Endometriosis is one of the most common female reproductive issues treated by London gynaecologists, with around 1 in 10 women suffering from this disease. According to the NHS, endometriosis is a condition where the tissue normally found in the womb lining begins to grow elsewhere, most commonly in the fallopian tubes or ovaries. This long-term condition can cause immense pain to suffers and lead to difficulties getting pregnant or infertility. There are treatments and surgeries available for those who are diagnosed with this illness, but many doctors also recommend adjusting your diet in conjunction with pain management and a healthy, active lifestyle. Read on to find out which foods you should be avoiding if you’re living with endometriosis.
Gluten and dairy
Doctors agree that endo sufferers should avoid gluten and dairy in their diets at all costs, due to the reactive enzymes in the products. When studied, these enzymes made the symptoms of endometriosis worse and caused more pain in the long term. For gluten substitutes, try brown rice, quinoa and cut oats or try the gluten-free ranges at your local supermarket. For dairy, try swapping out cow’s milk for soy, hazelnut or almond milk and cheeses that don’t use lactose, like buffalo mozzarella or goat’s cheese.
Another item to cut out completely is red meat. Researchers have been debating the merits of red meat for decades and while it does contain a lot of protein, it’s also high in saturated fats. If you consider red meat a significant part of your diet, try substituting it with leaner, white meats like turkey, chicken or even pork. If meat isn’t your thing, fish is highly recommended for Endo sufferers because of its high levels of Omega 3 and Essential Fatty Acids. For red meat substitutes, try vegetarian ‘fake’ meats, like Quorn.
Perhaps the most difficult one to follow is cutting out refined sugars, as they’re in so much of our food these days. Refined white and brown sugars can irritate symptoms of endometriosis and are most commonly found in confectionery and processed foods. Doctor-recommended substitutes for traditional sugar include natural sweeteners like agave nectar, honey, dates and even pure maple syrup. These can be used in everything from adding a dash of sweetness to your cup of tea to baking up a storm. These substitutes are also readily available in the supermarkets or in specialist health shops and pharmacies.