Rheinland Klinikum Dormagen Nutrition Series: Endometriosis

Rhineland Clinic Dormagen
Protect the intestines with endometriosis.

This part of the Rheinland Klinikum Dormagen nutrition series is about proper nutrition for the disease of endometriosis.

Endometriosis affects many women between the ages of 20 and 40 and is one of the most common causes of female infertility. Although numerous treatment foci have been defined in recent years, diagnosis often still takes many years. Endometriosis: Tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus in the abdomen, often causing severe abdominal pain. “Currently, the only treatment options are essentially hormone therapy or surgical measures,” explains private professor Dr. Günter Noé, chief physician at the women’s clinic at the Rhineland Clinic in Dormagen. He and his team at the Certified Endometriosis Clinic specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis. “Until now, there is little research data on specific nutrition,” says the expert, “but some recommendations can be made regarding how the disease behaves in the body.”

The female sex hormone estrogen promotes the development of endometriosis. “So it makes sense to choose a diet in such a way that estrogen doesn’t also form in fat tissue.” Noah about reducing this to lower levels of estrogen.

Since endometriosis behaves like an inflammatory disease, irritants such as histamine should be avoided and what is known as an anti-inflammatory diet should be tried to reduce pain. A four-week elimination diet (eg, no chocolate, red wine, tomatoes, spinach, avocado, lactic acid-fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, well-ripened cheeses, or sausages) is necessary to assess the effect. Intolerances and allergies must be taken into account.

And another tip: To protect your intestines, eat only small amounts of flatulent vegetables and avoid raw vegetables at night. Freshly baked bread is also inauspicious. As always, enjoy coffee and alcohol with caution, still beverages are preferred.



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