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Fighting Fibroids with Food

Posted in Fibroid Relief News

We receive so many questions about the effect of diet on fibroids that we thought it would be valuable to revisit the subject. So, below are a few new tips that possibly will help you fight fibroids with what you eat.

Please note: dietary changes should not be a substitute for medical intervention in serious cases of fibroids.

  • Increase dietary fiber. Fiber can help flush toxins from your body and possibly aid in balancing hormones. Increasing fiber also causes you to eat more healthfully because fiber is found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Avoid processed foods. Refined foods contain high doses of salt, sugar and fats, and lack many of the essential nutrients needed to maintain a healthy body. If you follow tip #1 and concentrate on eating fruits, veggies and whole grains, you can automatically get away from those pesky processed foods.
  • Increase essential fatty acids. EFA’s are not produced by the body and thus must be included in the diet. Without them, your body cannot perform certain critical biological processes. Some good food sources include fish, shellfish, flaxseed (linseed), hemp oil, soya oil, canola (rapeseed) oil, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, leafy vegetables, and walnuts.
  • Eat less red meat, including pork. Red meat increases estrogen, which encourages the growth of fibroids.
  • Monitor your weight. Obesity has been associated with the presence of fibroids.

The good news is that these tips all point to the same thing: making healthful changes that can improve your overall well being.

Related Reading from Fibroid Relief

Got Milk? Possible Impact of Dairy on Fibroids
Reduce Estrogen with a Few Simple Changes
Additional Blogs on Obesity, BPA and GMO Foods

Sources

LiveStrong: Diets for Shrinking Fibroids
Wikipedia: Essential Fatty Acids
Risk Factors: National Uterine Fibroid Foundation

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