5 devastating foods that can trigger fibroid dominance in black women
There is a lot of information out there about how certain diets can impact general health - for example, a keto diet can help with weight loss.
There’s not a heck of a lot out there about how what you ingest into your body can impact fibroid dominance
“It is estimated that 50 % of UK women have fibroids at some point in their childbearing years, however up to 80% of Black women will develop fibroids”
So why so high for black women?
It is no longer a secret that diet is important for avoiding fibroid dominance.
We are starting to understand that lifestyle and diet, can have an impact on fibroid growth and dominance.
Unfortunately, us black women tend to have a diet that include foods that promote or enhance fibroid growth and dominance.
In this article, I am going to name some of those foods, state why they are promoters of dominance and suggest alternatives that you should adding to your shopping list.
So, what are fibroids and why are they a problem for black women
Fibroids or uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in or around the womb (uterus).
Their growth is controlled by estrogen and progesterone, two hormones that regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle.
The symptoms can range from heavy, long and painful periods to (in rare cases) infertility.
For some women, there are little or no symptoms and the issue for black women is that it can take at least twice as long for a diagnosis, compared to white women.
As the risk of fibroid growth and dominance is higher in women of african or caribbean origin, it makes sense for us to start thinking about what we can do to mitigate that risk.
As mentioned earlier, diet can be a key factor.
Specifically, avoiding a diet that can skew the balance of hormones connected to fibroid growth.
So what diet and, specifically, foods types are we talking about here:
Alcohol and Caffeine
I have lumped these together as they can both affect liver function.
The liver helps to maintain hormone balance by expelling excess estrogen.
Excess estrogen is linked to fibroid growth so try to avoid the intake of too much alcohol and caffeine
Eating red meat from conventionally farmed animals, e.g cows and pigs, can increase the risk of fibroid growth.
The artificial feeding methods used on these animals can produce meat that affects the hormone balance in women.
As an alternative, try organic meat or just reduce intake of red meat
Example of soy products include tofu and soya milk.
Soy is an example of what is called estrogenic product.
When ingested, it mimics estrogen hormone in the body resulting in excess estrogen and higher chance of fibroid growth.
To avoid fibroid dominance, try to avoid Soy in your diet
High Glycemic Index (GI) food
Examples of high GI food include cake, sugary drinks, potato and white rice.
So why does the intake of high GI foods act as a trigger for fibroid dominance?
Because, they can cause inflammation in the body.
Inflammation causes hormonal imbalance and, as I have previously mentioned, hormone levels can cause fibroid growth.
Go for low GI foods such as fruit, non-starch vegetables and whole wheat
So, what’s the simplest way to avoid triggers of fibroid dominance?
You can start as basic as looking at what is in your weekly shopping list
Assess possible triggers such as items that contain Soy or are high in GI
Don’t go crazy and start cutting things out at the get go
You still need a balanced diet to maintain a healthy life
Start slowly by removing or reducing some trigger items and assess how you feel over time.
Some low GI food items are healthier and help promote better weight management, so you are likely to see overall health and wellbeing benefits anyway.
Certain food items may make more of a difference that others - it depends on your own personal situation
You may have an issue with the higher cost or going for organic red meat.
No problem - look at alternatives such as adding more fresh oily fish such mackerel or tuna
Check out this blog article on african recipes with a twist that help avoid fibroid dominance.
Interesting in finding out more about foods that help prevent fibroid dominance?
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So there you go!
The truth about avoiding food triggers which cause fibroid dominance is taking stock of what is in your shopping list, deciding on changes that are balanced
and healthy for you and assessing any changes in dominance over time.
Remember, our bodies work and respond to different foods in different ways and this is a personal journey to what works best for you in terms of overcoming
Finally, if unsure about foods and fibroid dominance seek advice from a health practitioner