I’m on month eight of my Endometriosis Diet and recently I’ve discovered something so important I cannot wait to tell you guys about it because it’s important to all women with endometriosis, endometrioma, fibroids, and everything hormone related. Guess what? It even relates to eczema.
Never in my life have I thought of a “gluten free” diet. I’ve heard of it before and usually it’s because somebody’s child has celiac disease and needs to avoid this and that. I always looked at them with a lot of compassion since food is so important to me and I’ve already weeded 90% of the stuff I love and now I have ONE MORE restriction?! It’s one that’s totally worth it though.
The adrenal gland is like our mother for hormones. She guides the hormones in our body and when the adrenal gland is tired and not functioning properly, our hormones goes unbalanced. Adrenal glands are above your kidneys and they release hormones into your bloodstream. They repair the body and even helps with anti-aging! So next time you see some woman aging really fast, you might wonder what she’s doing to her adrenal glands…
When stress is brought to the adrenal glands to break down (like foods you shouldn’t eat and xenoestrogens from the environment), then you encounter hormonal imbalance which leads to PMS, to endo, cysts, etc.
Where does gluten come in? Did you know that 40% of the population has a gluten sensitivity? When you are gluten sensitive, you’re putting direct stress on the adrenal glands and it’s an “inflammatory” food for your body (which causes endo and cysts to flair up). The adrenal glands then works extra hard to make it anti-inflammatory. When you eat lots of gluten and you’re body is the type to be sensitive to it, then you’re putting additional stress on your adrenal glands and therefore hormone imbalance, and yes, endo.
Some symptoms from gluten and adrenal exhaustion include:
- Having a hard time waking up in the morning
- Muscle ache
- Joint ache
- Mood Swings
- Cannot concentrate as well
- Loss in memory
The adrenal glands are so important to hormonal balance that without it working properly, we get the problems we do including miscarriage, cramping, heavy periods, migraine, PCOS, depression, anxiety, etc.
They are supposed to release progesterone (a hormone we need in getting pregnant) and people with endo have lower levels of progesterone since estrogen is too high. Therefore, if we put less stress on our adrenal glands, we’ll be able to balance our hormones and get rid of those cramps during our periods and continue to shrink our cysts!
First thing to avoid is WHEAT, BARLEY, and RYE. With all the health foods raving about “100% whole wheat,” they don’t mention the risks of eating too much wheat. People think eating wheat is healthy but the question is whether you have an intolerance to gluten you didn’t even know about. Breads usually have wheat flour and pasta, etc. Therefore, next time you shop for groceries, look in the ingredients and see if it has wheat, barley or rye. Contrary to belief, wheat could be bad for us!
What should you do? Go get tested and see if you’re one of those with gluten intolerance. Your doctor should be able to do this for you. When doing this test, you can go ahead and get the entire intolerance test and find out what other foods you’re allergic to so that you can avoid all of them. Any food that attacks your immune system could be the cause of your endo because endo is caused by a weak immune system so let’s get healthier!