Endometriosis – How to Help Yourself

It is estimated that  over 1.5 million women in the UK and about 5 million in the USA suffer from endometriosis; a chronic and often debilitating condition, which can lead to intense pain and fertility problems.

What is Endometriosis?

The endometrium is the term given to the lining of the womb. In a healthy menstrual cycle this lining is shed each month during the woman’s period, unless a fertilised egg has been implanted. If you suffer with endometriosis this womb-lining tissue grows where it shouldn’t, in parts of the body outside the uterus such as the bowel, bladder or other pelvic regions.

These growths respond to the hormonal signals of a woman’s menstrual cycle in the same way the lining of the uterus does. So the tissue builds up and sheds each month, but unlike the uterine lining has no easy way of leaving the body. Instead it becomes trapped causing inflammation, adhesions, and pain.

The condition can also lead to digestive and bowel problems and difficulties in becoming pregnant.

Using diet, supplemetns and herbs to beat endometriosis

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Endometriosis is often misdiagnosed as heavy, painful periods, and many women suffer for a long time before getting a definite diagnosis.  Endometriosis is a complex health problem with many different potential underlying causes, but it is is recognised that excess levels of the female hormone oestrogen  do play a significant part. Conventional treatment options are limited, but there are some natural remedies that will help to support a healthier  hormone balance.

How can you help yourself?

DIET

The first step is to eat a hormone balancing diet. See here for details. But the essentials of such a diet include:

  • Plenty of fruit and vegetables
    Complex carbohydrates – whole-grains such as brown rice, oats and wholemeal bread
    Foods high in phytoestrogens such as Pulses – lentils, chickpeas, soya products and linseeds
    Plenty of fibre
    Avoiding sugar.
    Reducing saturated fat especially from red meat and dairy products
    Good quality oily foods such as oily fish, nuts, seeds, flax oil
    Plenty of healthy fluid, eliminate or reduce caffeine, cut out or reduce alcohol
    Avoiding foods with additives, preservatives and chemicals

Extra Tip – Eat More Broccoli!
Broccoli is something of a superfood. Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables and contains powerful substances called indole-3-carbinol (I3C) and di-indolylmethane (DIM). These substances are known to  have a positive impact on oestrogen balance in the body. This means that something as simple as eating more cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cress, bok choi, kale and Brussels Sprouts may help to support a healthier oestrogen balance.

SUPPLEMENTS

Supplements can help in several ways; by boosting your immune system, by helping to reduce the excess oestrogen and by helping to relieve painful symptoms.

Useful supplements include:

Omega3 – fatty acids to help ease inflammation and cramps.
Magnesium – for easing cramps caused by muscle contraction
Zinc – for hormone balance
B Vitamins – help with re-processing of old oestrogen, reduce inflammation and help with pain
Vitamin C – boosts the immune system and helps to get rid of endometrial patches

HERBS

Particularly useful herbs include

Agnus Castus – helps to balance the hormonal system
Milk Thistle – supports the liver in its job of detoxifying the body

Please note this is just a brief summary of the condition. Every woman will have an individual experience and will need specifically tailored treatment, but this article will give you some ideas on how to go about helping yourself.

Comments

  1. Oh Boy, I sure wish I had known of these tips and alternatives 25 years ago when I was suffering so much fron endometriosis. It took 6 surgeries and then a hysterectomy before I got any relief. I’m thinking your approach would have been a much healthier one! Thanks for helping others know how to tackle this tuffie.
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    • OMG poor you – its a shame the medical fraternity don’t promote these ideas and let people know there are alternatives

  2. Very informative blog! Thank you for all the useful information. Hopefully it will benefit many as endometriosis is very painful. Great blog, thank you for posting!
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