A fibroid diet is one which is tailored to meet the specific needs of women who have symptoms caused by their fibroids. We all know the importance of healthy eating and this is particularly significant for women with this condition. There are also guidelines for items which should be both included and excluded for a fibroid diet.
The reason why fibroids are so difficult to treat is because of their very nature. Fibroids are not caused by an infection or disease, both of which can be relatively easily treated by medication, but are thought to be caused by lifestyle. Having said this, doctors still do not unanimously agree on the exact causes but there is general agreement on the following points:-
* Fibroids are affected by estrogen levels and grow more when there is an abundance of this hormone
* Fibroids are much more common in Afro Caribbean women
* Women in their mid-thirties onwards are more likely to suffer from fibroids
* Fibroids are more common in overweight women
* There is a genetic connection-fibroids tend to run in families
* There is a definite sensitivity to environmental chemicals and fibroids have been known to grow in response to certain toxins which mimic the effect of estrogen
* Fibroids seem to be more common in women who have a tendency to inflammatory condition
When conventional treatments for fibroids are used, such as removal of the individual fibroids or reducing their size by surgically blocking the blood vessels, the fibroids are very likely to return. When you consider the factors which we do know about fibroids, it is easy to understand why this is. These standard treatments take no account of what may have caused the fibroids and so they will simply grow back.
A fibroid diet looks at the general causes of fibroids and takes these factors into account.
One of the most important aspects of a fibroid diet is to look at ways of naturally reducing estrogen levels. A simple way of doing this is to ensure that a healthy weight is maintained as fat cells are known to be one of the ways that the body produces estrogen. Another way to reduce estrogen is to undergo a liver detox. This works by getting rid of environmental chemicals which are stored in the liver and some of which can mimic the action of estrogen. Eating a generally healthy diet which is low in fat and which concentrates in organic foods which are produced without hormones, pesticides, chemicals or additives is also known to be beneficial. In addition, you should avoid artificial sweeteners, caffeine and processed foods.
In addition to eating a diet which helps with fibroids, certain herbs and foodstuffs are thought to both ease the symptom and help to shrink fibroids. These include motherwort, cleavers ,eaves, prickly ash bark, ginger root and red raspberry leaf.