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Fibroids Diet

So You’ve Fibroids? Here’s What You Should Eat & Avoid

Fibroids have been found to increase the risk of infertility and pregnancy complications. In this post, I share three fibroids diet tips on what to eat and avoid to minimise symptoms and prevent your fibroids from worsening.

Fibroids are benign tumours that are found on the muscle walls of a female’s uterus. They are the most common pelvic tumours found in women of reproductive age. Whilst the cause of these tumours are not entirely understood, it’s believed that they may be caused by oestrogen stimulation. However, the risk increases with age.

Whilst some women that have fibroids can be asymptomatic, symptoms of fibroids include:

  • Heavy, prolonged and painful menstrual bleeding – this can further lead to anaemia,
  • Pelvic pain and pressure,
  • Back pain,
  • Frequent urination,
  • Constipation,
  • Bloating, and
  • Infertility.

If you suspect or have been diagnosed with fibroids, it’s best to discuss with your medical doctors the best treatment options. 

How Can Fibroids Affect Fertility And Pregnancy?

Fibroids have been found to increase the risk of infertility and pregnancy complications, this includes:

  • Impaired in uterus function, possibly due to poor blood supply and increased contractility,
  • Local hormonal changes,
  • Changes to regular uterus anatomy,
  • Placental abruption, and
  • Increased cesarean section rates

Top Fibroids Diet Tips To Manage The Symptoms

Here are three top fibroids diet tips on what to eat and avoid to minimise symptoms and prevent your fibroids from worsening.

1. Increase Consumption Of Fruits And Green Vegetables

 
 
 
 
 
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Low intake of fruits and vegetables have been associated with an increased risk of fibroids. Furthermore, research has found that consuming 4+ serves of fruit and vegetables a day significantly decreases the risk of fibroids, unlike those who consume less than one serving a day.

These foods, particularly cruciferous (green) vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, and kale, are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, fibre and other essential vitamins and minerals, which can help to prevent estrogen-driven tumours.

2. Check Your Vitamin D Level

 
 
 
 
 
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Vitamin D deficiency has been found to increase the risk of fibroids, so get your vitamin D levels checked. 

If you’ve vitamin D deficiency, you may need to start taking a vitamin D supplement, as 90% of your intake is from sunlight exposure to the skin. Vitamin D supplement may prevent fibroid growth as it helps regulate a range of biological processes, which ultimately helps to improve symptoms related to fibroids. 

Only a few foods contain vitamin D naturally, such as oily fish (i.e. salmon, herring, tuna and sardines), eggs and mushrooms. However, some, such as milk, orange juice and breakfast cereals, are fortified with vitamin D. 

3. Avoid Intake Of Foods High In Pollutants

Pollutants are commonly found in fresh produce and farmed fish. Eating foods high in these increases the risk of fibroids

The best way to avoid consumption of these pollutants is to switch to organic foods if possible, as this can help to reduce the level of estrogen in your diet. Fruits and vegetables are often treated with sprays containing xenoestrogens to stimulate growth. 

Other steps you can take to reduce pollutants include:

  • Eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids but low in mercury, such as salmon, sardines and herrings.
  • Opting for fresh or frozen foods over canned foods.
  • Using stainless steel or glass water bottles and containers.
 
 
 
 
 
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