For women suffering from endometriosis, they simply want to feel better.  Bloating, painful cramps and stomach pain are all painful side effects of the disease.  Like many conditions, diet and nutrition plays a critical role in managing symptoms and even improving them.  By avoiding certain foods and substances you can make a difference in your endometriosis.   

Here are some guidelines for your diet:

Increase your healthy fats (omega 3):

Omega-3 fats are considered healthy fats that cause anti-inflammation.  Since inflammation is a common symptom of endometriosis, eating foods high in omega-3 including salmon, avocado, walnuts and brussels sprouts.  It may be beneficial to take a fish oil supplement.  

Avoid Red Meat:

While foods with omega-3’s reduce inflammation, red meats can increase inflammation which is a common symptom of endometriosis.  Instead choose lean proteins such as chicken, turkey and fish. 

Add Leafy Greens:
You can never go wrong with adding more green vegetables to your diet.  Veggies are filled with nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber.  They are also filled with antioxidants which help lower inflammation.    

Avoid Soy:

Soy products can cause estrogen growth, which can cause the uterus to thicken and trigger endometriosis growth.   For vegetarians, look to plant based proteins as an alternative source of proteins. 

If you have any questions, talk to your doctor about what’s best for your body and additional nutrition recommendations.