Overview Of Condition
Ovarian Cysts Guide
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As the exact cause of ovarian cysts has not been established, there is no one specific cure or treatment. However, what they do know is that the condition appears to be linked to a hormone imbalance - just as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), two other gynecological disorders, are. All of these conditions can be improved by avoiding toxic chemicals and foods that promote the growth of estrogen in the body, triggering a hormone imbalance. The following is a list of foods to eat and avoid, as well as advice on natural remedies and treatments.
Foods To Eat
Soy: Soy foods like tofu, miso and tempeh; as well as beans, lentils, cauliflower and broccoli can help control estrogen levels.
Indole-3-carbinol (I3C): Eat more foods rich in I3C which helps eliminate excess hormones from the body. These include cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower.
Magnesium rich foods like almonds, bananas, prunes, cashew nuts and broccoli help to reduce painful cramps associated with ovarian cysts.
Dandelion coffee: a herbal substitute for coffee, helps support the liver so that it can remove excess hormones more easily.
Omega-3: Eat foods rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids because they help control hormone disruptions as well as insulin resistance (linked to PCOS). Good options include flax seeds (linseeds), oil fish (salmon, anchovies, sardines, mackerel and herring) and hemp seeds.
Go organic: Stick to organic foods as much as possible as pesticides can disrupt hormone balances. Peel all vegetables and fruit if they are not organic.
Foods To Avoid
Alcohol: reduce your intake of alcohol as it can elevate estrogen levels. If you do want to have a drink, red wine is the best option.
Wheat: Eat fewer wheat products because wheat contains phytic acid which binds minerals like magnesium and zinc, both of which are essential for hormone balance and preventing cramps.
Caffeine: Cut back on caffeine products, coffee, sodas, chocolate, energy drinks and tea because it can disrupt hormones.
Sugar: Avoid refined sugar, that is, the sort of sugar found in cakes, pastries, candy and cookies because it plays havoc with hormones.
Other related resources: Alternative treatment for endometriosis and natural treatment for PCOS. Both conditions are characterized by excess estrogen levels, and natural therapies are aimed at restoring hormone balance.
Supplements And Remedies
B-vitamins: Take a good B-vitamin supplement as it is helps to balance blood sugar and hormone levels. If you already take a multi-vitamin, check it’s B-vitamin content. If it is a good formula, it should contain 100 percent of your daily B vitamin dosage, so there is no need to buy an additional supplement.
Brassica vegetable extract supplements: are helpful in balancing hormones. These contain extracts from cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. You can purchase these easily enough on the internet from companies like Life Extension.
Herbs: Talk to a Chinese herbalist - a cinnamon and rehmannia combination is a traditional treatment in China for ovarian cysts.
The traditional recipe contains 30g of rehmannia, 9g of antler gelatin, 3g of cinnamon bark, 2g roasted ginger, 6g of sinapis, 2g of ma-huang and 3g of licorice.
Weight loss: If you are overweight, lose a few pounds. Studies continually show that moderate weight loss helps to correct hormone imbalances and improves the chance of conception in women with fertility problems. See, can ovarian cysts cause infertility?
Water: Drink filtered water only. Tap water usually contains chemicals which can affect hormone levels. Also, be sure to check out our list of books on women's health for a healthy lifestyle.
Plastic toxins: Avoid cooking food in plastic containers. And above all avoid heating food in plastic containers in the microwave - always transfer the food to a glass bowel first. This is because the heating process releases toxic chemicals (dioxins) in the plastic which seep into your food.
Stress: Find ways to relax. Stress contributes to major hormone fluctutations - try adding rose, geranium or agnus castus essential oils to your bath. If you need a little motivation, read about the dangers of stress in women.
Chemicals: Remove chemicals from the house and use biodegradable products instead.
Contraceptive Choice: If you are thinking of using the coil, read our article first: Does the coil increase the risk of ovarian cysts?