If you have been diagnosed with fibroids, I know that you’re already aware of what you should be avoiding (dairy, red meat, all the white starchy stuff). You probably know that the birth control pill can only manage your symptoms and might make them worse when you come off of it. You want to get a handle on the pain, discomfort, and heavy bleeding long-term and you want to see some positive change soon. Maybe you also want to try for a baby or you’re just looking to get your old self back again. And here to help you reach those goals? A diet for fibroids.
If you already know what to avoid as a fibroid sufferer, then you’re already tapped into the idea of food as potential medicine. Some foods make hormonally-sourced conditions worse, and some make them better. Food can alleviate symptoms and even shrink fibroids back to a manageable size.
The foods and supplements I include in this diet for fibroids are based on my knowledge and understanding of the root cause of uterine fibroids. According to Western medicine, no one knows for sure what causes fibroids, and you may have heard this from your doctor. However, we do know this one very important fact: they are affected by excess estrogen in the body, which makes them grow. This means they will often decrease in size after menopause (when overall body estrogen is lower).
So, you need an approach to your diet which allows you to process and eliminate this excess estrogen as efficiently and rapidly as possible. You need to create a low estrogen environment in your body. This is why you may have heard that women with fibroids should specifically avoid certain products from animals treated with synthetic hormones—these are unnecessary and powerful estrogens that can create estrogen dominance and make fibroids grow.
If you think of dairy, red meat, and all the white stuff as stimulating and inflaming the fibroids, then the foods and supplements I’ll list here do the opposite: they will calm your internal eco-system and create the right environment for your body to balance itself.
The 5 foods you should eat if you have fibroids
1. Flax seeds
Flax seeds are part of a food group called “selective estrogen receptor modulators.” This means they impact the effect estrogen has on different parts of the body. Flax seeds inhibit estrogen sensitivity in the uterus, which is beneficial when you have fibroids. They are also a fantastic source of fiber which you need to move excess estrogen out of your bowel as quickly as possible to eliminate it from your body. Finally, flax seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids (which reduce the insulin resistance that can suppress liver function) and lignans (which bind to estrogen receptors and prevent absorption of excess estrogen).
For those of you familiar with my work, I’m not a big fan of soy for women in their reproductive years. But in the case of fibroids, certain forms of soy can be beneficial. Specifically seek out non-processed, organic soy in the form of tempeh and miso to add to your diet. This kind of soy has an anti-estrogenic affect on the uterus. Avoid all processed soy like soy cheese, soy meat, and other meat and dairy replacements. Moderation is key here and I wouldn’t recommend having soy every day, but unprocessed and organic soy is a useful dietary tool for managing fibroids.
Legumes are an excellent source of fiber and protein, plus they have a low glycemic impact which reduces the kind inflammation that can increase fibroid growth. Focus on kidney beans, lentils, and mung beans. As many fibroid sufferers know to reduce their intake of meat, beans and legumes can be a healthy protein replacement.
4. Whole grains
If you know to stay away from the white processed stuff like bread, pasta, and noodles, then you’ll sure be looking for a way to replace these in your diet. Whole grains help with insulin stabilization. High insulin levels from white starchy stuff (which acts like sugar in the body) are a factor in making fibroids grow. Whole grains are also a great source of fiber and will help to speed up the process and elimination of excess estrogen.
5. Pears and apples
These are liver-supporting foods. A well-functioning liver is key to preventing estrogen dominance from developing in your body, and its symptoms like fibroids. Pears and apples contain a flavonoid named phloretin which impairs tumor growth, along with lots of fiber. This flavonoid actual blocks the production of estrogen.
The best supplements for fibroids
In addition to dietary tweaks, we’ve created a supplement kit specifically for fibroids. You don’t have to keep suffering through super-heavy periods or excessive pain. The FLO Living RELEASE Kit offers targeted nutrients that help support healthy estrogen and metabolism for easier, healthier periods.
Learn more about the supplements in the RELEASE kit and why we carefully selected each nutrient to help support healthy estrogen metabolism for easier, healthier periods and a more manageable flow.
Always remember, that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that finally start to work for you! You can do this—the science of your body is on your side!
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