Abdominal pain, heavy, painful periods and fatigue are all common symptoms of uterine fibroids which are the most common neoplasms affecting women. Also called leiomyomas, ufibroids occur in 70 percent of premenopausal women. While conventioa treatment involves hormonal burth control, surgery and medications, the root of the issue can be addressed using lifestyle and holistic strategies.
Estrogen’s Role in Fibroids
One of the.factors at play when it comes to the managment of fibroids includes the role of estrogen. Since fibroids are rare in prepuberty and subside after menopause, it appears that estrogen metabolism can affect fibroid growth. Women should consider increasing fiber, adequate water intake and diets high in fruits and vegetables to help decrease excess estrogen whihc can promote growth.
Uterine fibroids natural treatment methods
Diet and nutrition seem to be a big factor in managine fibroids. More and more we are understanding the role of the estrobolome which helps to detoxify excess estrogen. The following foods can help promote the gut microbiome and in turn decrease estrogen circulation. These foods can help:
- Fermented foods, rich in probiotics, are an excellent choice such as Kimchi, sauerkraut and plant-based yogurt
- Fiber rich foods such as non starchy vegetables
- Dark, leafy greens like spinach, kale, arugula, collards and baby greens for liver detox
- Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts
- Flaxseeds which are high in llignans
- Anti-inflammatory herbs and spices like parsley, cilantro
Sleep can help to manage cortiol levels which is a major stress hormone. Studies have examined the relationship between stress and uterine fibroids which suggest that the activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the consequent release of cortisol can be a factor in fluctuating estrogen levels. In general, seven to eight hours of sleep a night is recommended, but it appears women amy need the higher end of that.
Manage Environmental Risk Factors
Man-made estrogens, or endocrine disruptors , found in many common health, cleaning, and beauty products can contribute to estrogen dominance. To minimize environmental risk factors, substituting items like non-stick cookware and conventional cosmetics with clean alternatives is a great starting point.
A holistic approach to fibroid treatment minght sound overwhelming but it doesn’t need to be. With our naturopathic doctors, you’ll co-create a personalized, sustainable treatment plan that meets you where you are. We can help you put together diet, lifetyle and nutraceutical recommendations that can help.