As I revealed yesterday, this week marks Endometriosis Awareness Week in a bid to increase knowledge of the condition that affects over 2 million women in the UK.
For more information on endometriosis, symptoms and diagnosis visit my factpage, but if you’re a sufferer looking to improve your symptoms naturally, there are suggestions that a few diet tweaks can help.
*Always report any abnormal bleeding or menstrual irregularities to your doctor. The Endometriosis Diet is not to be used in place of medical treatment *
- Vegetables, vegetables, vegetables…a plant-based diet is thought to reduce your risk of endometriosis. Yet another reason to eat your greens.
- Go Low GL -a balanced, low-GL diet has shown to help reduce painful symptoms
- Natural phytoestrogens in the form of peas, beans, pulses, red & purple berries, garlic, apples, carrots, nuts and seeds ca help block oestrogen receptors and help balance your hormones
- Omega 3 Oils from nuts, seeds and oily fish can act as a natural anti-inflammatory to help reduce symptoms
- Go Green…swap regular tea and coffee for green tea as it may help to reduce endometrial growth
- Up your Iron with iron-rich foods such as leafy green vegetables and dried fruit, as you could suffer from anaemia if you bleed heavily.
- Red meat, ham and processed meats may increase your risk of endometriosis
- Soy long! Although soya is a phytoestrogen, it is not appropriate for women with endometriosis. Find out more here
- Go caffeine free as caffeine increases oestrogen levels, and endometriosis is an oestrogen sensitive condition
- Saturated fats like butter, fatty meats, refined sugars and honey can cause inflammation
- Refined foods along with processed foods, additives and preservatives can put pressure on the liver, which is responsible for processing hormones
For more information on Endometriosis visit Endometriosis UK.