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Eat this - Not That: Managing Endometriosis Symptoms

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foods you can eat to help with endometriosis symptomsIs there a diet I can follow to help with my endometriosis symptoms?


Some women believe that changing their diet has helped with their endometriosis symptoms. Whether or not you will have results can depend on many different variables, but it could be worth a try.

No matter how healthy you are, you need to talk to your doctor before making any major dietary changes. Even healthy changes can have unexpected results if you make too many changes all at once. In general, you should not completely eliminate a food group from your diet unless instructed to do so by your doctor. Making small changes can be easier and more permanent. If you try to make too many changes at once, you are more likely to give up.

Before making significant changes, you should also ask if you need be evaluate for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), interstitial cystitis (IC), or Crohns, and Celiac diseases. If you have diabetes, it’s important that your medical team be actively involved in any diet changes you make.

Eat these:

  • More fruits and veggies
  • Green tea
  • Seeds
  • Nuts
  • Brown rice, oatmeal, and whole grains
  • Beans and peas

Limit these:

  • Gluten
  • Soy and other foods high in plant estrogens
  • Red meat
  • Fat, including oils and fried foods
  • Sugar
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Dairy
  • Wheat
  • Packed and processed foods

Whether or not the changes in your diet will have a direct impact on endometriosis, they could
  • minimize overall inflammation,
  • reduce abdominal and intestinal upsets like cramping and bloating,
  • help you lose weight,
  • boost your immune system,
  • give you more energy,
  • help with hormones, and
  • improve your overall health.
The end result--you will feel better! And the better you feel, the better you will be able to cope with a chronic condition like endometriosis.

The rule of thumb is to consistently eat a healthy diet. Freshly prepared meals made with fresh ingredients can be the key. So put away the pre-made, processed canned and boxed items and dig out your recipe books!


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

04-25-2016 - 12:20 PM


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