March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. We wanted to create a food guide that you can incorporate into your daily eating plan that helps fight endometriosis. This guide is aimed at supporting your hormones, removing excess estrogen, improving blood flow, reducing inflammation and minimising the impact of endometriosis.
- You want your digestive system to be working efficiently. Consume easy to digest foods such as slow cooked stews and soups. Warming foods are easily metabolized and broken down. This makes for a happy tummy and digestive system.
- Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and buk choy help to metabolise and eliminate excess estrogen from your body.
- We recommend lightly steaming your cruciferous veggies so they don’t have a negative impact on your thyroid gland. If consumed raw they can inhibit the production of the TSH (thyroid stimulating) hormone.
- Avoid sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
- Buy organic as much as possible. Organic = no artificial hormones
- Avoid red meat. It contains large amounts of arachidonic acid which promotes inflammatory prostaglandins, causing inflammation and pain. Instead consume small amounts of lean organic meat and poultry, preferably hormone free.
- Liver friendly foods such as fresh lemon juice, kale and brassica vegetables.
- Small amounts of food that are naturally sour, such as citrus, vinegar, kim chi and pickled vegetables will help support your liver function.
- Incorporate anti-inflammatory spices such as turmeric, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cayenne and cloves
- Strictly avoid gluten. Gluten is found in grains. You can find gluten in barley, rye, oats, wheat and spelt. Gluten is a protein that triggers inflammation in the intestines and has an immunological response in endometriosis due to the protein gliadin.
- Increase your intake of foods that help to detoxify hormones.
- Include estrogen clearing foods such as eggs, fish (omega 3’s) seafood and seaweed.
- Avoid dairy as it increases inflammation and can also be androgenic because of the hormones used in the dairy industry.
- Cut out sugar. Sugar increases insulin levels and inflammation.
- Include foods in your diet that are high in fiber. Good whole foods sources of fiber include berries and green vegies, ground flax seeds, whole grains such as quinoa and brown rice. These foods help remove excess estrogen from the body.
If you would like to book an appointment with one of our Practitioners to discuss your endometriosis, periods, painful periods, menstrual cycle. You can reach the clinic on 9510 3700 or alternatively book online www.angea.com.au.
We also have a created a medicinal herbal elixir that supports endometriosis. It is designed to reduce the symptoms of endometriosis, ease pain, reduce inflammatory markers and inflammation and improve fertility. To purchase your tea, click on our shop www.angea.com.au/shop