The exact cause of this painful disorder is yet to be known, but with the help of certain diet and lifestyle changes, Endometriosis can be dealt with tactfully. Read on as we elaborate on treatment strategies.
What is Endometriosis?
Normal menstruation cycle in women is a sign of healthy reproductive function of the body. During the menstrual cycle, the body experiences an increase and decrease of hormone levels characterized by menstrual blood flow.
It is the shedding or breakdown of the thickened wall (or tissue) in the uterine (endometrial) lining formed during the course of time, which is discharged from the body.
In some cases, instead of forming inside, the tissue is formed either outside the uterine wall or ovaries or fallopian tube resulting into clumps of tissue. This condition is called Endometriosis.
The external endometrial tissue continues to develop in the pelvic or abdominal cavity as it would do so normally inside the uterus and goes through the stages of thickening and shedding during every menstrual cycle. However, this tissue remains trapped in the body as it cannot find a way to be discharged, causing it to get inflamed and painful.
Endometriosis affects the organs of the abdominal cavity resulting in severe pain and unusual bleeding. In some cases, it forms cysts which can lead to infertility.
What is “Endometriosis” and what are the “Endometriosis Symptoms” ?
Do Diet And Lifestyle Changes Have Any Influence on Endometriosis?
According to research, regular exercise is believed to bring 40-80% reduction in risk for endometriosis. Moreover, women who exercise regularly tend to have less painful periods and reduced stimulation of ovaries and hence less estrogen production. By this we mean indulging in some sort of physical activity can help reduce the symptoms of endometriosis.
It is believed that diet can strongly relate with the potential for endometriosis. Some studies suggest that high intake of green vegetables and low red meat can bring significant reduction in the risk for endometriosis whereas a diet high in beef and other red meat with low vegetables can increase the chances of developing endometriosis.
Whether or not diet and lifestyle changes have any direct influence on the issue of endometriosis, we certainly cannot rule them out completely as they do have a significant impact on other health related issues.
Some diet and lifestyle modifications to treat endometriosis
Increase Fiber and Reduce Fat: daily intake of fiber can help to balance estrogen (primary female hormones that control the growth and development) levels as it expels the excess hormones rather than reabsorbing them and provides smooth bowel movement. Research suggests that low fat and high fiber diet can bring about a considerable reduction in the serum estrogen levels in the body. So when it comes to dairy products go low-Fat or fat-free!
Essential fatty Acids (EFA’s): Now don’t get confused. These EFA’s helps to reduce saturated fatty acids that cause fibroid growths. Essential fatty acids improve hormonal balance and are anti-inflammatory in nature which means they keep the inflammatory hormones at bay! Fish oil is a good source of EFA.
Avoid Refined Foods: Another theory focuses on reducing the production of prostaglandins (a pain causing substance released in the body) which stimulates uterine contractions and interfere with the functioning of the ovaries. Avoiding foods that increase prostaglandins and inflammation such as refined processed foods (refined flour, sugar, sweets, etc.) can alleviate the symptoms of endometriosis. This means it’s a no-brainer that you should opt for foods that are unprocessed, natural and fresh; which have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.
Lose weight and stress: Being overweight or obese means having more number of fat cells that stimulate the production of estrogen in the body. So is increased stress which is linked with high estrogen production in the body.
Avoid alcohol and smoking: They can further cause inflammation and hence you should try to keep away from these vices.
High Antioxidants Intake: For you this means the high intake of fresh fruits and vegetables that are anti-inflammatory and can help reduce pain.
Other strategies such as stacking cupboards with healthy foods, staying active or joining any ‘hobby classes’ can help to adapt a healthy life and treat endometriosis effectively.
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