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Diet

Endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent health condition. This is why endometrial tissue levels increase in the body when estrogen levels are high.  Some studies show that a diet high in red meat and low in fruits and vegetables increases the risk of getting endometriosis.

The good news is some findings link healthy dietary habits and good nutrition to a lower risk of endometriosis. In addition, recent studies point to symptom relief when participants added fish oil and antioxidants to their diet.

Fish oil is high in marine omega-3 fatty acids, which have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body.  Antioxidants found in vegetables and fruits such as blueberries and citrus fruits also help with disease prevention.

Along with a healthy diet and better nutrition, it’s important to maintain a normal weight for your body to manage endometriosis and reduce symptoms; the more overweight you are, the more estrogen your body produces. You should also avoid being underweight as endometriosis symptoms might flare.

 If you are overweight, talk to your doctor about a healthy weight loss plan to help you reduce. Your doctor may recommend a nutritionist who will supply you with a weight loss diet and recipes to aid in losing weight.

Avoid foods that increase prostaglandins

If you have endometriosis, try to avoid foods that increase prostaglandins E2 and F2a, chemicals in the body that cause inflammation and pain and stimulate estrogen.  Avoid the following foods if you have endometriosis:

  • Alcohol

  • Caffeine

  • Dairy

  • Red meat

  • Saturated fat and all trans fats

  • Sugar

  • Wheat

A recent study of nearly 500 women aged 36 to 45 showed that those who drank more coffee or consumed higher levels of cholesterol or alcohol had higher levels of estrogen than other women. So you should limit your coffee consumption to no more than two cups per day, and avoid other sources of caffeine, to minimize your chances of suffering more severe disease.

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