6 Nigerian foods that can shrink fibroid

Nigerian foods that can shrink fibroid…

Natural Foods That May Shrink Your Fibroid

The era of diet consisting of fresh foods have passed and we now eat a lot of processed and preserved foods.

Uterine fibroids are lumps that grow on your uterus. Your doctor may call them fibroid tumors, leiomyomas, or myomas. But fibroids are not cancer. You do not need to do anything about them unless they are causing problems. Fibroids are very common in women in their 30s and 40s but incidences in younger people have also been seen. But fibroids usually do not cause problems. Many women never even know they have them. We are not sure what causes fibroids. But the female hormones estrogen and progesterone seem to make them grow. Your body makes the highest levels of these hormones during the years when you have periods.

Your body makes less of these hormones after you stop having periods (menopause). Fibroids usually shrink after menopause and stop causing symptoms. Often fibroids do not cause symptoms. Or the symptoms may be mild, like periods that are a little heavier than normal. If the fibroids bleed or press on your organs, the symptoms may make it hard for you to enjoy life.
🔷Fibroids make some women have:
🔷Long, gushing periods and cramping.
🔷Fullness or pressure in their belly.
🔷Low back pain.
🔷Pain during sex.
🔷An urge to urinate often.
🔷Heavy bleeding during your periods can lead to anemia. Sometimes fibroids can make it harder to get pregnant. Or they may cause problems during pregnancy, such as going into early labor or losing the baby (miscarriage).

If your main symptoms are pain and heavy bleeding, try an over-the-counter pain medicine like ibuprofen, and ask your doctor about birth control pills. These can help you feel better and make your periods lighter. If you have anemia, take iron pills and eat foods that are high in iron, like meats, beans, and leafy green vegetables. If your symptoms bother you a lot, you may want to think about surgery. Most of the time fibroids grow slowly, so you can take time to consider your choices.

Nigerian foods that can shrink fibroid

1. Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables provide rich amounts of disease-and inflammation-fighting nutrients and fiber, which help to promote appetite and weight control. These factors are important because inflammation and excess pounds can contribute to fibroids. In a study published in “Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition” in 2013, researchers analyzed the diets of premenopausal women and found that eating rich amounts of fruits and vegetables lowered the women’s risk of developing fibroids. A high body mass index, on the other hand, increased the risk.

2. Beans

Legumes, such as beans and lentils, are top fiber sources, making them prime choices for weight control. They also have a low glycemic index, or a mild impact on your blood sugar. High-glycemic carbohydrate sources, such as sweets, can cause inflammation and increase fibroid growth, according to Dr. Christiane Northrup, a physician and women’s health expert. Replacing these foods with nutritious, low-glycemic carbohydrate sources, such as legumes, can help minimize your symptoms. As plant-based protein sources, beans and lentils also provide nutritious alternatives to fatty meats, which increase inflammation.

Nigerian foods that can shrink fibroid
Nigerian foods that can shrink fibroid

3. Unprocessed Grains

White foods, such as starchy white bread, increase insulin production in your body and influence the way estrogen is metabolized, thereby increasing your risk for fibroid symptoms. Skip refined starches and stick to whole, unprocessed grains for improved uterine health and protection from fibroid growth. Whole grains are also low-glycemic and richer in antioxidants, fiber and protein than their processed counterparts. Nutritious examples include oats, brown rice, wild rice and barley.

4. Low Fat Dairy Products

Uterine fibroids are up to three times more prevalent in black women. Some evidence suggests this is likely because black women consume significantly fewer dairy products than whites. The protective properties of dairy, according to researchers who’ve investigated this link, lie in the ability of calcium to inhibit cell growth that leads to the tumours. If you tolerate dairy products well, incorporate low-fat varieties, such as milk, yogurt and cottage cheese, into your diet. If not, choose lactose-free fortified milk or a non-dairy equivalent, such as almond milk. Limit high-fat items, such as whole milk and fatty cheeses, which contribute to inflammation.

5. Super Dark Chocolate

It might not be a secret anymore, but yes, dark chocolate (NOT milk chocolate) can be a very healthy food, even though it is technically calorie dense. However, I would contend that dark chocolate can actually HELP you to shrink your fibroids if you’re the type of person that has a sweet tooth and likes to eat a lot of desserts. In this case, just 1 or 2 small squares of dark chocolate can many times satisfy your sweet tooth.

The importance of that fact is that it means many dark chocolates will not greatly affect your blood sugar and will have a fairly blunted blood sugar response compared to other “sweets”. In addition, dark chocolate is also very rich in healthful antioxidants, including a powerful compound called theobromine which has been shown to help lower blood pressure and have other health benefits.

The fat content in a good dark chocolate should come solely from the natural healthy fats occuring in cocoa butter and not from any other added fats. Any chocolates with added fats or other additives will generally not be as healthy.

6. Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds contain phytoestrogens — natural substances with estrogen-like properties. Experts say most women can benefit from phytoestrogens, which block the estrogen receptors on the cells in fibroids, potentially minimizing symptoms and lowering your risk for fibroid growth. Flaxseeds also provide fiber and omega-3 fats, which guard against inflammation and tumour growth and help rid your body of excess estrogen.

We hope you will take this advice on choosing the right choice of food and food combination in your diet daily seriously. This, more than anything else, will improve your chances of getting result from whatever form of fibroid treatment you are taking. Reduce the processed foods you eat and add more fresh foods to your diet.

Stay healthy!!!

~Adeleke Olusegun Olaoluwa

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