By Annabel Anita Adanna
You know the feeling. It’s that time of the month, and you have to worry about whether you might have an embarrassing accident if you’re away from home for too long. Or that you might feel faint from blood loss. For many women, this is the reality of living with fibroids. Yet there are other ways fibroids can impact your life that go beyond symptoms. You may have to think about what foods to avoid with fibroids, as certain things could exacerbate your symptoms. A healthy diet is essential to a healthy life, so we’ll go over just a few things you can do on your own to start feeling better.
Processed meats have been linked to many diseases, and most doctors associated consuming large quantities of processed meat with an unhealthy lifestyle. Processed meat is meat that has been preserved by curing, smoking, drying, or canning, and includes hot dogs, sausages, dried meat, and canned meat.
For women with fibroids, the high-fat content generally found in these meats leads to inflammation, which can worsen symptoms. Processed meats usually also contain chemicals which can be irritating to your system. If consuming meat, it’s best to choose fresh, organic cuts.
For many, dairy is one of the hardest things to avoid. Most of us love cheese a little too much. Yet the hormones in dairy, particularly estrogen, can contribute to fibroid growth, so it’s best to avoid it as much as possible. Look for alternative milk sources such as almond milk, which comes in many different delicious flavors to enjoy.
REFINED SUGAR AND CARBS
Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows that refined sugar and carbs are on the naughty list. That’s because these rank high on the glycemic index, which affect your blood sugar and can stimulate fibroid growth. A recent study published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” showed that a high GI rating also boosts fibroid risk, at least in African-American women. To avoid this, choose whole grains and foods with natural sugar such as fruit.
Avoiding these foods with fibroids is a good idea for numerous reasons. Not only will it help with your fibroids, the healthier will also make you feel better and give you more energy. To learn more about how you can relieve your fibroid symptoms, visit our website.