Diet changes can help reduce the symptoms of endometriosis
Changing your diet to deal with Endometriosis is an excellent foundation to assist you in reducing your symptoms, and will help regenerate your health.
Adjusting what you eat can bring about many positive physical and metabolic changes. Many of you may be aware that various illnesses and diseases have responded very positively to changes in diet, and Endometriosis is no exception.
Changing your diet for endometriosis can help with the following:
AND an improved diet will also :
Did you know that 80% of our immunity occurs in the intestinal tract?
To have a properly functioning immune system, you need to have a healthy digestive system. Because a large proportion of your body’s immune system stems from the digestive tract.
A healthy gut and a healthy digestive system will aid in the production of certain good bacteria, enzymes and vitamins that help us to fight disease.Having a strong and vibrant immune system will help you to fight the underlying causes of endometriosis.
Controlled Diet for Endometriosis
Changing the foods you eat and following a diet for endometriosis has proved to be one of the best ways to reduce the symptoms of the disease by using a natural and healthy treatment option.
The body will respond very quickly to what we eat, and this will reflect in our overall health. The symptoms of endometriosis respond really well to diet changes based on chemical reactions in your body.
Your body is sensitive to what you put in it, for example if you have any food allergies, or you have too much sugar or caffeine. Sometimes these sensitivities will quickly show up, but at other times they are not noticed and will creep up on us in the form of dietary deficiencies.
This will then show up as symptoms of ill health, but the body will give us clues and we start to develop food cravings.
The reason that certain foods make the symptoms of endometriosis worse is based on the chemical reactions in the body that are caused by these food groups. Some of these chemical reactions are very subtle and complex based on enzymes in food and the complex reaction to the chemicals already present in the body.
The controlled diet for endometriosis eliminates these problem food groups and in turn this helps to reduce the negative chemical reactions and can help to reduce many of the symptoms of the disease.
The improvement in symptoms can include a reduction in pain, reduction of inflammation, and aims to reduce levels of estrogen in the body and thus reduce the opportunity of the disease growing further.
SO WHERE DO WE START!
Pain and hormones in relation to diet …………
Endometriosis is fed by estrogen synthesis in the body. This can take the form of:
The correct diet can help to balance these different forms of estrogen.
You also need to reduce your use of xeno-estrogens (highly chemical based cosmetics and toiletries, and use natural alternatives) in order to reduce xeno-estrogens from your system.
As well as dealing with estrogen levels, you need to address the levels of prostaglandins in your body. Prostaglandins are very complex natural fatty acids and are derived from dietary sources. There are many different forms of prostaglandins and new types of them are still being discovered.
The painful menstrual cramps you feel are actually due to prostaglandins, as well as the pain symptoms of endometriosis. A change in diet can alter the level and the types of prostaglandins in your body.
We actually have two main 'types' of prostaglandins - there are the 'good ones' and the 'bad ones'.
The aim of the endometriosis diet is to block the 'bad ones' because of their negative actions on the body, and increase the levels of the 'good ones' because of their opposite and positive effect. The action of the 'bad ones' will increase uterine contractions and pain, and increase inflammation.
The role of the 'good ones' have a soothing effect and do the opposite to the bad ones. When you change the oils in your diet you can promote the good prostaglandins. The good oils are in the omega-3 fatty oil group, and lead to good prostaglandin production. Some of the best sources of omega-3 oils are found in marine and plant oils and include:
At the same time it is important to reduce intake of the fatty acids that stimulate negative prostaglandins which are found in saturated fats, animal fats, butter.
It will help your symptoms if you increase your intake of fibre, as the fibre will help to decrease the circulating oestrogen in your system. Be careful not to eat too much fibre as this can lead to constipation (contrary to what you have been told).
The possible problem with constipation relates to non-soluble fibre like bran and course grains, as this will absorb any available water in the gut and actually slow down your digestive system. Read more on the topic of constipation HERE.
The easiest sources of fibre to digest are found in fruit and vegetables as the structure and chemical make-up provide a more soothing effect while also aiding digestion. However, extra fibre in the form of grains, brown rice and pulses etc., are helpful especially for their nutritional value, but keep your fibre intake balanced between the two
These can include:
The following foods are recommended to modulate estrogen levels by incorporating one or two servings a day:
FOODS TO AVOID
FOODS BENEFICIAL FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Foods containing natural plant sterols (phyto-estrogens) can actually be helpful if consumed in careful balance. They are thought to block the estrogen receptors, so in turn excess estrogen in the body cannot ‘lock-in’ to these receptors. These include:
VITAMIN AND MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS
Although the best source of vitamins and minerals is through a well balanced diet, many of our foods today are depleted in these vital trace elements. Today, most of us need to supplement our diet with some of the vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to function optimally.
The following is a list of supplements that will help women with Endometriosis:
TO SUM UP
A list of articles describing in more detail why certain foods need to be left out of your diet can be found in this mini directory HERE
A great little resource!
Recipes for the Endometriosis Diet
If you are to change your diet to help deal with Endometriosis then there will be many changes in the foods you can and cannot eat.
As you can see by the advice above, there are many foods you are advised to leave out of your diet completely, especially if you are to reap the benefits.
These main foods are:
All red meats, wheat and wheat products, sugar, all dairy products, caffeine, additives and all refined and convenience foods.
The prospect of adjusting your diet so radically may seem somewhat daunting. You may be wondering and concerned about:
There are many wonderful recipes you can use, and the hard work has been done for you
A book of recipes specifically for a diet for Endometriosis from Endo Resolved
The information in this book is the bottom line, based on ingredients and recipes that are best suited to a diet for Endometriosis. It includes recipes that do not require lots of complex cooking techniques but are full of nutritional value.
To read what other women have said about their diet experiences, you can read the feedback comments here
The advice in the book also includes:
FEEDBACK - success with the diet
'I've just recently discovered your website and endo diet. I've been on it for a little over two weeks now and the difference is AMAZING. Normally I have to have 2 days off work every month because of the pain, but this month I was able to work through and only take painkillers twice over an entire day (as opposed to every 3-4 hours 24 hours a day).
I've been trying to conceive for over 2 years now and have fallen pregnant 5 times and suffered early miscarriage - your website makes sense of why this has been happening in terms of prostaglandins. I've done 3 IVF cycles and IUIs.
I was already a lacto ova vegetarian so cutting the rest out wasn't such a big change for me and your recipes make it easy to follow. Overall, I just feel SOOOO much better - more energy, less pain and a renewed sense of hope. Thank you so much.' Kelly, USA
The recipes in the book include:
All customized for a diet for Endometriosis
It is anticipate that the recipes in the book will give you ideas and guidelines of how to adapt your own favourite recipes, without jeopardizing your diet regime for Endometriosis.
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Make a start to reduce the painful and debilitating symptoms of endometriosis - loads of women as well as medical professionals are now realising just how much our foods can change or affect our bodies.
’He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors'
- Chinese Proverb
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