Remember that well-known saying, "you are what you eat?" Well, for most endometriosis sufferers, the familiar phrase holds all the wisdom in the world.
Hurting month after month from endo, the uncomfortable signs and symptoms associated with your menstrual cycle oftentimes read like your favorite horror story:
• severe belly cramping
• heavy menstruation flow
• mind-numbing headaches
Leaving you exhausted, frustrated and misleading, especially when there is no known "cure" for this crippling situation that affects over 5.5 million women in North America alone.
What Is Happening To My Body?
When you have your period and the cellular substance that lines the uterus gets ready to exit, problematic tissues (aka endometrial tissue) sometimes find their way outside of the uterus yet act the same way, expanding and spasming in preparation for menses. The issue is that they are now kept in and around the pelvic area (ie your fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder, etc.) with nowhere to go. The soreness triggers the painful periods you experience.
Endometriosis is a hormonal ailment that is directly impected by estrogen levels. In fact, many other viral reproductive issues like fibroids, ovarian cysts, PCOS, susceptibility to conceive and the like are all found to be the result of an estrogen imbalance in the body.
You Are What You Eat
The great news is you can gain control over and handle endometriosis by simply eating better. Sounds too good to be true? We can call this the Endometriosis Diet, but "Fibroid Buster," "Ovarian Cyst Diet," "Diabetes Miracle" or any other degenerative disease can be substituted because when it's all said and done, the body is purely doing the best it can with the fuel we give it. Garbage In = Garbage Out.
Fortunately for us though, your system is forgiving enough to give us warning signs before it completely breaks down (Thank You Infinite Intelligence!) And you are here because you've heard the warning signs and want to take action to reverse the damage and prevent further damage.
By reduction of certain foods that promote prostaglandin production in the body (prostaglandins stimulate the production of excess estrogen - in this case, too much of a good thing) you can effectively reduce and eliminate painful signs and symptoms like excessive menstrual cramps, heavy hemorrhaging, nausea, queasiness and diarrhea in as little as one to two cycles and never have another occasion or outgoing ruined by a crippling visit from your monthly menses.
Regrettably, the typical American diet treats far too heavy on comfort foods. Chips, sodas, french fries and animal meat make up the greater part of our daily intake of food, with not a colorful vegetable in sight unless you consider the ketchup put on your burger a part of the vegetable family. So it does take commitment to make the diet changes your body is frantically calling out for.
To make it simpler to get around the grocery store aisles on your future visit, here are the top 10 foods to avoid while following an Endometriosis Diet :
- Dairy Products
- Refined Sugar
- Alcoholic beverages
- White Flour Products (ie cakes, cookies, pasta, white rice, etc.)
- Soy Byproducts
- Saturated Fats & Oils
- Refined Foods
So you're probably thinking, 'well, what CAN I eat then?' That is a sensible question so I will give you a straightforward answer. A good rule of thumb when you are out store shopping is to just stay along the perimeter of the supermarket. Generally speaking, this is where the fresh fruits and vegetables are featured. If you follow this rule of thumb you are also less likely to be persuaded by the frozen ice cream sandwiches and cakes attractively displayed in the center aisle sand will not even realize that they are on sale two for five dollars this week!
Nutritious Substitutes You May Not Have Looked Into:
Sugar - Agave Nectar
Soy Sauce - Bragg's Liquid Aminos
Dairy Milk - Almond Milk
Butter - Flaxseed Oil (can be used to "butter" your bread, flaxseed should not be heated)
Table Salt - Sea Salt
Seasoned Salt - Fresh Herbs (cilantro tastes great with just about everything)
Bottled Juice - Freshly Juiced Fruits & Vegetables
Peanut Butter - Almond Butter
Potato Chips -Flaxseed Chips
Dairy Cheese - Rice Cheese
Meats - Beans
Milk Chocolate - Dark Chocolate
Although it will probably be challenging at first, eventually you will get used to eating with a fresh new perspective and even notice your taste buds changing as you start craving more endo-friendly foods. It is more of a life-style change than a diet but it is absolutely achievable. Just like any new habit, you will get better with time and practice.
In this post we've looked into exactly why the old saying 'you are what you eat' is much more than just an old wives' tale. A well-fed body gives it the fuel it needs to function at optimum performance levels and is a vital first step to keeping sickness and disease from increasing. If you want to eliminate the 3 undercoming triggers of endometriosis and get rid of unbearable period pain within 60 days, then read the Endometriosis Bible to learn even more.