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Can Your Diet Cause Endometriosis?
Published: 5/25/2013

Endometriosis, a condition where tissue resembling the lining of the uterus is found in the abdomen, is marked by severe pain, most often in the form of menstrual cramps. Its exact cause is not yet known, but it does have a strong inflammatory component and, like the lining in the uterus, is influenced by estrogen. A number of dietary measures can help relieve symptoms by reducing inflammation and addressing the activity of estrogen in your system. Start managing endometriosis nutritionally with an anti-inflammatory diet and try the following dietary changes:

  1. Eliminate dairy foods (allow at least three weeks to observe any improvements).
  2. Eat only hormone-free meat to avoid any additional estrogen exposure.
  3. Emphasize whole soy foods in your diet. Tofu, tempeh and soymilk are rich in plant estrogens and seem to modulate the actions of other forms of estrogen.
  4. Limit alcohol intake, which may influence estrogen production.
  5. Choose organic foods whenever possible.
  6. Drink a cup or two of red raspberry leaf tea daily to help relieve cramps.
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