Endometriosis is a common condition affecting around 2 million women in the UK (1). In endometriosis, tissues which act like the inside of the womb lining are found growing in places such as the bowel or bladder.
Symptoms of endometriosis vary in type and severity, including;
- discomfort going to the toilet
- blood in stools
Endometriosis can be managed with medical treatment under the guidance of your doctor. However, diet too plays a part.
A poor diet, high in simple sugars can exacerbate fatigue as energy is in a form which burns up quickly. This gives energy peaks and dips rather than long acting energy.
Fatigue can also result in reduced exercise levels which will make it more likely that the individual gains weight.
Inadequate fluid and fibre can lead to constipation and if the bowels are not being opened regularly, gas will build up causing bloating. Bloating will again be another factor which worsens fatigue.
Interestingly, there has been a recent study looking at the use of the low FODMAP diet in 160 women with endometriosis who also met the criteria for irritable bowel syndrome. In a trial of 4 weeks on the low FODMAP diet, 72% of the women showed a 50% improvement in symptoms (2).
If you are suffering with endometriosis and would like some personalised dietary advice then please contact me today.