A lot of fibroid patients do complain of spending money on different forms of treatments and products without getting any result to show for it. The symptoms the experience are always still there and the fibroids, in some cases, even grow bigger.
If you are undergoing fibroid treatment and you still experience any of the following;
- You are still struggling with fibroids despite taking different treatments
- You experience bloating and discomfort in your abdominal area
- You are gaining weight
- You undergo painful and prolonged periods
- You couldn’t eat
- You suffer with anxiety and frustration
- Life seems to be hell for you
It means you are engaging in some or all of the 4 acts described below;
1. You Are Eating Red Meat, Dairy, Poultry And Eggs
These foods, especially from animals fed with hormones, increase oestrogen levels and that causes fibroids to grow bigger. A way to get over this is to reduce your red meat intake.
For poultry and dairy products, make sure you take organic ones. Eat home-grown chicken instead of the highly preserved frozen chicken. This applies to all poultry products such as egg. Egg from home-grown organic chickens is better than that from poultry chickens that are fed with chemical-containing feeds.
2. You Are Eating Starchy Carbohydrates
Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows that refined sugar and carbs are on the naughty list. That’s because these rank high on the glycemic index, which affect your blood sugar and can stimulate fibroid growth. A recent study published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” showed that a high GI rating also boosts fibroid risk, at least in African-American women. To avoid this, choose whole grains and foods with natural sugar such as fruit.
3. You’re Not Maintaining Your Ideal Body Weight
Studies indicate that obesity can increase your risk of developing fibroids. It has been stated that obesity is associated with the presence of uterine fibroids in women. One possible reason is this: Fat cells contain oestrogen. Women who are overweight tend to have higher levels of oestrogen circulating in their body than normal-weight women. On the other hand, losing weight will lower oestrogen levels, which may protect against fibroids.
In one study, women who exercised for seven hours per week (i.e. one hour per day) slashed their risk of developing fibroids, possibly due to weight loss.
Eating foods low in calories will also result in weight loss and lower levels of oestrogen, which may produce a similar fibroid-reducing effect. Examples of such foods include fishes, oats, berries, egg, vegetables, cucumber, apple, beetroot, broccoli, etc.
4. You Are Eating High Glycemic Index Foods
Women that take foods with higher glycemic index/load have greater fibroid risk than their counterparts with the lowest glycemic index/ Low glycemic index/load foods. Foods like apples or whole beans for example gradually release sugars into the blood. By contrast, foods with high glycemic index/load, such as sugary drinks and pastries, white bread, and white rice, release sugars rapidly and cause the body to release hormones to compensate for blood sugar spikes.
Therefore, women that consume foods with higher glycemic index levels generally had greater fibroid risk.
Also, women younger than 35 years with higher glycemic load had greater fibroid risk than their counterparts with the lowest glycemic load.
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