Feb 2021

5 Foods To Avoid With Endometriosis

  • By: Samantha Denäe

When you’ve been diagnosed with Endometriosis, your entire life changes, but the biggest lifestyle changes to be made is diet. The foods we eat contribute tremendously to our well-being and with Endometriosis it seems like just about anything can cause a flare up. Outside of flare ups, the pain we experience during our period can be affected upon what we eat. Below are five things we should absolutely stay away from as Endometriosis patients. 

  • Caffeine: Let’s face it, we all love a good coffee, but if you’re living with Endometriosis then it’s not in your best interest to consume it. Outside of caffeine causing inflammation, caffeine may also increase estrogen levels and may cause pain, abdominal cramping, ulcers, or irritation to the stomach lining due to caffeine being acidic. 
  • Dairy: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, dairy is not our friend. The number of hormones found in dairy products as well as being a contributing factor to leaky gut, it really doesn’t mean us well. Due to having Endometriosis, we typically produce or have too much estrogen to begin with, so keeping dairy in our diet really isn’t conducive to a healthier journey. Additionally, dairy can cause inflammation, which adds more fuel to the already inflamed areas Endo is affecting for you. 
  • Sugar: It’s tough to resist the temptation of sugar especially when it’s that time of the month, but sugar can cause so many issues with Endometriosis. Sugar not only increases fat and oestrogen production, but it can also trigger the pancreas to produce insulin. Additionally, sugar hinders the production of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins, which encourages the inflammatory nature of Endo, and that in turns causes more flare ups for us.
  • Alcohol: Much like sugar, alcohol also increases insulin levels and can definitely cause inflammation in the body. Alcohol can also raise your estrogen levels and weaken your digestive system by unbalancing the good bacteria needed within the gut. Keeping the gut healthy, is one of the keys to a manageable life with Endometriosis. If you can, just say no.
  • Red Meat: Medical evidence suggests that consuming red meat can increase estrogen levels which will contribute to the growth of Endometriosis being that the disease is estrogen dominant. 

Although making changes can be hard to do and maintain, do yourself a favor and take these items out of your diet today. I promise your body will feel a lot lighter and will thank you for it.  

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