It’s estimated that 10% of women worldwide suffer from endometriosis, so it’s likely you know someone who has had to deal with uncomfortable, painful, and even debilitating symptoms. Maybe you, yourself have suffer from endometriosis.
Endometriosis is when endometrial tissue (the lining of the uterus) grows on the ovaries, bowel, and tissues lining of the pelvis. It’s possible for it to grow beyond that, but it’s unusual. During a women’s menstrual cycle, this misplaced tissue grows, thickens, and eventually breaks down but because this tissue isn’t released from the body like menstrual blood and has nowhere to go, it can cause pain, scarring, fertility challenges, and more.
Symptoms can range from mild discomforts like cramping, painful periods, digestion issues, and back pain to extreme pain, infertility, and painful periods.
Depending on the severity of symptoms, endometriosis can require medical assistance such as pain medication, hormonal therapy, and in some cases, includes surgery.
But with many health issues, we truly believe that your diet can help alleviate symptoms and quality of life (in addition to what your doctor recommends).
If you have been diagnosed with endometriosis or suffer from any of the symptoms mentioned above, there are some nutrients you can ensure to add to your diet.
One of the first things you can do is look at the amount of red meat and trans fats you’re consuming. One study has found that women who are eating the highest amounts of trans fats had a 48% increased risk of endometriosis. Similar results were found when looked at red meat consumption among women in another study.
And you’re probably not going to be surprised when we tell you that lots of dark leafy greens, veggies, and fruit are recommended as well. A diet high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals has been found to reduce painful symptoms among those suffering from endometriosis.
It’s also recommended that you cut out or cut back on caffeine and alcohol. (Maybe it’s time to switch to green tea?) Some studies have shown that women who consume high amounts of caffeine or alcohol were at a higher risk to suffer from endometriosis.
Ultimately, you need to discuss your symptoms with your doctor but like many medical ailments, a high-nutrient diet that is rich in plants, grains, and whole foods can help reduce symptoms in addition to any other treatments your doctor recommends.
Continue reading about nutrition and your health with our article on getting enough iron here!