Five to ten percent of women suffer from a painful condition called Endometriosis. It occurs when the tissue that is supposed to line the uterus grows outside instead of in. It is prevalent among females who are in their child-bearing years. Some symptoms include heavy periods, painful cramps, pain during urination, inflamed tissue and fertility problems. The Endometriosis diet is not meant to replace treatment from a medical practitioner. Instead, it is an adjustment to your daily diet to reduce some of the symptoms of this disorder.
Being overweight unfortunately worsens the symptoms of Endometriosis. Because of this, the diet aims to help you lose weight and include foods that will ease the often painful effects of the condition. Most ingredients are raw and fresh because processed foods not only disrupt good organ function, but also contain content that is stored in the body, causing you to gain weight. Processed foods you should absolutely avoid are refined carbohydrates like cakes, pastries, chocolate, alcohol; drinks loaded with caffeine, carbonated drinks and fried food. There are also a few raw foods you should stay away from like red meat, wheat and products made of rye.
Your new shopping list should instead include plenty of fish, especially salmon, sardines and mackerel. You should also add onions, garlic, beans, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and an assortment of nuts. The reason behind this is that these foods are anti-inflammatory. They will reduce inflammation which will lessen the pain during bowel movements, urination and exercise. Make it a point to include zinc, calcium, magnesium and vitamins A, B, C, D and E in your supplements to help treat this symptom.
Foods that are rich in fibre also come highly recommended. These will improve your digestion and help in the circulation of estrogens. Fibre-rich foods are passion fruit, pineapple, cranberries, broccoli, beans, Brussels sprouts, legumes and nuts. Furthermore, if you need a delicious treat, nibble on dark chocolate. If you need to unwind with a drink, choose red wine.
Green tea or cocoa are great alternatives to coffee in the morning and you can switch carbonated drinks for pomegranate juice. If you need to spice your dishes, do your best to use as much ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, mint, dill, rosemary, parsley and thyme as you can. Having these healthy ingredients to prepare meals with is a big step towards effective Endometriosis home treatment.
Having the right foods in your kitchen is very important; however to lose weight, meals still need to be balanced and calories need to be counted. The best way to learn how to eat healthy is to browse through recipes that include ingredients in the Endometriosis diet. Always check the calorie count for each recipe and the portion you should serve. Ideal recipes will have enough protein, healthy fats and little carbohydrates. In addition, it should include at least 25 grams of fibre a day. With a few tweaks to your diet, you can enjoy an improved immune system, pain relief and a healthier body.