29 Nov What is Endometriosis Part 2?
Certain lifestyle choices can influence the progression of endometriosis and increase your risk of developing it. These choices can also have an effect on how painful or well-managed the disorder is.
Although further research needs to be done to fully correlate certain foods or lifestyle habits with the development or worsening of this condition, the following factors may negatively influence endometriosis:
- A diet high in trans fat. Research has found higher rates of endometriosis diagnoses among women who consume more trans fat. Trans fat is found predominately in fried, processed, and fast foods. Learn more about why trans fats are so unhealthy.
- Gluten. One study involving 207 women with endometriosis showed 75 percent of them had a decrease in pain after eliminating gluten from the diet. Check out this detailed beginner’s guide to a gluten-free diet if you’re interested in eliminating gluten.
- High-FODMAP foods. One study found symptoms significantly improved in those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and endometriosis who followed a low-FODMAP diet.
Foods that can influence hormone regulation, particularly estrogen balance, can negatively affect those with endometriosis. In addition, avoid or limit foods that may promote inflammation in the body and lead to further pain or progression of the disorder. These foods include:
- red meat
- saturated and trans fat
To fight inflammation and pain caused by endometriosis, it’s best to consume a nutrient-dense, well-balanced diet that’s primarily plant-based and full of vitamins and minerals. Add these to your diet:
- fibrous foods, such as fruits, vegetables and legumes
- iron-rich foods, such as dark leafy greens, broccoli, beans, nuts, and seeds
- foods rich in essential fatty acids, such as salmon, sardines, herring, trout, walnuts, chia, and flax seeds
- antioxidant-rich foods found in colorful fruits and vegetables, such as oranges, berries, dark chocolate, spinach, and beets
- Ginger is great in tea and/or grated into food.
- Tumeric can be taken in the form of over the counter tablets/powder from the health food store or buy the root and add it too your smoothies.
- Heat is a great way to reduce pain. Using a heat pack with lavender drops is a relaxing way to unwind and reduce pain at the same time.
Make sure you pay attention to how your body acts when you eat certain foods. Keeping a journal of the foods you eat and any symptoms or triggers you have may be helpful. If you are looking for a great way to rest and restore, yoga was just the thing my body needed in a time of discomfort. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61tW9mgHc7E