From what researchers have proposed and what some patients with endometriosis have found that a change in diet can provide some benefits.
The term endo diet represents a change in food intake, lifestyle changes which aim to combat the dreaded ‘endobelly’ .
Simply, the diet excludes foods that cause general inflammation to all and can be modified to exclude or include foods that work for you.
- Increase intake of Omega 3 Fats which are known to be anti-inflammatory and are found in fatty fish. Avoid Omega 6 Fats as they may cause inflammation and pain.
- Avoid Trans Fats! Found in fried foods and processed items like donuts, crackers, fries and pastries.
- Cut down the consumption of red meat. Choose alternatives like chicken or fish or vegetarian options with protein content.
- Plenty of fruits, vegetables and wholegrains which are full of vitamins, minerals and fibre that is beneficial to the body. A high fibre diet has been shown to reduce estrogen levels which may be beneficial to endometriosis patients.
- Limit intake of caffeine and alcohol.
- Cutting down processed food is a good advice for all people but especially for endometriosis sufferers. Due to unhealthy fats and sugars in processed foods, there is high association of inflammation and pain.
- Some women with endometriosis have responded well to a gluten-free diet but the data is unsubstantiated at the moment.