Did you know? Endometriosis affects approximately one in 10 women worldwide, and as of now we still don’t know the cause of this disease nor do we have a cure. In fact, there are several women who suffer the symptoms for a number of years before they are diagnosed.
Endometriosis is a disease related to a women’s reproductive system where endometrium-like tissues start growing outside the uterus in areas such as, ovaries, abdomen, and bowels. Some of the most common symptoms of this ailment include painful periods, heavy bleeding, pain during intercourse, infertility, and painful bowel movements.
In order to provide relief, surgical procedures and medications are prescribed by health practitioners. But, you can also embrace these simple diet tips to ease the symptoms of your endometriosis. A little tweak in what you consume and the way you live can go a long way in helping you manage your symptoms. What are they? Keep reading to know more.
Green tea is exceptional for you. Yes, I know, it’s an extremely simple remedy but it works because it contains EGCG, which according to a new study published in Human Reproduction shows that this component can prevent new endometriotic lesions from occurring. So, discard all your sugary drinks and replace them with this green goodness. Now, if you are someone who isn’t a fan of green tea, then white, oolong, and black tea also contain EGCG and this component is also present in pears, pecans, and cranberries.
The Good Kind Of Fats
Omega-3 fats are healthy and anti-inflammatory, and since endometriosis is associated with pain and inflammation, these good fats are good for you. In fact, according to an observational study, it was seen that women who consumed the highest number of omega-3 fats were 22% less likely to suffer from endometriosis when compared to women who consumed these good fats the lowest. Researchers have also found that when you consume fish oil supplements containing omega-3 fats regularly, it can reduce the severity of the menstrual symptoms and also its pain. Foods rich in omega-3 include;
- Seaweed and algae
- Chia seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Kidney beans
- Soybean oil
It so happens that we generally don’t consume enough fiber every day, which is 25 to 30 grams. Eating the required amount of fiber is shown to reduce the endometriosis symptoms, such as painful periods. List of fibrous food include;
- Brussels Sprouts
- Kidney Beans
- Sweet Potatoes
- Dark Chocolate
- Chia Seeds
Reduce Red Meat Intake
Mainly, when it comes to processed red meat, it has been associated with a plethora of ailments. Therefore, if you are a meat-eater, you can replace red meat with any other protein-rich source as it also helps reduce inflammation, which is often linked to endometriosis. In fact, according to an observational study, it was seen that one woman who ate more ham and meat was more susceptible to suffering from endometriosis when compared to women who ate little meat and ham.
Evidence also suggests that red meat can lead to high levels of estrogen in the blood and since this disease is an estrogen-dependent one, consuming too much red meat will only increase the risk of the condition.
Too Much Is Not Good
Consuming an excess of caffeine and alcohol is definitely not ideal for women with endometriosis according to a few studies. But, the results of these studies have been inconclusive. In one study, it was seen that women suffering from endometriosis tend to consume more alcohol when compared to women who aren’t suffering from it. However, it doesn’t prove that too much alcohol is the cause of it. Nevertheless, it is always better to not go overboard and limit your caffeine and alcohol intake.
Say Yes To Antioxidants
Antioxidants are fantastic! They help tackle the oxidative stress and also reduce inflammation, which by now you know how important it is. In one study, it was seen that women who were supplemented with Vitamin C and E suffered from less chronic pain and inflammation. So, what must you do? Consume a bowl of colorful fruits every day because they contain antioxidants. You can also eat extra anti-inflammatory food, such as turmeric, extra virgin olive oil, berries, and wild salmon. List of antioxidant-rich food includes;
- Dark Chocolate
- Goji Berries
- Red Cabbage
Give these remedies a try and let us know if they work for you!
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