STOP FEEDING YOUR FIBROIDS
Many times many have asked what their meals should look like, when one has fibroids , and what food either helps fight it or arrest its growth. Also, what should your meal plan look like so that you don’t end up feeding the fibroid?
Medical researchers from all over the world have confirmed how humans develop different kinds of ailments through food consumption and also how changing diet can also be the solution. Today, we want to have a look at how diet can help women combat fibroids naturally as well as endometriosis.
Fibroids and endometriosis are conditions that affect many women in Nigeria today. Endometriosis occurs when uterine lining cells grow outside the uterus; fibroids are benign tumors that grow in the uterus. Both conditions can trigger pain and fertility problems.
MEAL PLAN FOR FIBROID
Foods Rich in Fiber
The daily recommended intake of fibre for women stands at 25g, although you need less as you get older — 21g if you are over the age of 51. This is critically important if you have fibroids or endometriosis. Boosting fibre intake to 30 g per day reduces the amount of oestrogen in your body, the hormone that triggers fibroid growth. Additionally, eating a high-fibre, plant-based diet may help protect you from endometriosis. Choose fruits and vegetables as well as whole grain foods such as pasta and bread to increase your fibre intake.
Fibre is an important part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. There are many Nigerian foods that are naturally high in fibre. You probably know about beans, lentils and nuts.
fruits and green-leafy vegetables are generally high-fibre foods. But which ones are really beneficial? Below is a list of surprisingly high-fibre foods that are hardly mentioned;
Pears: Pears have more fibre content in them when they are unpeeled. The skin contains all of the fibre and nutrients. One medium pear with the skin intact has about five grams of fibre in it.
Avocado: is actually a high-fibre fruit, but people normally use it as a vegetable. Two tablespoons of fresh avocado has about 2g of fibre in it. An entire avocado has 10 grams.
Chocolate: Dark chocolate has many health benefits, including being high in potassium and iron. Cocoa powder, mostly used for baking, is also a good source of health benefits. Cocoa powder has over 33grams of fibre per 100grams – that’s over 100 per cent of your recommended daily intake. Dark chocolate can have up to 17 grams of fibre per 100 grams, which is half of your daily intake requirement.
Please Note – Only cocoa powder and dark chocolate have enough nutrients to be consumed. White chocolate and milk chocolate are mostly sugar, and are bad for you. They should be consumed sparingly, since they have no health benefits whatsoever.
Add cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli or Brussels sprouts to your meals in order to avoid fibroids or stop further growth. Compounds that exist in these good-for-you vegetables fight changes in tissues in your body, which can prevent the formation of noncancerous growths, including fibroids.
Including fatty fish in your diet, the kind that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, may reduce your risk of endometriosis. A study published in the June 2010 issue of the journal “Human Reproductions” indicates that female study participants who consumed the most omega-3 fats demonstrated considerably less risk — 22 percent — of an endometriosis diagnosis than those who eat the lowest amount. If you have fibroids, you can benefit from eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids as well; these fats reduce the formation of scar formation and decrease inflammation associated with the condition. Wild (not farmed) salmon, tuna, mackerel, cod, trout, halibut, herring, and sardines are among the best sources.
Foods High in Lycopene
Supplement your meal plan with foods high in lycopene, a compound that provides certain fruits and vegetables — such as tomatoes, pink grapefruit and watermelon. Nutrition Research” suggests that a diet that includes lycopene may reduce risk of fi
broid growth. Pretty much anything with tomatoes in it is rich in lycopene. That includes whole tomatoes, tomato-based soups, sauces and salsas, and also ketchup, baked beans, BBQ sauce and salad dressings derived from tomatoes. One cup of canned tomato sauce has 34 mg of lycopene.
FOODS TO AVOID
Foods high in saturated fats should not be consumed by fibroid patients. These fats can raise the estrogen level, which allows fibroids to grow larger. These foods are also hard on the liver, making it difficult for the body to break down and rid itself of the excess hormones. Avoid bacon, sausage, egg yolks and high-fat processed snacks such as cookies and pastries, which are loaded with saturated fats.
Red meat from mammals and duck are not recommended for those with fibroids. These foods are likely to be high in added hormones, including estrogen. Eat lean white meat for a protein source instead.
High-fat Dairy Products
Women with fibroid tumors are encouraged to limit consumption of high-fat dairy products such as whole milk, cream and butter. These products are often high in added hormones that can feed your tumors. Opt for organic hormone-free products for your dairy consumption
Caffeine Laden Beverages
Beverages containing caffeine are on the list of foods to avoid when you have fibroids on your uterus. William E. Richardson of the Atlanta Clinic of Preventative Medicine warns against drinking these beverages due to their high level of methylanthins which, in turn, cause a high level of biochemicals in the body that can form tumors. Stay away from caffeinated sodas, tea, chocolate and coffee. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, coffee beans are often sprayed with the chemical DDT.
Highly Salted Foods
Limit the amount of highly salted foods in your diet because they are hard on your liver. The liver is the organ most responsible for removing toxins and balancing hormones. Avoid canned soup, baked beans, pretzels, chips, pickles, olives and dried foods, such as jerky.
Lower the amount of "white" foods you consume. According to Healthy.net, these foods alter estrogen metabolism and can cause fibroids to grow larger. These foods include pasta, white bread, white rice, cakes and cookies.