Can my diet affect my endometriosis?

It might. While further research is needed, some studies have found that eating certain foods might help reduce inflammation. Endometriosis is linked to long-term inflammation in the body.

To reduce inflammation, include salmon and tuna in your diet. They contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Limiting red meat and adding turmeric to your food or tea also might lessen inflammation.

In general, follow a healthy diet. Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The fiber in fruits and vegetables may help your digestive system.

Also limit foods with saturated and trans fat, added sugars and sodium. Drink alcohol only in moderation — up to one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.

If you have endometriosis and have questions or concerns about your diet or digestive problems, talk to your doctor. You may also find it helpful to meet with a dietitian.


Tatnai Burnett, M.D.

April 01, 2020 See more Expert Answers