Cure Menstrual Problems--Excessive Menstrual Flow (Menorrhagia) and Bleeding Between Menstrual Periods (Metrorrhagia)
Seaweed Cures Many Menstrual Problems
Before we go any further here, let me say that bleeding between period and/or excessive menstrual flow may be indication of more serious health problems, such as endometriosis, fibroids, polyps, cysts, and tumors, so it is wise to get a correct diagnosis, rather than just treat symptoms. Even if this approach alleviates menstrual problems, the lack of symptoms does not mean that the underlying problem has been cured. It's best to find out for sure.
But many women experience menstrual problems that can be easily cured by supplementing the diet with seaweed.
The medical terms for these common problems are menorrhagia (excessive menstrual flow) and metrorrhagia (bleeding between menstrual periods). Often the onset of these problems is gradual. I have known women who did not seek help from a health-care profession, simply because they "got used to it." Some women attribute these problems to stress and don't seek help; instead, they try to reduce their stress levels.
Most often, the underlying cause of menstrual problems is a diet that lacks enough iodine for the support of the endocrine system.
One of my daughters began suffering from both menorrhagia and metrorrhagia after she went away to college. It was several years before I realized their severity. She occasionally mentioned having "menstrual problems," or that the student health clinic had prescribed birth control pills for these problems. But I had not real idea what she was going through, my assumption being that...well...menstruation is just a problem.
I began to get a clue when she--along with her sister--moved back home as she transitioned into the working world. As the mom of the establishment, I noticed the girls' menstrual cycles. There came a time when I had to inquire: "Hey, is everybody around here always on their period? Didn't you just have a period?'
This is when I learned that one of my daughters was having two periods a month, each was lasting seven days, and one of these was very heavy.
By this time, my daughter had become worried. There were plans afoot for marriage and children, and she was beginning to fear that something was so severely wrong that she would be unable to have children. She began seeing a gynecologist to be checked for fibroids or other problems.
I began to do some research, in hopes of finding something that would help her. After doing some extensive reading on this subject and reading of many herbal and natural remedies all the routine menstrual woes, I noticed that several sources suggested supplementing the diet with seaweed for these problems. These sources gave a good reason: Iodine is essential for the healthy functioning of the whole endocrine system, and one of the signs that something is up with the endocrine system is disturbance of the menstrual cycle.
According to one source:
Menorrhagia is helped in particular by the compounds found in seaweeds, and these supplements can be considered one of the most specific medicines in its treatment.
When an herbal or natural medicine, food, or supplement is described as a "specific," this pretty much means, "Eureka!" You've found the Holy Grail of cures for this problem!
I told my daughter the outcome of my research: "Sounds like you should start eating seaweed."
As it happens, she likes seaweed and began eating some daily.
During the first month after she began eating seaweed, the menorrhagia and metrorrhagia disappeared completely. During the second month, she had one episode of spotting during exercise. During the third month, she slacked off on the seaweed and problems came back in full force. She began eating it again, and, in the fourth month, was amazed to find that she had only one period per month, that is was not heavy, and that it lasted only five days.
It came as quite a shock to her to have normal periods, after years of suffering from the abnormal ones.
HOW MUCH SEAWEED DO YOU NEED TO EAT?
Some kinds of seaweed contain more iodine than others. If you decide to eat nori (which I think is quite tasty), one or two sheets a day--EVERY DAY--should be enough. You can also eat lots and lots of sushi, which is made by wrapping rice an other ingredients in a sheet of nori seaweed.
Personally, I think nori is good right out of the bag, like potato chips.
My daughter's choice--and perhaps yours too--was the "seaweed snacks" sold at many major grocery stores. These are absolutely delicious and come in a variety of flavors. They are so good you could inhale several packages without quite realizing it.
If you decide to go with the seaweed snacks, be sure to eat at least one package a day.
Personally, I enjoy dulse, which is very high in iodine. It's nice to lightly toast it first, in a skillet coated with sesame oil.
Hijiki is a kind of seaweed that is tasty added to stir-fries and vegetables. I can see using it to top a baked potato. Hijiki is soaked for about 30 minutes and then rinsed, before adding it to food.
You will learn to love seaweed--especially when you see your menstrual problems disappear!
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