Fibroid Shrinking Foods – What To Eat With Fibroids
What to eat with fibroids is extremely important and can certainly make a difference. However, eating fibroid shrinking foods is only part of the picture. If you want to eliminate your symptoms and bring about measurable shrinkage, you might like to consider trying other treatments such as detoxification, stress management and cleansing protocols alongside dietary modification.
However, if you do nothing else, then changing your diet is a great starting point.
First of all, consider your water intake. You should drink at least 2 liters of water each day. Not only does it quench the thirst, but it can help to keep the body’s organs hydrated and healthy. Lack of fluid can cause organs to shrink, making them prone to disease due to accumulated toxins. Drinking plenty of water can help to flush impurities out of the body. In addition, drinking enough can also help prevent constipation, another possible cause of waste products within the bloodstream.
With regard to fibroid shrinking foods, the first rule is to eat organic wherever possible. Organic foods are produced without the use of chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and hormones. These components are harmful to the body as they are stored and can both contribute to hormonal imbalances and a build up of toxins in the liver, thus fuelling fibroid growth.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are excellent foods for fibroid sufferers. They are packed with nutrients and powerful antioxidants which the body needs to help fight fibroids. In general, you should wash them well and eat the skins where appropriate. Dark colored fruits and leafy green vegetables are particularly good fibroid shrinking foods but in general, if you aim to eat a “rainbow” (ie as many color variations as possible) you will be obtaining the valuable nutrients on offer.
When looking at what to eat with fibroids, onions and garlic are great additions to your diet. These are known to contain powerful antioxidants which can help keep your female hormones functioning correctly, so try to include them on a daily basis.
Beans, nuts and seeds are great fibroid shrinking foods. These contain phytoestrogens which is “good” estrogen which the body needs to help balance its hormones. Nuts and seeds also contain a good source of essential fatty acids which are needed to keep the body healthy and balanced.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much hormones do they put in meats and dairys? I heard of women getting fibroids from hormones?
“According to one 2000-2003 survey by the Food Marketing Institute, hormonal additives are entirely illegal in the European Union (EU), as well as in Canada, simply based on the biologic plausibility of health implications, alongside some scant laboratory and animal research. The EU has gone so far as to ban the import of US beef and dairy from treated animals, spurring a small tariff war between them and the US.”
However if you are still worried because you eat american beef, here is a lot of info:
Hormones Used in Livestock
Six steroid hormones are currently approved for use in US livestock to speed lean muscle growth. Both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a joint committee of the Food and Agricultural Organization and World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) deemed residues of these additives in meat safe for consumption in 1988. Three of the approved additives are synthetic versions of steroid hormones that occur naturally in both cows and humans: estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone; the other three are synthetic variations that closely mimic these. More than 90% of US livestock are currently injected with these hormones, which can increase production of veal and beef by up to 15%.
Hormones Used in Dairy Cattle
In 1993, the FDA and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) panel of experts approved the use of recombinant (i.e., genetically engineered) bovine growth hormone (rbGH). This protein hormone promotes increased milk production as opposed to muscle growth. Its approval came only after extensive review of available data by said organizations that showed the milk of treated dairy cattle to be safe.
Today, somewhere from 5% to 30% of dairy cattle receive rbGH, and those that do produce at least 10% more milk than other cows. As opposed to cattle raised as livestock, no steroid hormones are approved for use in dairy cattle.
Suspected Health Concerns
Too much or little of any hormone can be harmful to the body, and in severe cases can result in an endocrine disorder such as diabetes or hypothyroidism. Additionally, certain cancers are known to be responsive to some hormones in the steroid class. Estrogen is listed as a known carcinogen (most associated with uterine cancer, followed by breast cancer), and progesterone as reasonably anticipated to be a carcinogen, in an updated report by the National Toxicology Program at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Concerns Over Additives in Beef
While taking steroid hormones at high doses, such as in hormonal replacement therapy, has been shown to increase risk for some cancers, the amount present in meat products is comparably miniscule. Indeed, the FDA argues that residues of additives in beef are negligible in comparison to levels that occur naturally both in cows and humans.
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Authorities also point out that steroid hormone levels in beef, whether from treated animals or not, are far lower than those found in eggs or milk. Additionally, these levels are dwarfed by high levels of plant estrogens or phytoestrogens present in soybeans, wheat germ, cabbage, broccoli, and many other vegetables. Phytoestrogens have also been shown to be hormonally active in people.
One lesson from history may largely explain the continued wariness toward hormonal additives even at reportedly negligible doses. The synthetic estrogen hormone, diethylstilbestrol (DES), that was used beginning in the 1950s to fatten cattle and chickens, as well as to prevent miscarriages in women, was found to increase cancer risk in humans. Its use in food production was phased out by 1979, several years after it was pronounced to be a known carcinogen. Receiving ample media coverage, the DES misfortune peaked awareness of the potential dangers of chemical additives in both food and drugs.
Besides cancer risk, a few other unsubstantiated claims against steroid additives have been made. For example, they have been blamed at least partially for earlier puberty onset in some female populations (also a risk factor for breast cancer), but no epidemiological studies have ever been done on this.
Concerns Over Additives in Dairy
As for dairy hormones, critics of rgBH, such as the Consumer Union and the Cancer Prevention Coalition, argue that milk from treated cows contains higher levels of this hormone than milk from non-treated cows. However, rgBH is not recognized as a hormone in the human body, and even if it were, as a protein hormone it is broken down into metabolites in the stomach (unlike steroid hormones, which do pass into the bloodstream when ingested orally), so any health risk is biologically unlikely.
But, more importantly, critics contend that the milk also contains higher levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), a protein hormone that is identical in cows and humans. IGF-1 plays an important role in milk production, bone growth, and cell division. Indeed, Eli Lilly & Co., a manufacturer of rbGH, reported a ten-fold increase in IGF-1 levels in milk of cows receiving the hormone. And while IGF-1 is naturally present in humans, new research does suggest that elevated levels are associated with breast, colon, and prostate cancers. The Harvard-based Nurses Health Study found higher blood levels of IGF-1 in women with breast cancer than in those without. Still, no research has been done to show if drinking milk with higher levels of IGF-1 translates to higher blood levels of IGF-1.
It didn’t get any exact levels but you might be able to find it on the FDA website.
Can uterine fibroids give you mood swings?
I think I have fibroids – have been having irregular periods, and this period have been bleeding for 18 days and counting.. but I was also wondering if fibroids change your hormone levels at all and can give you mood swings.
It’s not that the fibroids change the moods, but the things causing the fibroids to continue being where they are can stimulate hormone level changes that might make you feel different and change your moods.
Is there a natural remedy for uterine fibroids?
I don’t have bothersome symptoms, but I have 6 large fibroids. I want to get pregnant in the future. My doctor said I’ll have no trouble getting pregnant, but I’m likely to have trouble during pregnancy. I keep myomectomy as a last resourt. Cause there are so many possible complications like adhesions and having to have a C-section. I want my body to get rid of them naturally. Any advise? Like exercise or fasting? I know that fibroids a hormone-dependent. I also know that girls lose their period if they fast long enough. Will that do anything?
I answered your other question and seeing this makes me feel for you as it must be awful fearing you may not be able to have kids.
I couldn’t find too much but I did search and found this
The great Dr John R Christopher said burdock helps fibroids..if taking use an organic tincture..the usual dose is two dropperfuls (60 drops)..3-5 times a day..I would use 5 times a day. a dropperful is what remains in the eyedropper of a tincture bottle when you squeeze the bulb, inset into the herbal tincture formula, release eyedropper top..what remains in the drop is called a dropperful and looks about half full..this eliminates the need to count drops. a few off will not hurt on herbs.
A good brand is herbpharm..they have a good burdock blend. Burdock is not harmful..it is a blood cleanser and sold in some places as a food,.
I once read his woman’s herbal years ago but can’t remember if he addressed fibroids there but it may be worth a shot..I got it from interlibrary loan.
it is also sold here–
Also curezone has a lot of excellent health info..here is some of the things on fibroid there.
so I would revcommend this book and the ons by linda page and balche in the other questions for hormone balancing and the burdock and further research on curezone and elsewhere to trying to dissolve the fibroids.
Also maybe Dr Richard schulze’s incurables formula may help..(push enter and go to the incurables program..he is the one with the female herbal formula and said he never failed to help infertile woman or women with female problems who wanted to have a child fail..I bet he used his incurables formula with his female herbs..also see his index in the catalog found at herbdoc.com
Best painkillers or prescriptions for menstrual cramps and fatigue?
I have a fairly regular period, every 29 days, one week long. It isn’t terribly heavy. But for the first few days, the cramps are terrible, I have fatigue, nausea, and sometimes muscle aches in my upper thighs. I’ve tried heating pads, and every OTC painkiller. Aleeve takes the edge off, but it still hurts. Does anyone know if prescriptions might help? Something that won’t make me drowsy? I’d like to avoid BC with hormones, since fibroids and blood clots both seem to run in my family.
Fiorinal (by prescription) and exercise
how fast do fibroids grow?
referring to uterine fibroids. Can the hormones from breastfeeding cause them to grow quicker? if so, how quickly? Does anyone have any experience with this? I am breastfeeding full time, am NOT on birthcontrol and cannot get pregnant(hubby had vasectomy). I might have a fibroid but haven’t had this confirmed yet. I had an ultrasound and I’m seeing my doc soon for the follow-up. I guess I’m just nervous and never get enough time at appointments
In my case, uterine fibroids grew very fast. I had a surgery in 2005 to remove 28 fibroids of size 16 weeks pregnancy but they grew back just within 1 year as big as size of 20 weeks pregnancy.
Now I have to take another surgery to remove, may be, my whole uterus.