If you deal with heavy periods on a regular basis, you know how firsthand how frustrating they can be. You spend five to seven days (or more) doubling up on pads, changing tampons every hour, and soaking through your pajamas and staining your bedsheets. It’s exhausting, annoying, and potentially embarrassing.
You might think that a heavy flow is your lot in life. You were just born that way, you think, so you’ve resigned yourself to a week of misery of every month.
But! Overly heavy periods are not destiny. They are a symptom of underlying hormone imbalances—imbalances that can be fixed by looking at the big picture of your diet and lifestyle and making strategic changes that will help you have healthier hormone balance and eliminate heavy bleeding for good.
In other words, you can biohack your way to lighter periods and less suffering. And if that sounds daunting, take heed! It’s not! The strategies for alleviating heavy flow are straightforward, and they include one of my favorites: using targeted supplements and key micronutrients to have easier, lighter periods.
Why Your Flow is Heavy
The first step in achieving a lighter flow is understanding why you’re bleeding so much right now. There are three root causes:
- Excess estrogen. When your estrogen levels are high, the lining of your uterus can become thicker. Estrogen can also be much higher in the body relative to progesterone, which is the hormone that will keep your uterine lining intact for a longer period of time. Excess estrogen has many causes, including the foods we eat, exposure to environmental toxins, chronic and unremitting stress, poor sleep, and toxic cosmetics and body care products. Excess estrogen can also build up in the body when our detox pathways become sluggish (thanks to similar environmental factors). In addition to the heavy bleeding and clots, estrogen overload can also contribute to endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, or polyps.
- Lack of uterine tone. Pregnancy can cause the uterus to lose tone, but so can a sedentary lifestyle. While this is primarily a physical issue, it is also influenced by the quality of nutrients you are getting through your diet.
- Hypothyroidism. One of the signs that your thyroid might not be functioning optimally is excess bleeding. If you also notice you have a lack of appetite, are gaining weight, feel cold most of the time, and are easily fatigued, there’s a chance your thyroid function is below the normal range.
How to Biohack Your Way to a Lighter Flow
Fixing the hormone imbalances that fuel heavy bleeding starts with making strategic changes to your diet and lifestyle. Addressing what you eat (and when you eat it) and making other shifts in how you sleep, when and how you move, and what you put on your body is the absolute first starting place when it comes to alleviating heavy flow.
Our 5-step protocol helps you build a solid foundation with your diet and lifestyle so you can eliminate excess estrogen, rebuild uterine tone, restore proper thyroid function, and help boost your detox pathways—with the ultimate goal of achieving a lighter flow.
In short, your goal is to align your food and lifestyle with each distinct phase of your 28-day cycle. I call this cycle syncing and it is the only way to truly bring hormones into balance. Woman have unique, fluctuating needs during each week of their cycle and when you match your food and lifestyle to those needs, you start to have a better period.
The next crucial step is maximizing the essential micronutrients that support a healthy period. Here are the micronutrients you should focus on to alleviate a heavy flow (and ease other period problems):
- Vitamins A + C have anti-estrogenic effects on the uterus. One small study showed that vitamin C, in particular, helped 16 out of 18 women lighten their flow.
- Probiotics help support the bacteria in the gut that metabolize estrogen and get it ready for elimination from the body. This is an essential part of the detox process and a safeguard against estrogen dominance.
- B vitamins, and vitamin B6 in particular, help support healthy levels of progesterone and combat estrogen dominance. The Bs also offer adrenal support, which is essential for overall hormone balance and a lighter flow.
- Magnesium to help you flush cortisol, sleep more deeply, support healthy progesterone levels — all of which help normalize a heavy flow.
- Vitamin D helps support healthy ovarian function — and low levels of vitamin D are associated with irregular menstrual cycles. What’s more, vitamin D is critical for optimal thyroid function.
I designed my Balance Flo supplements to include all the micronutrients you need to support a healthy flow. Think of them as your personal insurance policy against all the factors that contribute to period problems.
If you’re ready to have a better, lighter period—and you want an easy, trusted way to get all your key micronutrients in one place — I encourage you to check out the Balance Flo supplements. They will help you take your hormonal health to the next level!
Always remember, that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that finally start to work for you! You can do this – the science of your body is on your side!
To your FLO,
Introducing the BALANCE by FLO Living Hormone Supplement Kit
You’ve been asking me for hormone-friendly supplement recommendations, and I finally have created a solution that I am so thrilled to be able to offer to you on your hormonal balancing journey:
Balance by FLO Living Supplements is a complete package that works together to keep your hormone levels healthy. They include a 2 month (2 cycles) supply of the following formulations so you’re never caught short in any phase of your cycle.
When you take these 5 supplements daily, you’ll be giving your body excellent micronutrients to support healthier hormone levels. Which means that you’ll start to see your worst period symptoms get better… and even disappear after a while.