Excerpt from The Doctor Will See You Now: Recognizing and Treating Endometriosis
As one of my patients, Casey, was leaving her initial appointment with me, I gave her some nutritional advice. “I remember Dr. Seckin saying to me, ‘Remember, no gluten or dairy, eat organic, and try to stay away from sugar, caffeine, and red meat.’ At that moment, my whole world changed,” Casey said. “I shouldn’t have been too surprised that endometriosis and diet were connected, but I was. It never crossed my mind. Furthermore, after talking to many women in the endometriosis community, they verified that they, too, felt better after staying away from certain foods. Many women, through the process of trial and elimination, had figured out just what Dr. Seckin had told me.”
“It is really hard eating gluten-free, dairy-free, organic, and staying away from caffeine, alcohol, and most sugar,” Casey said. “There are times I do really well with what I eat. There are other times when I do not do as well and pay the price for eating as I wish. Can eating right cure my endometriosis? No, but I do feel that when I eat right, my quality of life improves dramatically.”
Ultimately, there is no conclusive magical endometriosis diet that works for everyone, but the measures you take to reduce inflammations can alleviate symptoms. As always, listen to your body. Pay attention to how you feel after eating a certain food or drinking a certain drink. Like Casey said, what you eat or don’t eat is not going to cure endometriosis, but good nutrition could have a positive effect on the pain you feel by reducing inflammation and balancing your hormones.