What are fibroids? Fibroids are benign non-cancerous growths in the uterus that most commonly develops during a woman’s childbearing years.
Part of the reason that fibroids can be hard for some women to deal with is their nature. They do not have one direct and clear cause that people can identify and contain. The most common medical thought currently is that lifestyle is a big factor. Therefore it makes sense that while you should see your gynaecologist still and follow their treatment recommendations, that you should make changes to your diet and lifestyle too. More and more we understand that what we eat has a big impact on our health, not just in terms of weight but general health as well. Diet is linked to a lot of other conditions too, so making a change for the better could help in multiple ways.
What doctors do agree on
The following points are what most doctors do agree on concerning fibroids;
- Estrogen has a big impact on fibroids and when there is a lot of the hormone, there tends to more fibroids, larger fibroids, and they return sooner
- Afro Caribbean women are more likely to have problems with fibroids
- Age is a factor too, those who are mid-thirties or older are more likely to get them
- Weight is another factor, with women who are overweight or obese being more likely to develop them
- If the woman already has an inflammatory condition then they are more likely to develop them
- Certain toxins and chemicals in a woman’s environment might mimic estrogen and the fibroids respond to that
- Genetics plays a part, if a woman’s mother had them, then she is more likely to develop them
There are a number of options in the treatment of fibroids including surgery. There is a chance that they will return though, and many women have that problem.
What does a fibroid diet consider?
A diet for women with fibroids takes into account the above factors. It looks at how to reduce estrogen levels naturally, the importance of reaching and maintaining a healthier weight and getting rid of environmental toxins that might be an issue.
- Maintaining a healthy weight – The reason this is important comes back to the idea of controlling your estrogen levels. Fat cells are one of the means a woman’s body produces estrogen so the more you have, the more your body can produce.
- Reducing estrogen – There are several ways you can do that as part of your diet. A liver detox can help and eating a low-fat diet, such as the Zone Diet with lower processed foods, artificial sweeteners and also watch the caffeine.
- Environmental toxins can be avoided by eating organic foods and avoiding foods with chemicals, hormones and additives. Certain herbs are thought to help such as prickly ash bark, motherwort, ginger root, cleavers and red raspberry leaf.
With the help of your doctor and some changes in what you eat and your lifestyle, you can help control the symptoms and even the size of your fibroids and how often they re-occur.