Eating to Reduce Symptoms of Endometriosis
Diet may play a key role in reducing and relieving symptoms of endometriosis. Whenever possible, always choose the most natural state, whole, organic foods—and a variety of them! Some excellent sources that may help to provide relief are:
Vegetables and Fruits. Eating raw or lightly steamed vegetables is preferred. Organic is best. If using non-organic vegetables and fruits, peel them to remove the pesticides which may contain dioxin (which can increase estrogen levels and contribute to the symptoms of endometriosis).
Some of the greatest vegetables for endometriosis are from the cruciferous vegetable category! These vegetables are the powerhouse players of veggie nutrition. They can help to eliminate excess estrogen from the body which is found in women with endometriosis and help to improve the immune system. Here are some examples of these ‘cruciferous incredibles’: Arugula, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collard greens, Kale, Kohlrabi, Radishes, Turnips, and Watercress.
Dark, leafy vegetables contain B vitamins. These help the liver to excrete the excess estrogen, and help breakdown circulating estrogen in the body. These veggies also help to relax muscles in the uterus.
Healthy Oils. Omega 3’s aid in reducing inflammation and possibly slow the growth of endometrial tissue. Try adding these to your diet: olive oil, flax seeds, walnuts, and cold water fish. Healthy oils prevent the prostaglandins that stimulate contraction and cause pain.
Fiber. Help to aid in digestion and the elimination of toxins from the body. Oatmeal, legumes, brown rice are good choices.
Iron-rich foods. Green, leafy vegetables, dried apricots, sunflower seeds are great sources of iron that helps with deficiency sometimes caused by the heavy bleeding and fatigue that occurs with endometriosis.
Mix and match! For example, try a salad made with arugula, top with a homemade oil dressing; add some cauliflower and seeds on top!
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