Nutrition for Endometriosis – Top Tips
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month.
Endometriosis is a complex condition involving imbalance of the immune system, hormones and inflammation. There is currently no cure and conventional treatments offer symptom relief in the form of surgery, pain relief, hormonal treatment and, in some cases, a hysterectomy. But can we do anything to help manage endometriosis naturally?
Here, our nutritionist Victoria Smith gives her top tips:
- Eat a diet that will balance your blood sugar levels – reduce your intake of sugary and processed foods
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Reduce inflammation – endometriosis is driven by inflammation, so eat an anti-inflammatory diet bursting with colourful fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, fish, nuts and seeds and keep red meat to a minimum (the Mediterranean diet is a good place to start)
- Reduce your alcohol and caffeine intake
- Avoiding dairy and gluten might be helpful, as in some people they can be inflammatory. One study found that 75% of women had significantly reduced pain after 12 months on a gluten-free diet
- Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins, so a good place to start is getting rid of the plastic in your life
- Keep active
- Make good sleep a priority
- Reduce your stress levels
I hope that this gives you hope that there is plenty that can be done to help manage this complex condition. Even making a few small changes on a daily basis may help reduce the severity of your symptoms. Why not pick one or two of my tips and give it a go?
About our Nutritionist
Victoria Smith is a registered Nutritional Therapist. She trained at the renowned Institute for Optimum Nutrition and completed further postgraduate training in preconception, pregnancy and postpartum health. Most of her work is now focused on fertility nutrition. She has a special interest in endometriosis, PCOS, multiple miscarriage and IVF pregnancy preparation.
Victoria is in a unique position to understand her IVF clients’ position, having been through two successful rounds herself. For these, nutrition remained at the heart of the process and helped to transform her own fertility journey. Passionate about helping both women and men in similar situations, she creates personalised combinations of nutrition science and motivational coaching to empower clients with very practical means to increase their chances of pregnancy success.