Low Carb Diets and Endometriosis

Low Carb Diets and Endometriosis

I Love this explanation as to how Low carb can beat down endometriosis, great to see another nutritionist prepared to lay out the science like this. Found this information at http://healthygamergirl.com/low-carb-diets-and-endometriosis/
Tell me about low carb diets and endometriosis!So, this article is heavily based on n=1 experimentation. What does that mean? The test pool is one person, and that person is me. I’ll pull in lots of science and some studies, though. Fear not.I’ve had endometriosis pretty much as long as I can remember. I was put on birth control pills at 16 to deal with such an irregular cycle. They helped to normalize the amount of days, but that’s about it.I honestly didn’t feel any relief with my period until I started eating low carb, about ten years later. Seriously, ten years later. From my own experience, it was a revelatory change. I felt normal. My symptoms stopped taking over my life. The change has been so drastic that even if there were no other benefits, I would still maintain this lifestyle. It’s that worth it to me.

Why didn’t I title this article “keto and endometriosis?” I thought about it – but, since I’ve experienced the same results on a ketogenic diet, as I have on a low carb (<75g net carbs daily) diet, I thought I’d leave things more open.

why would a low carb diet help endometriosis?

So, endometriosis is a double whammy of hormone disregulation in the form of excess estrogen and autoimmune issues. We’ve discussed before how low carb diets are actually really beneficial for regulating hormonal issues, and that autoimmune condition symptoms are improved by a low carb diet, but let’s go over the basics one more time:

grains, gluten, legumes and sugar are all highly inflammatory
inflammation causes gut permeability issues, and leads to autoimmune disorders
eliminating these inflammatory compounds can help to seal up your gut, and allow your body to do what it’s supposed to do – heal yourself
inflammation = swelling and pain, so there’s another argument for eliminating it right there 😉
sugar consumption leads to excess estrogen via insulin production, in a crazy mechanism explained in this article
“When insulin spikes, typically after a meal high in sugar, this can lead to lower levels of an important protein known as sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG binds excess estrogen and testosterone in the blood, but when it’s low, these hormone levels increase. Insulin also increases the production of testosterone, which is then converted into even more estrogen by fat tissue in the belly.” – Dr. Sarika Arora, MD, for Women’s Health Network
Thus, we can see how a low carb diet would help out here. Reducing sugar, grain, gluten and legume intake decreases inflammation and helps with healing our guts. The move away from sugar not only decreases inflammation, but also helps to steady hormone levels, particularly estrogen.

Source: healthygamergirl.com