Nutrition Tips For Endometriosis
Every case of endometriosis is different and no one nutrition plan will fit all.
However, there are a few general rules that apply to most cases.
1. Find out which foods trigger your bowel. This can be done by a food elimination process. Stripping everything back, then introducing food groups back in slowly. Also keeping a food diary and spotting patterns in symptoms. Once you have found out what irritates and causes inflammation, then you can start to omit this from your diet.
2. Follow an anti inflammatory plan. As endometriosis is an inflammatory condition, it is a good idea to reduce inflammation in all other areas, so as not to add to the problem. In simplistic terms, an anti-inflammatory diet consists of fresh fruit, veg, lean meats, fish, nuts and pulses. Omits processed foods, salt, refined sugar and alcohol.
3. Eat around your cycle. Once you know the pattern of your cycle you can begin to tailor your nutrition around the time of the month. Often some foods pass better when the period has finished than just before or during. Once you realise what passes better when , you can plan your month accordingly
4. Add in a good quality omega 3. Many people take supplements without actually realising why they are taking them. Often because they have read a non test based article or a celebrity has endorsed them. To get the correct supplements for your condition, I recommend seeing a naturopath as they can prescribe exactly what you need. However, one supplement that is proven to help endometriosis due to its known anti-inflammatory properties is omega 3. Due to the way that fish is farmed these days, it is rare that you can get the amount of DHA and EPA required for optimal health, therefore it is recommended to supplement with a good quality fish oil that contains polyphenol.