Tips on Tackling Endometriosis

Tips To balance oestrogen levels:

Increase intake of fibre especially whole grains, pulses, brown rice, flax seeds, fruits and vegetables.

Eat bitter foods such as chicory and radicchio and vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and turnips to improve oestrogen clearance via the bowel.

Reduce saturated fat intake and cut down on meat, poultry and dairy produce.

Avoid foods containing sugar, chocolate, caffeine and alcohol (see our info sheet on sugars).

Tips To help reduce inflammation:

Eat fruits rich in vitamin C and bioflavonoids, especially the pulp and inner peel of citrus fruits, grape skins and berries.

Take a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement containing vitamins B-complex, C and E, zinc, magnesium and selenium.

Take a daily supplement of omega-3 essential fatty acids and evening primrose oil.

Avoid partially hydrogenated vegetable oils including margarine.

Other tips:

Take regular moderate exercise, especially first thing in the morning but avoid strenuous activity during your period; Make sure you take plenty of rest when you need to

Acupuncture can help reduce pain and regulate the menstrual cycle; Chinese or Western Herbal Medicine can be useful for pain relief and hormone balance; Use painkillers that do not contain codeine but try to cut down on using analgesic drugs altogether; Relax in an Epsom-salt bath to relax the muscles deeply and release emotions and stress.  Dissolve 1-2 cups of Epsom salts in hot water and immerse yourself for 20 minutes or so.  When you are dry, lie down quietly for another 20 minutes.