No, it’s not a battle of hard-to-spell funny-sounding words. I’d like to start writing about diet and lifestyle choices one can make to combat the symptoms of endometriosis.
My cousin is a dietitian and I recently met with her to get some tips on changes I can make in my life to ease my symptoms and avoid surgery for as long as possible. I plan to write much more on this in the future, but I want to wait a bit longer to see the effects of my lifestyle changes before I report back. For now, I’d like to do little pieces on specific foods that can help.
I know when I first started out, the hardest thing was finding specific information. I’d find people who say eat more fiber, eat less gluten, but not what that actually means food wise. I know I should eat more fruits and veggies, but that still isn’t specific enough. I wanted some solid examples of go-to foods so that when I was at the grocery store, I wouldn’t be going “Wait, what kind of fiber is this?” Instead, I could go “Hey look, granola! That’s one of those things I’m supposed to eat!”
So the other day, when I saw a fleeting clipart image that said something like “Asparagus, the Miracle Food!!!1!!1! Scientifically proven to treat…” followed by a list of every illness known to man, including endometriosis, I just had to write about it. You can find a pin on pinterest claiming that just about any vegetable will cure just about any disease, but for some reason this one just tickled me and made me want to know more.
Please keep in mind that I am not a doctor, and there is no cure for endometriosis. But actually, asparagus CAN help! And here’s why:
First, asparagus has a lot of folic acid in it. A lack of folic acid is one of the many reasons my doctor prescribed prenatal vitamins for me. The younger you are, the more likely it is that you have a folic acid deficiency – that’s because here in America, you don’t hear a lot of teens begging for asparagus with their dinner. I know my dinner of choice as a teen was cereal with milk and pop tarts. No folic acid in there! Leafy greens are also a good source of folic acid, along with liver, which is a vastly less popular choice.
How does folic acid help with the symptoms? I’ll admit there’s some holes in my knowledge here, but I do know that folic acid (along with any kind of B vitamins) helps dispose of extra estrogen, which sounds good. It fights anemia, which I was at risk of developing. I don’t know that anemia is directly correlated to endo, but if you have heavy bleeding or irregular periods anemia is a concern.
Another big problem with creating a new diet is that you can add in as much good foods as you want, but it won’t do any good if you unknowingly cancel it out with bad foods! In this case, drinking alcohol will cause you to not absorb the folic acid and to pass off any that was in your system to begin with. Moral of the story – if you eat asparagus with a glass of wine, you’re not doing yourself any favors.
I have also read that asparagus is “the most potent female health tonic” because it cleanses the female reproductive system while also strengthening it. I don’t know how grounded in science that is, but I was excited to use the word “tonic.” It makes me feel better just to think the word “tonic,” but that’s just a writer thing. Fellow writers, don’t you have words that make you feel physically well? Is it just me?
Asparagus also has vitamin E, which helps with pain, particularly cramps (including menstrual cramps). Vitamin E’s just good. That’s all you need to know.
So, asparagus! Good for the endo! Not a miracle cure but it’s healthy, and every little bit makes a difference.
I personally like asparagus. I prefer it grilled until the tip is black and crunchy, or served with a splash of my mom’s hollandaise sauce….