Updated: Apr 20, 2021
Inflammation and pain are the most common symptoms of endometriosis and adenomyosis. Some studies have proven if you make the following dietary adjustments and anti-inflammatory foods, it could significantly reduce the inflammation and pain experienced especially during periods. Adopting a healthy eating lifestyle could also improve your immune system.
Eliminate fried, junk, and fast food.
They have little nutritional value and may be high in trans fat. They may also contain additives and preservatives that can trigger inflammation. Such as French fries, fried chicken, puff puff, egg rolls, and fast food meals.
Eliminate carbohydrates & processed meats
White bread, pasta, white rice, crackers, flour tortillas, biscuits. Processed meats such as Bacon, beef jerky, canned meat, salami, hot dogs, smoked meat.
Eliminate caffeine, sugar-sweetened beverages & alcohol
A healthy liver is important for good hormone balance, as the liver detoxifies chemicals and waste products including excess hormones. Alcohol can be extremely inflammatory and affect vitamin D levels in the liver. Caffeine can also elevate estrogen levels causing inflammation.
What should you eat:
Load up on omega-3's
Studies have shown omega-3 fats prevent the survival of endometrial cells and suggest that omega-3 fats might help discourage the implantation of endometrial cells in the first place. Omega-3 is found in salmon, anchovies, mackerel.
Essential fatty acids (EFAs)
A good balance of healthy fats is essential for most people, but particularly for endometriosis sufferers, as EFAs can aid hormone balance and reduce inflammation, which helps to relieve endometriosis symptoms. Look to include foods rich in essential fatty acids such as oily fish (salmon, sardines, mackerel, anchovies) as well as nuts and seeds.
Eat your fruits and vegetables daily. Ideally five portions or more
Fruits are packed with nutrients and vegetables. Fibre-rich fruits have been linked to lowering estrogen levels. Aim to eat at least five portions of fruits and vegetables daily. Also include iron-rich vegetables such kale, spinach, and broccoli, or beetroot.