Endometriosis sucks, and Tia Mowry-Hardrict knows it

It’s refreshing when celebrities are frank about their fertility issues. Often we hear about their struggles to get pregnant after the baby is born, but in actress Tia Mowry-Hardrict’s case, she’s happy to speak openly about the “little bit of a challenge” she and husband Cory Hardrict are having as they try to add to their family.

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On the red carpet at the 2016 BET Awards, Mowry-Hardrict, 37, revealed that she suffers from endometriosis, which means she doesn’t want to get too hopeful about her chances of conceiving.

Mowry-Hardrict, who is already mom to Cree Taylor, 5, added that she is working on her diet because “endometriosis basically grows from inflammation.” She’s even written her own cookbook based on the theory that a certain type of diet gets rid of inflammation in the body, called A Whole New You.

Endometriosis is a much misunderstood condition with no cure, but there’s a growing body of evidence to suggest that paying close attention to diet can help those who suffer. Many women find that a whole-food, plant-based diet can manage — and perhaps even alleviate — many of the symptoms.

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Diet and nutrition are rarely discussed as viable treatment options for endometriosis, but perhaps that is changing. By cutting out foods that cause inflammation — such as processed and packaged foods, sugar, gluten, white bread, wheat, dairy products, red and processed meat, fried foods and alcohol — endometriosis sufferers may find relief even if they have exhausted all other treatment options.

Andrew Weil, M.D. suggests cutting out dairy foods completely for three weeks and reading all food labels carefully during this time to ensure all foods containing whey, casein and cow’s milk or milk protein are avoided. He also recommends only hormone-free meat to eliminate additional estrogen exposure and avoiding alcohol, as it affects how estrogen is metabolized in the body. Additionally, Weil advocates an organic diet as much as possible.

If the millions of women around the world who suffer with endometriosis could find some relief by switching up their diet, this is fantastic news. Let’s hope it works for Mowry-Hardrict.

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