Fibroids are non-cancerous, abnormal growths in the uterus. They are made of muscle and other tissues and range in size from a seed to larger than a tennis ball. Although they aren’t life threatening, they can sometimes cause complications and health problems such as heavy menstrual bleeding, constipation, anemia, difficulty getting pregnant and miscarriages.
Oftentimes, women will undergo a myomectomy to remove fibroids while preserving the uterus, and sometimes women will opt for a hysterectomy to completely remove the uterus to more efficiently prevent re-growth.
If you’ve learned that you have fibroids, and it’s not yet at a point where surgery is necessary, here are a few lifestyle changes you can make to naturally heal your fibroids.
- Add fiber to your diet
Getting enough fiber daily is essential for balancing hormones and keeping blood sugar levels steady. This will help prevent and slow the growth of fibroids.
Not sure where to get fiber from? Add in cooked and raw vegetables, whole grains, oats, lentils, barley and beans to your diet
- If needed, shed off your excess weight
Although it’s easier said than done, if your doctor recommends you lose a few pounds for health purposes, do what you can to eat healthier and get active. Since fat cells make high amounts of estrogen, excess weight can increase the risk and growth of fibroids. Losing weight may help prevent and reduce the size of fibroids.
- Focus on your nutrition
Having a healthy diet is one of the most important factors in treating fibroids. Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk of getting fibroids as well as reducing the size of them.
- Limit refined and sugary foods
Eating too much red meat can increase your risk of fibroids, and when you have fibroids, it doesn’t help in healing them at all. Eating excess refined carbohydrates and food filled with sugar may trigger or worsen fibroids as well.
Avoid or restrict foods like:
- white rice, pasta, and flour
- soda and other sugary drinks
- corn syrup
- boxed cereals
- baked goods (cakes, cookies, doughnuts)
- potato chips
- Reduce stress
Stress is hard to avoid but learning to manage it may benefit your health in a big way. When major life events occur that cause you stress, your fibroids may grow. Our adrenal glands release the hormone cortisol, which leads to fibroid growth. Reducing stress will aid in reducing and shrinking your fibroids.
Meditation, yoga and exercises like walking or jogging can help reduce stress.
- Drink more green tea
Green tea is the queen of antioxidants. It contains an antioxidant called flavanols which may help reduce the size of fibroids. Ingesting green tea by drinking it or in supplement form for 4 months may lessen your symptoms and shrink the size of your fibroids.
- Try Acupuncture
Acupuncture has a plethora of benefits for your entire body – mentally and physically, including treating the symptoms of fibroids while lowering stress. All which can lead to healing your fibroids.
Combining acupuncture with your other lifestyle changes can help your body in healing fibroids.