Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue that normally grows within the uterus grows outside the uterus, causing pain and sometimes infertility. The tissues can be found on the ovaries, intestines or fallopian tubes.
According to WHO, Endometriosis affects roughly 10% (190 million) of reproductive age women and girls globally.
The most common symptoms are severe pains during periods, sexual intercourse, bowel movements/urination, pelvic pain, abdominal pain, infertility amongst others.
Experts say dietary and lifestyle change may play a major role in improving the symptoms of endometriosis and can have a lasting effect either positive or otherwise. You should avoid foods that cause inflammation and embrace those with anti-inflammatory properties. Below are some food you can consider:
LEAFY GREENS: Leafy green vegetables are high in carotenoids, which act as antioxidants and counter potentially harmful compounds in your body.
WHOLE GRAINS: Whole grains include all three nutrient-rich parts of the grain: germ, endosperm and bran. Compared to refined grains, whole grains are fibre dense, which may help reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol. Common types of whole grains include whole wheat, brown rice, oats, quinoa amongst others.
BERRIES: The Berry family is brilliant when it comes to nutrition. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are packed full of vital nutrients and are also rich in antioxidants like anthocyanins, which protect against the oxidative stress and inflammation.
AVOCADOS: Avocados are an excellent source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, which have been linked to reduced levels of cholesterol.
OMEGA-3: Omega-3s may also lower triglycerides and curb inflammation.
Foods to avoid include
Dairy foods: Dairy foods usually contain a high percentage of saturated fat, which may aggravate endometriosis.
Red meat: red meat are high in trans or saturated fat. Some researches say high intake of red meat aggravate endometriosis.
Caffeine: Caffeine is acidic and too much of it can cause irritation to the stomach lining and aggravates the digestive system.
Alcohol raises oestrogen levels during menstrual cycle, which increases the risk for endometriosis in women.
Supplements like the RIDA range contains nutrients and antioxidant properties that can help decrease, if not cure the symptoms of endometriosis.
Persons with symptoms of endometriosis can keep a tab of their symptoms by making a journal about their dietary changes to know if they get better after eating certain meals.
It is advisable that you consult a doctor or a dietician to draw up possible food diet schedules.
There are other home remedies you can engage in the management of endometriosis symptoms. They include