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Use fiber-rich, vegetable-based diet for fibroid treatment

Saturday, February 18, 2012 by: Sarka-Jonae Miller
Tags: fibroids, fiber, diet

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(NaturalNews) Up to 77 percent of women have fibroids, according to "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibroids." Many women have them and never know, but they can cause symptoms that significantly lower your quality of life. Eating the right foods helps to shrink fibroids by lowering estrogen levels naturally.

Fibroids

Fibroids are small, noncancerous growths on the uterus. In some cases, they can cause pain, excessive bleeding and even infertility. A surgical procedure to remove the uterus called a hysterectomy is a guaranteed way to get rid of fibroids. Although the cause of fibroids is unknown, fibroid growth is linked to estrogen, according to Medline Plus. Drugs can block or suppress estrogen in order to treat fibroids. Gonadotropin releasing hormone medication can shrink fibroids by 30 to 90 percent by causing the ovaries to stop making estrogen, according to "The New York Times." Fibroids often shrink when women go through menopause, which is a time when they make less estrogen. Eating foods that reduce estrogen levels may therefore also shrink fibroids.

Fiber

The most important thing you can do to combat fibroids with your diet is to eat a high-fiber diet of vegetable-based foods. Aim for at least 20 to 30 grams of fiber daily, according to the authors of "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause." Apples, whole grains, oatmeal, nuts and seeds are all good sources of fiber. Eating a high-fiber diet helps significantly decrease your circulating estrogen levels. Too much estrogen causes your uterus to grow excessively, which sometimes causes fibroids. Less estrogen because of diet may cause your fibroids to shrink as your estrogen levels lower, just as fibroids shrink during menopause or when taking estrogen-lowering medications.

Phytoestrogens

Eating a vegetable-based diet is important because plant foods contain substances called phytoestrogens, or plant estrogens. These substances bind themselves to the same cell receptors as estrogen. This blocks estrogen's ability to affect your cells. Without the excess estrogen causing your uterus to grow, it can shrink along with your fibroids. Foods with high amounts of phytoestrogens include soy products, nuts, seeds and ground flaxseeds. Dr. Michael T. Murray, author of more than 30 books and a member of the Board of Regents of Bastyr University in Washington, recommends eating one to two tablespoons of ground flaxseeds every day.

Foods to avoid

Avoiding certain foods may also help lower estrogen levels. Dr. Murray suggests avoiding sugar, caffeine and saturated fat. The authors of "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause" also suggest that women with fibroids cut back on coffee, dairy products and non-organic meats to avoid contact with hormone drugs and pesticides.

Sources for this article include:

Fibroid101.com: Get Rid of Your Uterine Fibroid
http://www.fibroid101.com/hanley.htm

DoctorMurray.com: Uterine Fibroids
http://www.doctormurray.com/health-conditions/uterine-fibroids/

PowerSurge: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibroids
http://www.power-surge.com/educate/fibroids_broder.htm

"Fibroids: The Complete Guide to Taking Charge of Your Physical, Emotional and Sexual Well-Being" by Johanna Skilling and Eileen Hoffman; 2006

The New York Times Health Guide: Uterine Fibroids
http://www.power-surge.com/educate/fibroids_broder.htm

Medline Plus: Uterine Fibroids
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000914.htm

Medline Plus: Menopause
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000894.htm

"What Your Doctors May Not Tell You About Premenopause;" John R. Lee, Jesse Hanley and Virginia Hopkins; Hachette Digital, Inc; 1999


About the author:
Sarka-Jonae Miller is a former personal trainer and massage therapist. She has a journalism degree from Syracuse University. Sarka-Jonae currently writes romantic comedy novels and romantic erotica under the same SJ Miller.
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