Facts About Endometriosis
Endometriosis is classified as a biological malfunction which attacks the reproductive organs, and the pelvic area of a woman’s body. The symptoms are silent in the beginning, before becoming more pronounced with painful periods, a general feeling of being run down all the time and pain at other times of the month (not just while on your period). Simply put, the body’s natural process goes seriously wrong.
As you can see, it would be easy for these symptoms to be misdiagnosed as something else. Though Endometriosis is rarely, if ever, fatal, it is nice to put a name to any symptoms you may have while you look for ways to manage the disease.
Endometriosis affects over 70 million women worldwide,, and methods are improving rapidly for detection and diagnosing.
It is well documented through medical history that eating well brings on positive changes in our health. With endometriosis, this is no exception.
Many women have shown remarkable improvement, even becoming symptom free , simply from eating a well controlled diet. The goal of the Endo diet is to stabilize hormones, decrease levels of estrogen, alleviate painful cramps and keep emotions stabilized.
The diet, to lesson pain and symptoms, should be low in fats such as: butter, lard, saturated fats, and animal meat. The diet should also consist of high fiber and whole grains (except wheat and rye). Good sources are peas, beans, brown rices, oatmeal and vegetables and fruits.
The foods to avoid are numerous - sugars and additives/preservatives, soy, frozen and packaged foods, fried foods, caffeine, chocolate, red meats and white flour and byproducts.
Getting adequate vitamins and minerals is important for everyone, ill or not. However, most people do not get all the requirements through foods alone for a variety of reasons. Taking a well rounded supplement is important to help the body get the vitamins and other essentials it needs daily.
Drinking a lot of water is a must. Filtered or mineral water is best. Water keeps our organs well lubricated and helps to flush toxins out of our systems. Most people do not consume enough water on a daily basis.
The diet may seem restrictive, but keep in mind it’s to help lessen or completely alleviate your symptoms of endometriosis. Try it for a fair amount of time and see how you feel and if it helps with your symptoms at all.
If you can control your pain and other symptoms through diet alone, you won’t have to worry about surgery and other options that have not, at this time, been proven to help. Endometriosis at this time can’t be ‘cured’ but it can be controlled.