If you’re dealing with endometriosis, mealtime can be a complicated affair. Since diet not only plays an important role in hormone regulation — such as estrogen-balance — diet also affects inflammation.
So what’s the most straightforward food strategy to keep your hormones balanced and endometriosis symptoms at bay? It’s simple — avoid foods that cause inflammation, include more foods that fight it by consuming a well-balanced diet that’s mostly plant-based and full of vitamins and minerals.
Here are 3 foods you can include in your diet that can help.
- Foods high in fiber: such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains
- Iron-rich foods, such as beef, chicken, dark leafy greens, broccoli, beans, nuts, and seeds
- Foods packed with essential fatty acids, such as salmon, herring, walnuts, chia, and flax seeds
Foods To Avoid!
Now that we’ve covered the food you should be including in your diet to help with hormone balance and endometriosis, here are 3 food you should avoid.
- Alcohol & caffeine — Both alcohol & caffeine increase the risk of dehydration which is not good for fighting inflammation. To avoid exacerbating endometriosis symptoms, it’s best to limit your consumption of alcohol and caffeine.
- Gluten — Gluten can produce substances that mimic hormones and therefore they can disrupt healthy hormonal balance — especially hormones that affect sexual and reproductive health like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
- Saturated and trans fat — Our bodies convert both these substances into cholesterol, which can, in turn, be converted into an excess production of sex hormones, thus leading to a hormonal imbalance.
Looking out for your hormonal health? Let us know what your favorite inflammation-fighting foods are in the comments below — we’d love to hear from you!