This week, Lena Dunham revealed on Instagram that changing her diet has helped her feel her best while living with endometriosis. As she put it: "some foods were not allowing me to perform at Beyoncé level."
This isn't the first time Dunham has spoken out about living with this painful chronic condition, and she isn't the only one — it's estimated that the hormonal disorder affects up to 10 percent of all women in America.
Endometriosis gets its name from the tissue in your uterus. In women who have endometriosis, the endometrial tissue actually grows outside the uterus and can be found in other parts of the abdomen, like on the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
This extra tissue acts just like the normal tissue in the uterus, and builds up once a cycle. Unfortunately, when it’s time for a period, this tissue becomes very inflamed and swollen, because it’s got nowhere to go! This ends up causing a lot of pain, fertility issues and gut problems (like diarrhea and abdominal cramps), among other issues.
Endometriosis is a chronic condition and research into how to manage it is still ongoing. However, as Dunham experienced in her own life, nutrition can play a role in lessening the pain and other symptoms associated with the disorder.
As a health coach and nutritionist, here's what I recommend eating if you have endometriosis: