Before we dive into it, let’s start with a discussion of what a Fibroid actually is. By definition, fibroids are growths are made up of muscle and fibrous tissue that can vary in size. Although they are not life-threatening or cancerous or life-threatening, they can still cause complications and other health issues. Research that 1 in 3 women experience signs and symptoms of fibroids which make up about 80% of women who will experience fibroids in their lifetime.
These symptoms can vary and can range from:
- Heavy & Painful periods
- Menstrual periods lasting more than a week
- Abdominal Pain
- Pelvic pressure or pain
- Lower Back and Leg Pain
- Frequent Urination
- Difficulty emptying the bladder
- Pain or Discomfort During Sex
Without seeking proper medical advice or treatment, in addition to the uncomfortable signs and symptoms, fibroids can lead to anemia, difficulty getting pregnant and miscarriages. There are holistic things that can be down to help reverse the effects, size, and risk of fibroids. It is suggested to follow the Mediterranean Diet by adding fresh and cooked green vegetables, fresh fruit, legumes, and fish to your diet while eliminating red meat such as beef, lamb, and ham.
Additionally, reducing the consumption of alcohol is important as a study found that women who drank one or more beers a day increased their risk by more than 50 percent as alcohol raises the level of hormones needed for fibroids to grow. It is also important to be mindful of balancing your estrogen levels. This can be done with not only birth control but Maca root is a great alternative method. In addition, by losing weight if you are overweight and avoiding access to hormones in foods by eating clean and organic products. Women who suffer from severe migraines typically will also suffer from high blood pressure, although there is not sufficient evidence to support the link, physicians believe it is imperative that women suffering from fibroids, should take care of managing their blood pressure and trying to lower their risk. Finally, ensure you are getting the appropriate amount of Vitamin D which can lower your risk for fibroids by 32%. You can take Vitamin D supplements or incorporate foods high in Vitamin D into your diet such as:
- egg yolks
- fortified milk, cheese, and dairy products
- fortified cereals
- fortified orange juice
- fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel
- cod liver oil
So, let’s recap, what things can you do to help lower your risk or symptoms of fibroids:
-Change your diet to the Mediterranean Diet
-Reducing Alcohol Component
-Balance your estrogen levels.
-Add Vitamin D into your Diet