Lifestyle & Diet That Causes Fibroids (5min Read)
Fibroids develop due to an excess of oestrogen in the body. This may be caused by eating foods that contain xeno-oestrogens (environmental oestrogens) which the body does not recognise and is difficult for the body to deal with.
Some foods that have been highly processed, such as packet foods, canned foods and fast foods can cause imbalances in the body. Put it this way, if you flip the package around to read the ingredients, they should be quite simple to understand and shouldn’t seem like a concoction of some chemistry experiment.
So what’s the deal with sugar and why is it so problematic for fibroids? Well sugar feeds tumours and cysts, causing an inflammatory state in the body. This basically means our cells are not able to function properly and do their jobs. Excess refined sugar acts as a lifeline for benign or cancerous tumours in the body, adding to the pain and discomfort that often comes with fibroids. Eating foods high in simple carbs, such as white / refined bread which also fall under ‘sugar’ can also lead to bloating and constipation as it is devoid of dietary fibre.
Mineral and vitamin deficiency can hinder recovery from fibroids as the body has fewer resources to fight and overcome these growths.
Eating foods such as shrimp, prawns and crayfish can also add to the accumulation of toxins in the uterus. This is because these types of fish fulfil their role in the eco system as filters or bottom-feeders and are therefore seen as ‘cleaners’ of the sea. By consuming them, we inadvertently store the rubbish they’ve been collecting.
Another factor is chronic stress which strains the body, weakening the immune system and stopping the body from fighting outside pathogens that try to make a home inside the womb.
Perms, relaxers, deodorants, hairspray and unnatural skincare products have a major impact on our health. Continual use of chemical products on our hair and skin tends to leach into the bloodstream and creating a toxic environment.
And finally, movement is king (or queen). Move, move, and move some more! Uterine congestion can happen due to coldness and damp in the body. I know how most of lay claim to ‘not having enough time’, but even something as simple as 10 squats every morning, or getting up every 20 minutes from your work desk to walk around, makes a huge difference. Simple steps go a long way to achieving great results such as having a baby, losing weight or having more self-confidence. I’m rooting for you to achieve beyond what you thought was possible for your health. Until next time, stay healthy!
- Excess oestrogen and unhealthy eating is linked to fibroids.
- Refined sugars feed tumours and cysts, acting as a lifeline and causing an inflammatory state in the body.
- Perms, relaxers, deodorants, hairsprays and other chemical products leach into the bloodstream, wreaking havoc and causing hormone imbalance.
- Chronic stress strains the body, weakening the immune system and stopping the body from fighting outside toxins that try to make a home inside the womb.
- Movement goes a long way to increasing circulation in the uterus and provide relief from pain.
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