It is important to eat certified organic foods as much as possible, due to the estrogenic effects of pesticides, herbicides, and hormone-laden meats.
Since diet affects hormone balance, it's wise to give your body good general support with wholesome, freshly prepared meals. Base your diet around whole grains, vegetables, fruits, fish, beans, and soy products. To limit your exposure to pesticides, buy organic food wherever possible, and always wash your produce thoroughly.
Soy products and flax seeds are good sources of phytoestrogens, substances that regulate the body's estrogen production.
Vitamin K will encourage proper blood clotting and may reduce an excessive flow of menstrual blood. Green vegetables are high in this nutrient.
Include sea vegetables like kelp (Ascophyllum nodosum) in your diet. These foods are high in iodine, a mineral that's necessary for a healthy thyroid.
If you have heavy or prolonged periods, you need extra iron to ward off anemia. Take a spoonful of unsulfured blackstrap molasses every day.
For additional EFAs, add 2 tablespoons of flax seeds to your daily protocol, along with 10 ounces of water. Flax seeds have been shown to help balance estrogen levels.
Eat fruits and vegetables such as apples, cherries, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. They contain the phyto-chemical indole-3-carbinol, which supports the liver's detoxification of estrogen.Regularly consume beets, carrots, artichokes, dandelion greens, onions, and garlic, as these foods stimulate liver detoxification.
Eat organic cultured yogurt to increase levels of friendly flora in the large intestine.
Once a day, have a green drink to support detoxification.
Drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours. Water will help flush impurities from your body and reduce pain.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid red meat and dairy products, all of which contain high levels of dioxins, which act as environmental estrogens.
To keep pain under control, stay away from inflammatory substances like sugar, caffeine, and alcohol.
Don't eat anything that depresses your immune system. Processed foods, fried food, refined sugar, and alcohol all limit your body's ability to fight your disorder.
Many fibroid sufferers have found that regular fasting results in significant relief of pain. Plan a three-day juice fast every three months; be sure to drink a wide variety of vegetable juices and green drinks during the three-day period.