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Treating Endometriosis with Diet and Lifestyle

a blog by Marc Sklar, November 27, 2013

Treating Endometriosis with Diet and Lifestyle

Foods to Avoid:

  1. Gluten. Research shows that wheat has a direct link to making pain worse in women with endometriosis. We suggest eliminating gluten from your diet for a minimum of 2 months to see if your pain is reduced.
  2. Dairy. Replace your dairy milk with alternatives like coconut, hemp or almond milk.
  3. Commercially raised Red meat (beef)
  4. Soy. Soy foods are highly processed and contain concentrated amounts of isoflavones (phytoestrogens).

Eat more fresh foods like:

  1. Fresh Vegetables and Fruits
  2. Increase your Fiber: Fiber rich foods: Dark leafy greens, Broccoli, Swiss chard, Quinoa, Chia seeds
  3. Essential Fatty Acids: Increase your essential fatty acids. EFA’s, omega 3′s more specifically, reduce inflammation in the body which will help to lessen the pain that endometriosis can cause. Sources of omega 3 are: Flax seeds (ground or oil), cage free organic eggs, wild Alaskan salmon

Decrease your Environmental Toxins
We have learned that exposure to certain environmental toxins may contribute to the development of endometriosis or make it worse. This is due to the fact that toxins can disrupt the endocrine system. Ways to support healthy endocrine function and avoid toxins:

  • Eat organic foods
  • Avoid exposure to pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers
  • Use organic, natural body care products, including makeup and feminine care products
  • Avoid food preservatives and dyes
  • Use low VOC paints
  • Use recycled unbleached paper products
  • Use non-chlorinated oxygen based bleach in the laundry
  • Avoid plastics

Supplements for Endometriosis

  1. Protyoletic Enzyme are one of the best and most effective natural therapies for helping the body to deal with endometriosis. Specific systemic enzymes can help support the body to reduce the inflammation, clean the blood, scar tissue and breakdown the excess tissues left from endometriosis.
    They have a blood cleansing action and it helps tp bring proper circulation to the reproductive system and bringing fresh oxygenated blood to your uterus and ovaries. My favorite one is Neprinol.
  2. DIM :DIM helps to balance the hormones by breaking down excess estrogen and removing it from the body. Endometriosis is an estrogen dominant condition. Cleansing the body of excess estrogen should help the body to reduce the growth of excess endometrial tissues.
  3. Whole Food Prenatal Multivitamin
  4. Pycnogenol: Pycnogenol is a powerful antioxidant that comes from the bark of the pine tree Pinus maritima. It has been shown to help women with endometriosis, improve egg health, and increase sperm health.
  5. Bee propolis: A study published in Fertility and Sterility (2003;80:S32) showed that 60% of women with endometriosis related infertility who took 500mg of bee propolis twice a day for 9 months became pregnant as opposed to 20% in the placebo group. Endometriosis pain, scar tissue and adhesion formation is thought to be triggered by inflammation response.
  6. Maca: Maca is an incredible fertility super food. It helps to balance the hormones, but does not contain any hormones itself. Maca is able to do this through balancing the endocrine system. The best Maca on the market in my opinion is from Natural Health International and is called femmenessence.

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