HEALTH TIPS: How To Beat Fibroid
How To Beat Fibroid: Strangely, there is a statistical claim that 3 out of every 4 women have fibroid, though most of those who have it may not know they have it.
For those who are aware they have fibroid, fibroids are non-cancerous tumors mostly found in ladies of childbearing age. Fibroids are made up of muscle cells and tissues that grow in and around the uterus.
Though fibroids are benign tumors, few of these tumors can be cancerous and require immediate treatment owing to their quick growth & early spread.
The most prevalent symptoms of fibroids, mostly found in the uterus, include:
Heavy menstrual bleeding
Prolonged menstrual periods — seven days or more of menstrual bleeding
Pelvic or abdominal pressure or pain
Difficulty emptying your bladder
Backache or leg pains
In many cases, Fibroid does not affect conception and pregnancy. However, it’s possible that fibroids result in infertility or pregnancy loss as implantation and embryo growth are affected. In such cases, doctors often recommend removing these fibroids before attempting pregnancy or if you’ve had multiple miscarriages.
CAUSES OF FIBROID
Most women of reproductive age, 3 out of 4, have fibroid. Does that mean once you hit reproductive age you are doomed to have fibroid? I dont think so.
Other than being a woman of reproductive age, there are few known predisposing factors that can cause the initiation and / or growth of fibroid.
It is commonly believed by science that if your mother or sister had fibroids, you’re likely to have fibroid sometime at your reproductive age. I have read similar conclusions on cancer. That you’re likely to have cancer if your parents had cancer. Such conclusions by science almost sound like generational curses. Such conclusions are too fatalistic.
My “conclusion” of the conclusion of the science of heredity is that it is less to do with the genes of your mother, but more to do with the diet & lifestyle of your mother. You have fibroid, just like your mother had it, because, in your family, what mother used to eat is the same thing you adopted to eat.
The Hormone Factor
Estrogen and progesterone, two hormones that stimulate development of the uterine lining during every menstrual cycle in preparation for pregnancy, seem to promote the growth of fibroids. Fibroids contain more estrogen and progesterone receptors than normal uterine muscle cells do. Fibroids tend to shrink after menopause due to a decrease in estrogen & progesterone production.
PREDISPOSING RISK FACTORS. Foods that promote Fibroid
Most diseases start from the stomach. By now, you already know this is part of the core belief of this page.
Certain foods and additives may speed up the growth of fibroids. Limiting these foods doesn’t rid your body of the fibroids but could reduce or stagnate the growth of fibroid.
Sugar promotes higher insulin levels, which can lead to lower sex-hormone-binding globulin, which helps your body by binding excess estrogen and deactivating it. The increased estrogen feeds your fibroid tumor and can lead to more severe bleeding, pain, fatigue and other symptoms.
Meat and Poultry
Many animals raised for food are given steroids to promote their muscle growth for meat. These steroids leave metabolites available to humans who consume the animal’s flesh. The metabolites, or byproducts of steroids, can be stored in the animals’ body fat. Ingesting the metabolites can lead to higher estrogen activity in your body, causing fibroids to grow. If you must eat animal products, choose, in moderation, organically fed and grown without hormones.
Milk, Yogurt and Cheese
Dairy products, such as cow milk, yogurt and cheese, promote fibroid growth. They contain arachidonic acid, which is an essential fatty acid made from linoleic and linolenic acids. When your body receives too much arachidonic acid from animal products, your body releases prostaglandins, which are pro-inflammatory immune system products, according to Skilling and Stringer.
Xenoestrogens are chemical estrogens that are produced when canned food comes in contact with the petroleum-based lining of cans. Xenoestrogens act as weak estrogens in your body and can increase your circulating levels of the estrogen your body makes, according to physician and xenoestrogen expert, Elizabeth Smith, M.D.
Processed foods such as white bread, sausages, cake, indomie, spaghetti, raise insulin levels faster than foods with fiber. These higher insulin levels increase the availability of estrogen to target uterine-fibroid growth.
These processed & canned foods also contribute to early menstruation in girls.
Hair Relaxers & Fibroid
It’s long been an established reality that Black women are more likely to have fibroids than women of other racial groups such as white women. In addition, black women have fibroids at younger ages, and they’re also likely to have more or larger fibroids.
Women who got their first menstrual period before the age of 10 were also more likely to have fibroids, and early menstruation may result from hair products African girls are using, according to a separate study published in the Annals of Epidemiology.
ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR FIBROID.
Your Doctor may prescribe contemporary therapies to prevent or treat fibroids, but there are foods that fight these conditions that you may include in your meal plan.
Foods Rich in Fiber
Johanna Skilling, author of “Fibroids: The Complete Guide to Taking Charge of Your Physical, Emotional and Sexual Well-Being,” suggests that boosting fiber intake to 30 g per day reduces the amount of estrogen in your body, the hormone that triggers fibroid growth. Choose fruits and vegetables as well as whole grain foods such as corn, oats, millet, sorghum, & whole wheat bread to increase your fiber intake. Yams & cassava meals such Continue Reading