FOOD FOR THOUGHT
HOW DIET MAY HELP
Whether you have uterine fibroids or not, what you eat has a big impact on your overall health. Though this list is not all-inclusive, it will give you an idea of the effect foods can have:
- Of course, you should always try to eat a balanced diet—maintaining a healthy weight will help improve your overall health.
- Eating plenty of fiber can help keep you regular, so you do not have to strain during bowel movements (which can cause additional pain)
- A recent study of more than 22,000 African American women showed that women who consumed milk, cheese, ice cream, or other dairy products at least once a day were less likely to develop fibroids than were women who consumed dairy less frequently.1
- Studies have shown that compounds from green tea may inhibit the growth of fibroid cells.1
- Research suggests that some women try to reduce or prevent fibroids by avoiding processed foods such as:2
- commercial meat
- egg products, which may contain hormones that spur fibroid growth
At the end of the day, there is no one “right way”, so women will need to experiment to and listen to their bodies to determine what diet works best for them. You also might want to get input from your doctor.
PUTTING U FIRST
EXERCISE & WELLNESS
This area goes hand in hand with diet and living a healthy lifestyle. Again, what works for some women may not work for you, but by experimenting, you’ll see what fits your life best.
- Yoga is hotter than ever, and some women find yoga or meditation can help ease the discomfort associated with fibroids.
- Apply a hot water bottle or heating pad on your lower stomach to get blood flowing and relax your muscles. (It’s also a good time to grab your favorite book and a warm bath)
- Lie down and rest, but keep the pressure off your back: place a pillow under your knees or if you lie on your side, pull your knees up toward your chest.
- Other techniques to relax and help relieve pain may include muscle relaxation, deep breathing and visualization.
- NIH.GOV. Uterine Fibroids. Accessed July 2017 (https://report.nih.gov/nihfactsheets/viewfactsheet.aspx?csid=50)
- National Women’s Health Network. Uterine Fibroids. Accessed July 2017 (https://www.nwhn.org/uterine-fibroids/)