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Endometriosis: An Anti-Inflammatory Way of Eating

Digestion is the process by which the body makes all things happen: it breaks down our food so we can get the nutrients absorbed into our system. The western diet is pro-inflammatory and lacks indigestible plant fibers.


A PRO-INFLAMMATORY DIET can make your endometriosis symptoms worse, because inflammation triggers endometriosis cell proliferation.


Systemic inflammation can impact your bones and skin, irritate your digestive tract, burden your sleep, impact a healthy weight, and weaken your gums.


Inadequate prebiotics, the indigestible plant fibers that feed the probiotic bacteria in the gut, can also be a physical stressor that can lead to hormone imbalances, including estrogen dominance. Estrogen feeds your endometriosis cells! Probiotics are the microbes within the gut that stimulate good digestion


Bottom line: An anti-inflammatory and prebiotic diet is beneficial for people with endometriosis. If you have endometriosis, you already have inflammation in the body! So, nourish your body with ANTI-INFLAMMATORY foods



BE CAREFUL ABOUT NIGHT SHADE VEGETABLES

  • These foods can trigger an inflammatory response that might ignite your immune system

  • Tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, cayenne pepper, paprika


OTHER FOODS TO EAT:

  • Fruits: Apples (gala, fuji, pink lady), applesauce, blueberries, blackberries, coconut, dates, pears and watermelon

  • Healthy Fats: Avocado, olives and olive oil, coconut oil and butter, nuts and nut butters

  • Herbs and Spices: Parsley, all-spice, almond extract, basil, coriander, dill, fennel, garlic, oregano, poppy seeds, rosemary, vanilla extract, sage, sea salt, thyme, tarragon, turmeric

  • Proteins: Poultry (chicken or turkey organic or pastured raised), fish (wild caught), beef and liver (grass-fed), protein powder (hemp and collagen)


HOW TO EAT:

  • Chew your food at least 40 times/bite! Slow down!

  • Your stomach do not have teeth so you need to mechanically breakdown food as much as possible

  • Examples to ease digestion is consuming soups and smoothies


If you are struggling with endometriosis and experiencing:

  • Pelvic or abdominal pain

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Pain with intercourse

Book an appointment to learn more about how pelvic floor PT can be helpful!


Click here to learn more about how I help women with endometriosis.



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