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Fibroid Diet – Best and Worst Foods and Drinks for Shrinking Fibroids

Fibroid Diet – Best and Worst Foods and Drinks for Shrinking Fibroids

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.

Risk factors for uterine fibroids

Black women are two to three times more at risk to develop fibroids. Early menarche, overweight or obesity and fewer or no pregnancies can increase the risk for fibroids due to the longer or higher exposure to oestrogen.

Other risk factors for developing uterine fibroids are: Poor estrogen metabolism; exposure to xenoestrogens like plastics and pesticides; vitamin D deficiency; high blood pressure; a diet high in red meat; drinking alcohol regularly; a diet low in green vegetables. 

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
  • miscarriages
  • difficulty getting pregnant
  • cramping
  • urge to urinate
  • frequent urination

Foods and drinks to avoid when you have uterine fibroids

Avoid oestrogen rich foods when suffering from fibroids

Fibroids are hormone dependent and as 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
  • high-fat cheese, cream and butter
  • ice-cream
  • chocolate
  • red meat
  • red wine
  • animal fats
  • all hormonally treated meats from factoring farming

These foods should be eliminated from your diet

  • refined carbohydrates e.g white bread, pasta, white rice, bread, etc.
  • hydrogenated and refined oils like margarine, fried foods. etc.
  • foods containing gluten like wheat, spelt, etc.
  • refined sugar
  • alcohol
  • dairy products
  • foods high in salt
  • fruit juices
  • caffeine
  • high-fat, processed meats
  • artificial sweeteners like aspartame and acesulfame potassium

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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
  • cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
  • beetroots, radish, parsnip
  • cooked glutenfree whole grains like brown rice, millet, amaranth, etc.
  • green leafy vegetables to help the liver to detox  and to eliminate excess oestrogen
  • 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. But instead of white rice you take a mix of brown rice and millet (50/50). You can find more information and the recipe in my article: “Congee – The Healthy Rice Porridge to Boost your Health”

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(PMS): Treating Menstruation Problems with Chinese Medicine

(PMS): Treating Menstruation Problems with Chinese Medicine

Spring has finally arrived and following my last article “Liver cleanse – Detox your liver with the right foods and 6 other ways” where the liver was the central role, we still stay with this organ which is always affected when menstrual imbalances exist resulting in premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Every month, millions of women experience different premenstrual symptoms that can make life difficult for 7-14 days before their period begins. Common signs of premenstrual syndrome include on the psycho-emotional level: mood swings, irritability, aggressiveness, depressions, fears and listlessness. On a physical level: tiredness, headaches, heat waves, sweating, bloating, acne, tender breasts, constipation, diarrhoea and water retention. PMS shows up differently and normally the signs disappear when the period starts. Some have such severe symptoms that they are already afraid of the next cycle.

Reasons can be found in hormonal imbalances like an estrogen excess or a prolactin or serotonin deficiency, as well as problems with the thyroid. Stress, lack of exercise, medications and defective regulation of the vegetative nervous system are causes as well.

Chinese medicine traces premenstrual syndrome symptoms down to a stagnation of liver Qi. The liver stores the blood and regulates the smooth flow of Qi in the body, and is usually the organ involved in menstrual problems. When liver Qi flows smoothly, the menstrual cycle runs also smooth. When the liver Qi becomes stagnant, it can make menstrual flow heavy and blocked and premenstrual symptoms appear. If the Qi stagnation turns to blood stagnation, pain can become more intense and localised.

Chinese Medicine and PMS

Every woman has the chance to improve the condition by following a proper diet, exercising regularly and reducing stress on an emotional level as well as in lifestyle habits. Dietary therapy involves avoiding foods and drinks that stagnate the liver Qi or heat the liver up. All sweets, strong spices such as hot peppers, stimulants like coffee and cola, alcohol and deep-fried foods should be avoided, especially up to 14 days before the period starts. Reduce meat and cow milk products during this period. If a woman suffers from strong emotional disturbances, conversations with a psychologist can support the process.

Acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion and herbal treatments will help to relieve premenstrual syndrome symptoms. The treatment takes at least three months to fully address the hormonal irregularities and subsequently can be prolonged if needed.

The classic Chinese herbal formula for liver qi stagnation is Xiao Yao Wan (Ease Form). It promotes the smooth flow of liver Qi and consequently strengthens the spleen Qi. However, Chinese herbals should only be taken after consulting a therapist for Chinese medicine, to ensure it is the right formula for your situation.

Some western herbs that are addressed for this pattern can vary from chamomile, sage, lavender, shepherd’s purse, lady’s thistle and lady’s mantle.

Acupuncture is a very efficient therapy for premenstrual syndrome. Some powerful acupuncture and acupressure points are, for example:  liver 3, large intestine 4, spleen 4 and 6, pericardium 6, gall bladder 34 and 41,  Yintang, conception vessel 6 and stomach 30. Acupressure Points

Yoga is a gentle and great way to help with PMS. Please see one my recent posts on facebook where you get an idea which yoga poses aid the liver Qi 

PMS can be a huge burden but fortunately there are solutions. Contact me if you want to discuss your case in person.

 

How would it feel to free yourself from your symptoms?  Ready to change and invest time and energy to get to the root of your problem? Then book your session now. I am looking forward to meeting you.