Health

Endometriosis Foods – the good and bad

http://www.theafa.org/blog/good-food-bad-food-your-top-ten-list-for-endometriosis/

Nutritional expert  Karen Spencer-Dees, Ph.D. states that “Nutrition is the science of food.  Being educated on   proper diet and modifying your eating habits can make all the difference between  successfully having a family, or not.  Sometimes, even the simplest of changes yield the biggest results.”  She should know.  Dr. Spencer-Dees is herself a longtime sufferer of endometriosis who through dietary changes, including food combining, dramatically improved her symptoms as well as her overall health.

 

For those with endometriosis, there are not only specific foods that   you should eat, but also specific foods that you should avoid.  Detrimental foods include those that  increase prostaglandins E2 (GE2) and prostalandin F2a (PGF2a).  These two types of prostaglandins stimulate estrogen, which is the main hormone found to increase the symptoms of endometriosis in those who suffer from it.

 

Simply put, the Endometriosis Bad Foods List is as follows:

 

  • Sugar
  • Wheat
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Dairy
  • Red Meat
  • Pork
  • Saturated Fat and all transfats
  • Refined Carbohydrates
  • Additives and Preservatives

 

What’s left?  The Endometriosis Good Foods List includes (but is not limited to):

 

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables, especially cruciferous vegetables
  • Whole Grain Foods
  • Flaxseed
  • Amaranth and other whole seeds
  • Beans such as Navy Beans, which are high in choline or choline supplements
  • Chicken in moderation
  • Fish
  • Fish Oil
  • Unsaturated fats high in Omegas 3 and 6

 

Also key when you have endometriosis is doing lots of exercise,  and drinking 6-8 glasses of fresh water daily.

 

 

The Pain

One of the things I hate about my body, is that I have endo.  Recently, I’ve had more pain and cramping that I usually done have.  Puzzling to be sure. 🙁  for people with Endo the thought of having birth children is out of reach unless financially you can afford it.  It’s frustrating that I can’t do something that women were created for….to carry children in their bodies….naturally without help.  I struggle with IVF because I’ve always believed that if someone can’t get pregnant, then maybe they were put on the earth to take care of the children that couldn’t be taken care of by their original families.  I still believe this, but also struggle with wanting an experience as a woman that only woman can have.  Sometimes I feel selfish in that “want”, but other times I feel like why shouldn’t I want that???  Some times I wish I would have been pregnant early in life so that this disease wouldn’t have ravished my body so badly.  Hopefully the pain will go away and it’s just a bump in the road.