Endometriosis and Diet

There is currently no cure for endometriosis, but there are treatments designed to ease the symptoms of the disease, being the most common, pain and infertility. Diet does not treat endometriosis, but it can also help relieve the pain and improve overall health. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, food does not cause endometriosis, but certain foods can make the disease more likely. Red meats like pork, ham, veal or beef are known to increase the probability of numerous diseases, including endometriosis. On the contrary, vegetables and fruits improve health and decrease the risk or the severity of endometriosis.

The correlation between endometriosis and foods tainted with chemicals has also been established. The presence of chemicals like polychorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in food result in the implantation of cells in the abdomen. These toxins are usually used in electrical equipment, hydraulic fluid, and carbonless copy paper, and organochlorine pesticides, but can also be found in animal fats. Regarding drinks, caffeinated drinks like coffee or Coke can also increase the probability, but the reasons are not fully understood. Similarly, alcohol is also discouraged.

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