Fibroids are tumours that form in the uterus. While the word “tumour” can seem scary, fibroids are benign, or noncancerous. They can cause bothersome symptoms, such as heavy or painful periods, uncomfortable fullness in your abdomen, frequent urination, pain during sexual intercourse and lower-back pain.
By seeking necessary treatments, you can prevent complications, such as reproductive/fertility problems and early labour during pregnancy. Also, in your struggle to overcome fibroid challenges, certain foods in a healthy diet may help keep fibroid from growing further and minimise your symptoms and some of such foods are listed for you below;
1. FRUITS AND VEGETABLES – Fruits and vegetables provide rich amounts of disease-and inflammation-fighting nutrients and fibre, which help promote appetite and weight control.
This is important because inflammation and excess fat can contribute to fibroids. In a study published in “Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition” in 2013, researchers analysed the diets of premenopausal women and found that eating rich amounts of fruits and vegetables lowered the women’s risk of developing fibroids. A high body mass index, on the other hand, increased the risk.
2. BEANS AND LENTILS – Legumes, such as beans and lentils, are top fibre sources, making them prime choices for weight control. They also have a low glycemic index, or a mild impact on your blood sugar.
High-glycemic carbohydrate sources, such as sweets, can cause inflammation and increase fibroid growth. Replacing these foods with nutritious, low-glycemic carbohydrate sources, such as legumes, can help minimise your symptoms. As plant-based protein sources, beans and lentils also provide nutritious alternatives to fatty meats, which increase inflammation.
3. UNPROCESSED GRAINS – White foods, such as starchy white bread, increase insulin production in your body and influence the way oestrogen is metabolised, thereby increasing your risk for fibroid symptoms.
Skip refined starches and stick to whole, unprocessed grains for improved uterine health and protection from fibroid growth. Whole grains are also low-glycemic and richer in antioxidants, fibre and protein than their processed counterparts. Nutritious examples include oats, brown rice, wild rice, quinoa and barley.
4. LOW-FAT DAIRY PRODUCTS – Uterine fibroids are up to three times more prevalent in black women than white women, according to a “Today’s Dietician” article by registered dietician Megan Tempest, published in May 2012.
Some evidence suggests this is likely because black women consume significantly fewer dairy products than whites. The protective properties of dairy, according to researchers who’ve investigated this link, lie in the ability of calcium to inhibit cell growth that leads to the tumours. If you tolerate dairy products well, incorporate low-fat varieties, such as milk, yogurt and cottage cheese, into your diet. If not, choose lactose-free fortified milk or a non-dairy equivalent, such as almond milk. Limit high-fat items, such as whole milk and fatty cheeses, which contribute to inflammation.
5. FLAXSEEDS – Flaxseeds contain phytoestrogens (natural substances with oestrogen-like properties).
Experts say most women can benefit from phytoestrogens, which block the oestrogen receptors on the cells in fibroids, potentially minimising symptoms and lowering your risk for fibroid growth. Flaxseeds also provide fibre and omega-3 fats, which guard against inflammation and tumour growth and help rid your body of excess oestrogen.
We hope you will take this advice on choosing the right choice of food and food combination in your diet daily seriously. This, more than anything else, will improve your chances of getting result from whatever form of fibroid treatment you are taking.
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