My daughter used to have frequent nosebleeds and her pediatrician said that “it is a passing phase and that she will outgrow it”. What total ignorance!! Once, she was bleeding profusely for about 30 minutes in the doctor’s clinic and he was trying all different methods including putting an cold pad on her face. Nothing could help stop it! Imagine my frustration in the doctor’s office that day.
I have learned since, that it was the “food” that she had been eating that were causing the nose bleeds. When she had a bout of nosebleeds, I could guess that she has eaten some “forbidden junk food” in school. I’ve managed to “control” her diet, cutting out on all the harmful foods, and giving her juices and supplements. Her nosebleeds had long since stopped.
Causes Of Nosebleeds
Nosebleeds can occur spontaneously when the nasal membranes dry out and crack. This is common in dry climates, or during the winter months when the air is dry and warm from household heaters.
People are more susceptible to a bloody nose if they take medications that prevent normal blood clotting, aspirin, or any anti-inflammatory medication. In this situation, even a minor trauma could result in significant bleeding.
The incidence of nosebleeds is higher during the colder winter months when upper respiratory infections are more frequent, and the temperature and humidity fluctuate more dramatically.
In addition, changes from a bitter cold outside environment to a warm, dry, heated home result in drying and changes in the nose which make it more susceptible to bleeding. Nosebleeds also occur in hot, dry climates with low humidity, or when there is a change in the seasons.
The following risk factors predispose people to nosebleeds:
- Trauma, including self-induced by nose picking (this is a common cause of nosebleeds in children)
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Use of blood thinning medications
- Alcohol abuse
- High consumption of processed and deep-fried foods
- Body that is highly acidic
- Stress and lack of sleep
- Deficiency in certain vitamins
- Less common causes of nosebleeds include tumors and inherited bleeding problems
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy may increase the risk of nosebleeds.
Change Of Diet And Lifestyle
One of the most important things to do if you frequently have nosebleeds, is to cut out on processed and junk foods. Deep fried foods such as fish and chips and fried chicken are equally harmful that can bring on nosebleeds.
It would be ideal to also cut out on meat, dairy products and sugary foods for a period until you are healed. Just doing this step helps a lot.
Adding fruits and vegetables into your diet is a big part of healing nosebleeds. Drink more juices that are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Vitamin C helps to heal the wounds, repair and build/strengthen the capillaries and lining of the mucous membranes.
Foods that may help to reduce nose-bleeds: Lotus roots (juiced raw) with oranges, carrots, grapefruits, guavas, cranberries, strawberries and most green vegetables. Invest in a good gear juicer and start to drink about 6-8 oz of vitamin C-rich juices twice everyday. And … drink LOTS of water daily! See how much water you need to drink daily.
Although you may not see immediate result, you will see that the nosebleed recurrence will be further and further apart, until they eventually stop. The side benefit is that in the process, you will also build your immune system.
In the meantime, the next time a nosebleed should happen, do not panic. Sit down and continuously pat cool (not cold) water on your forehead and temples. The nose-bleed should subside very quickly.
Juice Recipe To Stop Nose Bleed
This rooty juice is not like your regular juice. The taste of lotus root and jicama is rather bland when juiced, yet the benefits are many.
- 1 medium-sized carrot
- 1 large orange
- 1 section of lotusroot
- 1 medium-sized jicama (yam bean)
- 1 inch ginger (optional but gives the drink that extra kick)
A masticating juicer is best for extracting root vegetables. It produces high juice yield.
This recipe makes about 800 ml worth of juice. It tastes like an orange-flavored powdery milk.
Lotusroot, jicama (pronounced he.ca.ma ) and orange are very rich in vitamin C and flavonoids. This combination is beneficial for strengthening respiratory health like stopping sinus, asthma, phlegm (mucus), common cold and nasal congestion.
High consumption of vitamin C prevents hardening of the arteries, soothing the gastrointestines, strengthen immunity system and is anti-inflammatory.
Lotusroot on its own, is rich in iron, vitamin B, C, phosphorus, copper, manganese, and a little calcium and protein. Helpful for stopping diarrhea, relieve constipation, calms the stomach, reduce body heat, fever, relieve sinus congestion and inflammation, reduce nose and gum bleeding. Also beneficial for the lungs and liver when taken regularly with orange.
If you don’t want to use orange, you can substitute with grapefruits. However, use grapefruit only if you’re not on any medication.