Fibroid are tumors that form in the uterus and affect one in five women. While the word “tumor” can seem scary, fibroid are benign, or noncancerous. They can cause bothersome symptoms, however, such as heavy or painful periods, uncomfortable fullness in your abdomen, frequent urination, pain during sexual intercourse and lower-back pain. By seeking any necessary treatment, you can prevent complications, such as reproductive problems and early labor. Foods aren’t known to shrink fibroids, but certain foods in a healthy diet may help keep them from growing and minimize your symptoms. 1 in 5 women will develop fibroids in their lifetime. Fibroids are noncancerous growths in the wall of the uterus that can cause heavy bleeding, painful periods, prolonged menstruation, back pain, and much more. Fibroids are most common in women in their 30s, particularly African American women.
The one factor in whether you become or already are that one in five is your diet and this factor you can change today.
Fibroid growth is connected to hormonal balance, specifically the problem of estrogen dominance – this is why women who experience fibroids often find they shrink or disappear post-menopause when estrogen levels are lower. By changing what you eat you have the power to change your hormone balance and reverse an internal ecosystem currently functioning with estrogen overload.
The Worst Foods To Eat For Fibroid
1) Processed red meat – processed red meat from factory farmed cows, injected with antibiotics and fed with soy, is another food type to avoid if you have fibroids. The one study that found consumption of processed meat increased the likelihood of fibroid growth, also showed that a high intake of fruits and vegetables can have the opposite effect. The FLO Living protocol recommends small amounts of red meat eaten during certain hormonally-specific times in your menstrual cycle. Thus allowing for a varied diet and a controlled enjoyment of red meat, always organic and grass-fed.
2) White bread, pasta, potatoes – eating refined carbohydrates is no different to eating piles of sugar, both increase insulin causing blood sugar imbalance which is a primary factor behind imbalance hormones. On top of that, gluten is inflammatory and messes with the delicate balance of the microbiome where much of your estrogen is metabolized and processed. From my experience, most women who are experiencing hormonal health issues are also gluten-sensitive.
3) Caffeine + alcohol – over-consumption of coffee and alcohol, which for women means just 2 cups of coffee or 2 high caffeine drinks a day or a glass of wine every night, can overload and strain the function of your liver, hampering it in its ability to process and eliminate excess estrogen. The liver plays a vital role in hormone balancing and when it’s busy getting rid of coffee and alcohol. It cannot play its part to the fullest effect. Just a couple of glasses of wine significantly raises your estrogen levels. Coffee suppresses ovulation, thereby suppressing production of progesterone and producing an estrogen dominated hormone imbalance.
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Best Food to Eat For Fibroid
1) Beans – Legumes are an excellent source of fiber and protein, plus they have a low glycemic impact which reduces the kind inflammation that can increase fibroid growth. You should focus on kidney beans, lentils, and mung beans. As many fibroid sufferers know to reduce their intake of meat, beans and legumes can be a healthy protein replacement.
2) Pears and apples – These are liver-supporting foods. A well-functioning liver is key to preventing estrogen dominance developing in your body, and its symptoms like fibroids. Pears and apples contain a flavonoid named phloretin which impairs tumor growth, along with lots of fiber. This flavonoid actual blocks the production of estrogen.
3) Whole grains – If you know to stay away from the white processed stuff like bread, pasta, and noodles. Then you’ll sure be looking for a way to replace these in your diet. Whole grains help with insulin stabilization. High insulin levels from white starchy stuff is a factor in making fibroids grow. Whole grains are also a great source of fiber and will help to speed up the process. Also elimination of excess estrogen.
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