Can A Gluten Free Diet Help Endo?

It's important to learn how to manage your endometriosis naturally and maintain your fertility for when you're ready and diet is the best place to start. Unexplained infertility linked to endometriosis can be caused by environmental pollutants. This is why the BUMP®Fertility method utilizes the most up to date natural fertility screening techniques based on peer review research and modern science.

One of the ways you can manage the symptoms of endometriosis such as pain, mood changes, and fatigue is with a gluten-free diet. The relationship between diet and endometriosis has become a topic of interest again amongst researchers. One large study found a relationship between diet and endometriosis in that following a gluten-free diet for at least 12 months relieved period pain and abdominal pain not related to periods in 75% of women with endometriosis, while the pain didn’t worse during these 12 months for anybody in this study.

The researchers concluded that there was a definite link between diet and endometriosis and that women with endometriosis would benefit from following a gluten-free diet. (1).

The exact link for this is not yet fully understood, but it is hypothesized that gluten can trigger inflammation in the digestive tract in those who are sensitive or (mildly) intolerant towards gluten. This inflammation triggers the release of inflammatory substances which in their turn can aggravate endometriosis and trigger an autoimmune response. Reducing inflammation by following a gluten-free diet can, therefore, improve endometriosis.

Gluten is found in wheat, oats, barley, and rye. These grains are commonly used in bread, cereals, pasta, crackers, biscuits, cakes, baked goods etc. Alternative grains that are often better tolerated include millet, corn, rice, amaranth, quinoa, and buckwheat. It is worthwhile going on a gluten-free diet for a couple of months and see if your endometriosis improves.

Learning natural ways to manage your endometriosis with my BUMP QUICK START course is important if you are trying to conceive or want to protect your fertility for when you're ready. You can take my FREE online quizz to discover ways to improve your fertility naturally.

This research was brought to you by Narelle Stegehuis, a practicing medical herbalist and naturopath specializing in restorative endocrinology for women, with over 20 years of clinical experience. She is an accomplished writer, editor and technical training advisor for the media. A recipient of the Australian Naturopathic Excellence Award, Narelle adopts an integrated approach of both medical science and traditional complementary health care principles.

1. Marziali M. Venza M, Lazzaro S, Lazzaro A, Miscosi C, Stolfi VM , “Gluten-free diet: a new strategy for management of painful endometriosis related symptoms?” – Minerva Chir, 2012 Dec; 67 (6):499-504

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