Functional ovarian cysts often develop and grow in relation to hormonal shifts. Hormonal imbalance issues can cause these cysts to grow much larger and even painfully rupture. Ovarian cysts can shrink and disappear without surgery or drugs, simply by you creating an internal hormonal environment that keeps their development in check and under control.
It is possible to make choices every day to help prevent or improve cyst issues. Any woman who is experiencing oestrogen overload or dominance is at risk of developing ovarian cysts that become symptomatic. These symptoms can be anything from bloating to frequent urination. A ruptured ovarian cyst will cause a great deal of pain and is considered a medical emergency, but you can do as much as possible yourself to avoid this from happening.
Natural remedies from a functional nutrition standpoint are highly effective as preventing cysts and shrinking those cysts you may already have. It is possible for women to reverse their diagnosis of ovarian cysts, shocking their doctors and themselves by how elegantly and effectively their body is capable of resolving this issue, when given the tools it needs to do so.
1. Eat a truck load of green vegetables
such as Brussel sprouts, kale, collards, broccoli, cabbage, because they contain DIM (Di-Indolyl Methane) which is very effective at helping the body process and eliminate excess oestrogen. Try to have them with every meal.
2. Detox the liver
It’s pretty simple really - you need to eat to support your liver function and the best way to do this directly is with foods and fluids. Including detox teas, superfoods and glutathione-heavy veggies like avocados, asparagus. Plus, selenium super foods such as brazil nuts and oatmeal will have a big impact on the body and balancing the hormones.
3. Get plenty of fibre
A diet high in fibre has been shown to decrease the reabsorption of oestrogen in the body, lowering the incidence of oestrogen-related health issues including cysts and breast cancer. Fruits and veggies are the best sources of fibre for this purpose. Add fibre-rich flax seeds to your salads, soups, and smoothies and eat a fibre-full pear every day in your fruit salad.
4. Take care of your gut
Using fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, or pickles can help your body manage oestrogen levels. Giving your gut what it wants and needs to process oestrogen and maintain hormonal balance is vital.
Foods to avoid
Fried, processed, fast food, red meat, gluten, dairy, alcohol, coffee and trans-fats.
All these foods are going to do is spike your blood sugar levels, add toxins to the blood and create disharmony for the hormones, digestion and nervous system.
If you eat clean, the chances of shrinking your cyst or it disappearing altogether is much higher, and you will look and feel amazing too! What’s not to love!