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Endometriosis Diet - Can Reduce Your Symptoms

A healthy, nutritionally-balanced diet is the basis of living well and keeping healthy. Even small changes to your diet can reduce your endometriosis symptoms and allow you to regain good health.

Scientists believe that many of the diseases in our society today are caused by poor diet. When the human body is deprived of the correct fuel over an extended period of time, it starts to fail and disease occurs. When the diet is then improved, many symptoms disappear and the condition is relieved or cured. Endometriosis is one of the diseases that responds very positively to changes in diet.

The 'correct fuel' for the human body enables this intricate piece of machinery to function efficiently, giving the benefits of good health, freedom from disease, high energy and a feeling of wellbeing. The 'fuel' is the food you eat; the food you eat is your diet. You also need to drink plenty of fresh water every day for optimum health.

Specific benefits of a wholesome diet have been proven and are widely published. They include mental alertness; physical, emotional and mental energy; beneficial sleep pattern; good digestion; effective immune system; regulated metabolism; healthy weight management; balanced blood sugar levels; positive mood control.

So, now you know the problem, let's look at some simple ways to improve your diet so that you get some relief from your endometriosis symptoms. The first change is to your attitude; the food you eat is for the sustenance and health of your body, not just to prevent you feeling hungry. Nutritious food feeds cells, helps organs and tissue function properly and efficiently and gives us energy to live life. Do your own research on the components of food that we need for different functions.

To relieve endometriosis symptoms, there are certain specific nutrients needed to balance hormone levels, lower estrogen levels, increase energy and a sense of well-being to stabilize the emotions. Omega-3 fatty acids aid in the production of positive prostaglandins which soothe and relax the uterus. These are found in wholegrains, nuts and seeds with flaxseed oil, walnut oil and evening primrose having particularly high levels.

Saturated fats like butter, lard and animal fat promote production of the prostaglandins which encourage the uterus to contract and swell. Reduce your saturated fats and increase foods which contain omega-3 to get their calming and relaxing effect.

Eating foods that are high in dietary fiber aids digestion and keeps your digestive tract clean and functioning well. Research has shown that dietary fiber can decrease the amount of estrogen circulating in the body which will also help with your endometriosis symptoms. The best sources of dietary fiber are grains like oats and brown rice, fruit, vegetables and pulses like beans, peas and lentils. Just 2 servings a day of these fiber-rich foods will moderate your estrogen levels, but you should have more than this.

Portion control is another issue that you need to look at; over-eating can make you feel bloated and may exacerbate your painful symptoms. Meat, or other protein sources each meal, should be no bigger than the size of your palm, ¼ of your dinner plate should be carbohydrate like potato, rice or pasta and the rest of your plate should be different colored vegetables. Eat green leafy vegetables every day for good digestion, increased energy and a feeling of well-being.

Snacks are often the area where we fall down; limit or avoid fatty or sugary snacks with refined ingredients that have little or no nutrition. Snack on low-fat yogurt or cheese, fresh or dried fruit, nuts (extra omega-3s) and fruit smoothies.

Foods that you should avoid, particularly at times when your endometriosis symptoms are worse include red meat, refined sugars, full fat dairy and wheat products which all promote inflammation and those negative prostaglandins; foods containing additives and preservatives as they over-load the system with chemicals; caffeine which increases estrogen levels and makes cramps worse; soy products as they appear to have a negative effect on estrogen levels.

Experiment with your diet to find the foods that help control your endometriosis symptoms and pain as well as those that make them worse. The benefits of a nutritionally-sound diet will extend beyond reducing your endometriosis misery.

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