Fibroid Diet - Do I Really Need a Food Plan To Avoid Fibroid Dominance?
Fibroid Diet and the Food Plan Question
There are a lot of articles about Food Plans on the Internet these days: Vegan Food Plans, Paleo Food Plans etc.
So many they could make your mind boggle with the confusion of it all.
I started to think serious about food and diet when I was diagnosed with uterine fibroids some years ago.
I did not initially see the connection between fibroids and diet, but research on fibroids and their cause soon opened my eyes to a range of things I could do to avoid fibroid dominance
In this article, I’m going to tell you how I took just a few simple steps towards creating a food plan that would help me to avoid some of the debilitating symptoms of fibroids.
I’m not promising that this will 100% turnaround your life and your fight against fibroids.
All I am doing here is to the “plant the seeds” in terms of your awareness of fibroids and diet in the hope that you seek out further knowledge and grow your understanding on fibroid dominance.
The key takeaways you will gain from this article are:
- What you eat and drink is an important factor in controlling fibroid dominance
- Even with a busy life, there are small and basic things you can do to plan out what you eat and drink
- If unsure, it is important to seek further advice from a medical or health practitioner
Fibroids and why can they be a problem for women
Fibroids or uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in or around the womb (uterus).
Their growth is controlled by oestrogen and progesterone, two hormones that regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle.
The symptoms can range from heavy and prolonged bleeding during a period to, in rare cases, infertility.
Fibroid growth is common in women of african or caribbean origin.
In some cases, women have no or very little symptoms.
The problem is that, even with few or no symptoms, there are no guarantees that fibroids will not continue to grow and exhibit the symptoms that many women find difficult to deal with.
Unfortunately, the symptoms can reach a stage where the only options left to women are invasive medical procedures, e.g a hysterectomy.
It is worrying that this tends to be the case with many black women:
“Fibroids are still the leading reason for hysterectomies for Black women in the UK”
Fibroid Diet and Hormonal Balance
Studies suggest that fibroid growth is connected to an imbalance of progesterone (too little) and oestrogen (too much) in women’s bodies.
Progesterone and Oestrogen are two of many hormones that make up a highly sensitive support system in our bodies.
Your diet can trigger changes in that support system.
A diet that promotes oestrogen can result in hormonal imbalance and, consequently, fibroid dominance.
Learning this, I grasped the opportunity to focus on my diet and started shopping for foods and drinks that promote removal of excess oestrogen .
Is there any point to watching your diet when medical help is on hand
The old saying “prevention is better than cure” can apply to avoiding fibroid dominance.
However the statistic that:
“Most American women will develop fibroids at some point in their lives. One study found that, by age 50, 70 percent of whites and 80 percent of African Americans had fibroids”
Is startling and the fact that so many black women are having to go under the knife to “cure” fibroid growth is a concern (in fact, some medical procedure do not cure fibroids. There is a risk of them growing back).
The main advantage of watching your diet is that you are in control of the food and drink items that go into your body, which cause the imbalance.
So, what’s the simplest way to get started with a fibroid diet food plan?
You can start by simply making a list of foods and drinks that are anti-oestrogenic (or help prevent excess oestrogen in the body).
I have created a shopping list of these types of foods here to help you get started with a useful fibroid diet (you can download for FREE here and no sign up needed)
Next, create a simple meal planner.
I used a very basic template from Microsoft but there are lots of templates to choose from online - just google “food plan template”.
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So there you go!
The truth about fibroid diet and having a plan to controlling fibroid dominance is that by just taking a few steps you can keep dominance in check.
Find out about the foods and drinks that reduce oestrogen, and add them to your shopping list to start your simple food plan.
Finally, if unsure and need further guidance, seek advice from a medical or health practitioner.