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Diet for Fibroids

What would be a recommended diet for fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumours growth that can be found in the uterus. Fortunately, they do not spread to other parts of the body. Unfortunately, as they get large, they can cause annoying and sometimes serious symptoms such as pain in the abdomen, digestive problems, bloating and even heavy bleeding.

Fibroids are also a common cause of infertility in women during their reproductive years. Although there are many prescription drugs and surgical methods to deal with this problem, choosing the correct foods to eat and to avoid can be a significant help.

Many experts are beginning to realize that what you eat does matter and this can go a long way to keep the fibroids from getting larger.

Below are some of the best recommendations in diet for fibroids sufferers.

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Avoid Unhealthy Foods

Foods high in saturate fats, meats, sugar, alcohol, salt and dairy products are suspected to worsen fibroid problems. Why? These products are processed and removed by your liver.

By overworking your liver, it has less capacity to break down excessive estrogens. A higher level of estrogens in your body is known to cause the fibroid tumors to grow.

Phytoestrogens and Uterine Fibroids

Some experts are recognizing that certain foods that contain "natural estrogens" (called phytoestrogens) can help to balance out the excessive estrogens that are naturally produced by the ovaries. Women suffering from fibroids cannot afford to have excessive estrogens levels.

Include foods such as:
  • whole grains
  • soy milk
  • fish
  • nuts
  • flax seeds
  • fruits and vegetables
Avoid foods such as:
  • refined sugar products and sweats
  • processed meats, canned or preserved foods

Other Nutrition, Vitamins and Minerals

If there is excessive bleeding from fibroids, foods rich in iron should be eaten to avoid the risk of developing anemia. Such foods would include:
  • nuts and seeds
  • kale and spinach
  • molasses
Also vitamin-rich foods are also recommended by experts for women suffering from uterine fibroids. These include:

Vitamin C - leafy vegetables and citrus fruits
Vitamin E - seeds, nuts and vegetable oils
Vitamin A - Fortified dairy products and egg yolk

A healthy body weight - How important is it?

Surprisingly, a study showed that women with a body mass index higher than 30 were 23 percent more likely to get uterine fibroids.

This means that following a healthy diet plan and bringing your weight down can help with your fight against the fibroids.

Stress Management

Certain foods tend to promote stress. For example, excessive intake of sugary foods, caffeine and alcohol puts your body under tremendous stress. That is the last thing you'll need when trying to cope with uterine fibroids and all their symptoms.

The article Stress Management Tips is an excellent resource for those looking to reduce stress naturally.

Final Thoughts

Following a diet for fibroids does make a difference in many women. But you don't have to make all the changes overnight.

Make small changes in the foods you eat or eliminate one at a time. This will ensure that you are more likely to stick with the plan over the long run.

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Created: November 17, 2010

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