According to the statistics, 15 percent of women experiencing gynaecological problems suffer from endometriosis. This condition may appear with the first signs of puberty and may last until menopause or later. It is important to know that there is no a readymade solution but there are plenty of ways to relieve the symptoms. The symptoms are as follows: pain before and during periods, pain with intercourse, heavy menstrual flows, painful bowel movements during periods, nausea, diarrhoea, constipation and infertility.
What causes this condition? The cause has still not been found but there are several theories explaining this condition, such as the lymph theory, the embryo theory and the theory that some cells develop irregularly and that this is a hereditary condition.
Another theory that has recently been developed is the one mentioning a chemical cause. Research done by the American Endometriosis Association indicates that there is a correlation between endometriosis and the pesticide dioxin. Pesticides are the antagonists of choline, vitamin belonging to group B that helps the liver decompose oestrogen. Dioxins are the result of paper production and therefore using tampons frequently is not recommended. When buying tampons, it is advised to look for those that are made of unbleached paper.
Choose fruit and vegetables with no pesticides.
Today most nutritionists agree that there is a strong relation between Candida albicans infection and endometriosis. Once Candida infection is effectively treated, the symptoms of endometriosis will disappear. As with other conditions, stress only worsens endometriosis!
What do coeliac disease and endometriosis have in common?
Infertility and the recommendation not to eat foods containing gluten, that is to say, gluten intolerance is a common feature of both conditions.
Whereas in coeliac disease this recommendation must be followed on a long-term basis, in endometriosis it is worthwhile carrying out elimination diet over four to six weeks and eliminate all wheat and dairy products from your menu. This should improve the symptoms of pelvic pain and bloating.
- Foods rich in vitamin E such as almonds, pine nuts and avocado – for boosting the immune system.
- Cabbage, cauliflower, tomato, rocket salad, artichoke, pears, raspberries, blueberries, parsley, mango, melon, spinach and apricots because they help removing excess oestrogen from the body- a hormone responsible for the growth of endometrial tissue.
- Oily fish due its omega -3 fatty acids that has an anti-inflammatory effect. Treat yourselves with sardines, wild salmon, wild trout, wild tuna or mackerel.
- Use super-spices such as curcuma and ginger root famous for their anti-inflammatory effect. Do not forget coriander for its favourable effect in the treatment of Candida infection.
- Eat foods such as beans, lentils, soya and chickpeas – natural phytoestrogen that eliminates “old” oestrogen.
- Eat sunflower, sesame, flax and pumpkin seeds, which are rich in zinc and essential fatty acids. These latter are important for soft tissue healing and anti-inflammatory effect.
- Eat fresh pineapple because of its superenzyme bromelain, which has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect.