Fibroids: What are they and how are they detected?
Uterine fibroids, also called myomas, are benign tumours which mostly appear on the inner and outer wall of the uterus in the pelvic cavity. These tumours can be as small as a sunflower seed and can grow bigger than a sweet melon. Some women have just one fibroid, whereas others have multiple at a time. These bulky masses can even enlarge the size of the uterus if left untreated.
Symptoms of fibroids
Some women don’t show symptoms at all, only to discover the fibroids during a pelvic exam or prenatal ultrasound at the doctor. Depending on the size and location of the fibroids, they can cause symptoms such as:
- pain in the pelvis or lower back
- pressure or fullness in lower abdomen
- bleeding between periods
- pain during sexual intercourse
- heavy menstrual bleeding with clots
- spotting or bleeding between periods
- prolonged menstruation
- difficulty getting pregnant
- urge to urinate
- frequent urination
Foods and drinks to avoid when you have uterine fibroids
Avoid oestrogen rich foods when suffering from fibroids
As the hormone oestrogen stimulates development of the uterine lining, too much of it can promote the growth of fibroids. Therefore avoid foods that have high levels of oestrogen, such as:
- soy milk
- soy beans
- tofu and tempeh
- flax seeds
- sesame seeds
- peaches and strawberries
- walnuts, peanuts, almonds and pistachios
- dried fruits
- rye bread
- red meat
- animal fats
- all hormonally treated meats from factoring farming
Following an anti-oestrogen diet helps to regulate levels of oestrogen in your body and supports the process of treating fibroids.
These foods should be eliminated from your diet
- refined carbohydrate e.g white bread, etc.
- hydrogenated and refined oils like margarine, fried foods. etc.
- white sugar
- dairy products
- highly salted foods
- fruit juices
- processed meats
- artificial sweeteners like aspartame and acesulfame potassium
Foods and drinks that shrink fibroids
The best organic foods to eat when suffering from fibroids are:
- fish, oysters, mussels and clams
- modest consumption of eggs
- consume several times a week lemons and limes
- vegetarian foods rich in iron like spinach, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, broccoli, apricots, amaranth
- cooked whole grains
- green leafy vegetables to help the liver detox
- legumes such as black beans and lentils
- beta-carotene rich foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, leafy greens and butternut squash
- fresh culinary herbs like basil, chives, parsley, etc.
- herbal teas with liver relieving properties like milk thistle, artichoke and dandelion
- herbs like bladder wrack and Irish moss
- essential fatty acids like olive oil, pumpkin seed oil, etc.
Another very efficient way to support the treatment of fibroids, and improve common symptoms which go with it like weight-gain, digestion problems, cysts and menstruation problems , is to regularly consume congee, a rice porridge. You can find more information and the recipe in my article: “Congee – The Healthy Rice Porridge to Boost your Health”
Treating fibroids naturally
Eating the right diet can support you in the fight against fibroids, and help lessen the symptoms. If there is no damage or danger of the size and location of the fibroids, they can be treated in my practice. I work with an emphasis on non-surgical treatment using acupuncture and Chinese herbs accompanied by an individual recommended diet. Get in touch with me for a 15 min free online consultation to see if I can help you.