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WellAdvice with Dr. Keith Horinouchi

Menorrhagia
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Menorrhagia is the excessive menstrual flow during ones regular menses. Several metabolic or nutritional factors may be a cause that you may try if other treatments by your physician has not worked to your satifisfaction.

DIET RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Avoid sugar, caffeine and alcohol
2. Consume 5 or more servings of fresh fruits and vegetables particularly the yellow, and dark green varieties
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POSITIVE LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS
Physical Activity
1. 30 minutes of physical exercise daily such as walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, aerobic dancing or gardening
2. 10-15 minutes of resistance training using light weights for maintenance of muscle tone, twice weekly

Good Health Habits
1. No smoking, alcohol or drugs
2. 7-8 glasses of pure water per day
1-2 glasses upon waking; 1-2 glasses between meals; drinking during meals discouraged: 1/2 hour before or 1 hour after meals
3. 7-8 hours of restful sleep per night
4. Get adequate amounts of sunlight and fresh air daily
5. Moderation in everything
6. Trust in God

Stress Management
1. Deep breathing exercises 1-2 times per day
2. Prayer and meditation
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NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS
1. Iron supplement if deficient, see primary physician for appropriate assessment
2. Vitamin A 25,000 50,000 IU per day for 4 weeks, followed by 10,000 IU as maintenance. Caution: do not use doses greater than 10,000 IU if pregnant

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