The Endometriosis Diet
OK, so the Endo is back to kicking my butt. I am not on any kind of hormone therapy to regulate the high levels of Estrogen associated with Endometriosis. So when the Endo fog starts to roll into town, the only defense I currently have is Zoloft (for the PMDD) and my Physical Therapy exercises. But I can tell you that neither one helps when your breasts swell an entire cup size and you bloat up to a 3-4 month pregnancy belly. Last week, I looked like one of my friends who keeps posting her expanding pregnancy body through pictures on Facebook. But I am not growing a human inside of me. I am simply filling up with hormones and Endometrium tissue. The hormone therapies used to regulate this portion of the hellish cycle that mother nature has thrust upon me. But my body has decided that it wants to be unique. None of the current hormone therapies worked on me. So until modern medicine catches up with my “ha, ha you can’t catch me” form of Endometriosis, I’m pretty much screwed and left to figure things out on my own.
So last week, I was talking with one of my co-workers about the chaos going on inside of my body. She recommended a book for me called “Why do I still have Thyroid symptoms? When my lab tests are normal.” She found out that all of her issues stem from an allergy to wheat gluten. Well, I am not one to jump on the latest diet/fad bandwagon. A gluten-free diet isn’t for everyone and I told her as much. She said that the book mentioned Endometriosis and different diets that could help ease the pain and other symptoms. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to take a look at the book so I whipped out my kindle and searched the title. There is no current kindle version of this book so I decided to search “Endometriosis Diet” and I found an article for the kindle, “ENDOMETRIOSIS DIET: The Hidden Link to Control Pain and Hormones Without Any Side Effects” by Rita Pauline.
So basically, someone else has done the research for me on what I should be eating to help control my hormones and relieve the pain of Endometriosis. It couldn’t hurt to give it a read through. So here is what I found out from this article:
A Woman with Endometriosis must avoid the following:
- Dairy Products, like milk and cheese (they stimulate the production of Prostaglandins which worsen Endometriosis symptoms)
- Saturated Fats and Oils like coconut oil, palm oil, butter, margarine, lard, organ meats and fried foods. (These also stimulate the production of Prostaglandins).
- Wheat (The Phytic acid in wheat aggravates the symptoms of Endo)
- Modern Soy Products, like soy milk, soy based cheese, granola, pasta, imitation meat and other highly processed soy products (They are said to contain soybean toxins that could do more harm than good over time).
- Sugar in all forms (produces a more acidic environment within the body that can encourage the inflammatory pain of endometriosis)
- Caffeine (increases the production of estrogen)
- Alcohol (destroys Vitamin B in the Liver which helps filter blood of chemicals, hormones and other impurities. It is said that women with Endo already have a sluggish liver because of the disease so alcohol will just make it worse and must be cut out completely).
- Red Meat (stimulates production of Prostaglandins and estrogen)
- Refined Carbohydrates, like White bread, pasta, flour, pastry, cakes and chocolates (These deplete the body’s nutrients, damage blood vessel walls and are the primary cause of weight gain that lead to increased Endo symptoms).
- Additives and Preservatives found in processed, frozen or pre-packaged foods (because they are full of dangerous chemicals and ingredients that promote the growth of Prostaglandins)
So basically what this all means is that I need to take vitamins (Calcium, Vitamin E, the B Vitamins, Vitamin C, & Magnesium), eat foods high in Fiber (raspberries, apples, pears, bananas, strawberries, barley, brown rice, bran, popcorn, and oatmeal), White Meats like Chicken or Pork (or fish but I am so not a seafood fan), fruits & vegetables, and only drink water.
OK, so I will try it. What can it hurt?
I would say that Saturday was my first day trying the diet but I screwed that up with breakfast. I added cheese to my egg whites and milk to my tea. Then on Sunday I hurt my back and have been in pain ever since. So it is hard to tell if a change in my diet is helping my pain levels when I can’t even sit-up straight or walk without pain surging through my entire being (the good thing is that my back hurts so bad that I’m not even noticing my menstrual cramps). So I will have to get back to you on my experimentation with the Endo Diet.