 30 minutes every 2 hours
  • You may need to wait until the abnormal bleeding has stopped before you try to lose weight. The amount of iron in your blood should be normal before you lose weight.

Sample Diet for DUB:

Breakfast options:

Low fat milk, soy milk light, whole egg, lean meat, avocado, almonds, grapefruit or orange or apple, a low carb protein bar, yogurt or low fat cottage cheese

Lunch options:

  • Vegetables or salad prepared from green leaf lettuce, kale, mustard greens, parsley, romaine lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard and turnip greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.
  • Lean deli meat, low carb tortilla wrap, Light mayo or ½ Avocado
  • Whole-grain breads and cereals.

Snacks option: Same as breakfast

Dinner options:

  • Lean ground Turkey, Lean Steak, White Fish, Lean hamburger, chicken breast, Spinach leaves, green beans, broccoli, lettuce, ½ Avocado, or almonds
  • Vegetables or salad prepared from green leaf lettuce, kale, mustard greens, parsley, romaine lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard and turnip greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

Dr. Vijaykumar S. Kamat

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.

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