Wheat – many women with Endometriosis are wheat intolerant. Also, it appears that many women with endo suffer from Candida, so wheat should be eliminated from your diet to help combat Candida, as wheat feeds the Candida growth, and wheat appears to aggravate the symptoms of endometriosis.
For more information on my personal experience with following a diet to combat Candida, click here.
Meat – red meat is excluded from the diet for a variety of reasons, the main reason being that red meat will increase the production of the bad prostaglandins in the body that are responsible for the production of pain messengers in the body.
- increases estrogen production, which has been linked to endometriosis
- increases intake of prostaglandins in the body which are partly responsible for muscle cramping, uterine cramping, pain signals and inflammation
- produces an acid which is an inflammatory agent
- (unless organic) full of hormones, antibiotics and unwanted chemicals
Dairy – the use of dairy products, including milk, cheese, and butter are similar to the problems associated with meat.
- pro-inflammatory – again caused by series 2 prostaglandins
- not easy to digest and can interrupt the take up of other nutrients
Some women with Endometriosis have done okay on raw cow’s dairy products, goat’s dairy products or sheep’s dairy products. Experiment with different dairy products and see how your body and your Endometriosis reacts.
Also, some women find that they don’t have any reactions to eggs. Eggs are great source of protein, so try them out and see how you react.
Yogurt – There are different types of yogurt. It is the commercial, sweetened, flavored yogurts, which do need to be excluded. They are not natural; include a lot of sugar, and possibly other additives. The natural ‘live’ yogurts are actually beneficial to your health. These yogurts contain active bacteria which are beneficial to the health of your intestinal flora. These same beneficial bacteria can help you address the negative bacteria overgrowth caused by Candida.
Sugar – highly refined with concentrated carbohydrates which have a negative effect on the symptoms of endometriosis.
- another food that feeds Candida
- foods with a high sugar content will increase menstrual cramping
- suppresses the immune system and causes hormone imbalance
My personal thoughts on sugar are that it’s unrealistic to think we’ll never eat sugar again. But, we need to be eating it on rare occasions only and only eating the very healthiest forms of sugar. For more on what the best sugar options are, please click here.
Coffee and Tea – caffeine, which is found in coffee, tea and fizzy drinks increases levels of estrogen in the body. Drinking more than 2 cups of coffee daily may boost your estrogen levels and could worsen the symptoms.
- increases levels of estradiol, a naturally occurring form of estrogen, during a woman’s menstrual cycle; 70% higher levels over non-coffee drinkers
- aggravates fibrocystic breast disease
- increases the risk of miscarriages and birth defects
- psychological effects include anxiety, panic attacks and depression
- decaf is not better; has been proven to be carcinogenic
Soy – There are two ‘camps’ for the use of soy in food. There is the traditional, oriental use of soy in fermented soy products (such as tempeh, natto, miso and soy sauce). These products are produced naturally and do not contain the same chemicals and toxins of the modern highly processed use of soy (such as tvp, soy protein powder, tofu, etc).
- disrupts endocrine function and has the potential to cause infertility and promote breast cancer
- contains potent anti-thyroid agents that cause hypothyroidism and may cause thyroid cancer
- increases the body’s need for certain vitamins (such as B12, vitamin D, etc)
- contains toxic and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines
- contains MSG
- contains high levels of aluminum which is toxic to the nervous system and kidneys
- weakens the immune system
Oils – processed vegetable oils are bad for you. The only vegetable oils to eat are those which have been produced by being cold-pressed during the processing. Ideally you need to using natural, unrefined cold-pressed oils. They can be found in: safflower oil, walnut oil, flax seed oil, linseed oil, borage oil, star flower oil, extra virgin cold pressed olive oil)