A specifically devised programme that is able to support women on an emotional level too: this is where fibromas and physical training can converge.
Uterine fibroids affect 15% of fertile women aged over 35 and statistics reveal that one woman in three develops them. Symptoms vary from individual to individual and sometimes may take quite some time to appear. Other times, however, this pathology drastically upsets the daily life of a woman: fatigue, strong pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, a frustrating sex life and a number of minor issues that inevitably become an emotional burden and risk leading the woman to isolate herself. So, coping with uterine fibroids and all their consequences is surely troublesome, but a proper diet and physical activity can help. It is paramount, however, to seek medical advice as to what should be done.
As a matter of fact, if movements are made very carefully, physical activity – coupled with a traditional therapy – can boost motivation and energy, thus helping you tackle uterine fibroids. Indeed, sport can directly help enhance the physical condition of a woman that suffers from uterine fibroids, because it helps reduce the quantity of sex hormones and insulin in the blood, which in turn may have proliferative effects on some tissues.
The most suitable physical activities are the ones that involve the pelvic floor and aim to strengthen the lumbar and paraspinal regions, while also involving all other muscles of the body, to a lesser extent. It is paramount, however, to perform all physical exercises in a balanced and consistent way, listening to your body and possibly opting for techniques such as Pilates and Yoga, along with enjoyable outdoor walks.
Physical activity is therefore important, but even a healthy and balanced diet and maintaining a normal, healthy weight (with a BMI falling within the range 18.5 to 25) can benefit general health and wellbeing. A proper diet is indeed a great ally of women’s health and even those who suffer from uterine fibroids can benefit from it.
It is crucial to eat plenty of leafy greens and fruit, especially citrus fruits, which – according to several studies – play a key role in reducing the risk of developing fibroids. A low intake of the vitamins D and A can indeed increase the chance of developing this type of ailment. That is why it is also useful to consume oily fish (such as salmon and mackerel), cod liver oil, cheeses and egg yolks. Plus, in the summer, sunbathe for at least ten minutes a day, to stimulate the endogenous synthesis of vitamin D. We also recommend a reduced intake of red meat and cured meats.