Your diet can do wonders in shrinking your uterine fibroids. That is why knowing the foods that will help you decrease the size of your tumor and the foods that will aggravate it is essential in pursuing a fibroid fighting diet.
A fibroid fighting diet will help you eliminate the toxins in your body and contribute to the decrease in the uterine fibroid’s size. The dishes served on your table each day can make a great difference in your health. Knowing what foods can help you and what can worsen your problem is essential. Let us look into these different types of foods that are usually eaten everyday and categorize them as fibroid saints or sinners.
Uterine Fibroid Saints
These foods are particularly helpful to the body when you have fibroids:-
* Fiber-rich foods.
Fiber helps in eliminating estrogen out of the body. Since estrogen is considered as one of the causes of uterine fibroids, eating beans, cereals, pineapples, avocado, carrots, peas, and green-leafy vegetables are important to keep the estrogen level balanced.
* “Whole” foods.
A fibroid fighting diet must consist of whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Whole foods that are rich in lignins (chemical compounds in wood) have antiestrogenic properties. Rye, flaxseed, oats, wheat, corn, rice and millet are foods rich in lignin.
Iron-rich foods can prevent anemia when heavy bleeding occurs due to the uterine fibroids. Beans, molasses, pumpkin, and bitter gourd are rich sources of iron. Iron should be coupled with vitamin C (ascorbic acid) to increase its absorption, so do eat citrus fruits too!
Water flushes away the impurities in the body and it can also decrease the pain related to uterine fibroids.
Bioflavonoids are low-potency estrogen substances that are safe to eat when one has fibroids. Foods that are rich in bioflavonoids are tofu, beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, lentils, lima beans, soybeans, and soy milk.
Uterine Fibroid Sinners
If there are saints, there are also sinners. In order to maintain a fibroid fighting diet, the following food groups are to be avoided:-
* Pro-estrogen foods.
As mentioned, estrogen is one of the causes of uterine fibroids. Avoiding foods that supports its proliferation is important. Foods which have been produced with growth hormones or with the use of pesticides can have estrogen mimicking properties.
Meat can intensify symptoms of fibroid such as abdominal pain and bleeding. Beef, pork, and lamb should be strictly taken in very small portions.
Perhaps doing away with a morning cup of java can save you the pain thereafter. Coffee, even decaffeinated, has phytoestrogen (natural estrogen), and therefore it must be excluded in the diet.
Fighting fibroids take time, effort, and discipline. Now that these foods are on the table, it is your choice to pick. Remember, the perfect start of a fibroid-fighting diet begins with the choices you make everyday.