Around 200 million women across the world suffer from endometriosis – an extreme symptom of their regular monthly cycle that leads to prolonged periods, fatigue and intense cramps amongst other symptoms. Although there is no cure for endometriosis, there are things that women can do to ease their symptoms, as proven by research conducted by gynaecologists in London.
Increase your Omega 3 intake
Many doctors recommend that people suffering from endometriosis should try to increase their Omega 3 intake. Omega 3 is known for its excellent anti-inflammatory qualities, meaning that it can drastically reduce the symptoms of endometriosis for many sufferers. There are many ways you can increase your intake of Omega 3 – including taking multi-vitamin tablets – but Omega 3 occurs naturally (and in high quantities) in fish such as salmon and mackerel or in nuts such as walnuts and flax seeds.
Reduce your consumption of ‘junk’ food
It is also important to reduce the quantity of ‘junk’ or fast food that you consume – although it tastes good, fast food contains different kinds of harmful fats (such as trans fats) which can exasperate the symptoms of endometriosis. Recent studies have shown that women whose diets contain a high amount of trans fats (found in takeaways and fast food) are, in fact, more likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis than those who opt for healthier diets. Remember that processed foods contain high amounts of sugar and fats and therefore may actually increase inflammation – meaning that the pain associated with endometriosis can be worsened if they are consumed regularly.
Eat plenty of fibre
It’s also advised that women with endometriosis try to eat plenty of fibre, as high fibre intake is sometimes believed to lower estrogen levels, therefore easing some of the pain associated with endometriosis as those suffering from it find that the symptoms are heightened during their monthly cycle. Fibre-rich foods include fruits (melon, oranges, berries) and vegetables (broccoli, carrots), but it is also found in a lot of wholegrain cereals such as cornflakes. Many supermarkets and shops also sell snack bars that have added fibre within them.
To put it simply, a healthy and balanced diet, supplemented with plenty of exercise and rest, can help ease the symptoms of endometriosis – often due to the fact they can help reduce inflammation which in turn, alleviates some of the pain women may suffer from. By making small changes, such as introducing a little extra fibre or Omega 3 to your diet, not only will you start to feel a little healthier, but you may notice that the pain associated with endometriosis is lessened and becomes more bearable. Thankfully, you do not need to undergo a complete lifestyle overhaul in order to feel more comfortable – you just need to make smart decisions when it comes to eating.