Endometriosis and dealing with

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Endometriosis is a condition where endometrial tissue lining the womb,  grows outside of the uterus, usually in the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the bladder or the bowel. It responds to the natural hormonal cycle and will shed blood, which often becomes trapped within body cavities causing pain and inflammation.

The most common symptoms include:

– Pain before and during periods

– Pain on ovulation

– Pain during or after sexual intercourse

– Infertility (up to 40% of sufferers cannot conceive)

– Heavy or irregular bleeding

– Fatigue

– Depression

– Susceptibility to Stress

– Painful bowel and bladder movements

– Back pain with periods

– Nausea /vomiting

Past treatments usually offered are based on drug therapy or surgical removal of tissue fragments or organs. Neither of the two options offers a good cure rate. Nutritional approach is currently becoming more and more popular as an effective method of controlling the condition.

Underlying functional imbalances -e.g. oestrogen dominance, when oestrogen is out of balance with progesterone, which has been known to affect the development of endometriosis

Lifestyle and environmental factors e.g. xeno-oestrogenss act in the same way as natural oestrogens in the body. (Check my last post on oestrogen imbalances)

The liver can be overly stressed due to vitamin deficiency and the conversion and removal of excess oestrogens and toxins. In turn it will often place stress on the thryoid gland, causing possible problems there.

Supplements/Foods that can help;

Green Cruciferous vegetables

Soluble(oat brain etc) and insoluble fibres(fruit n veg) unless bowel issues or advised otherwise.

A good B Vitamin Complex

Magnesium Citrate

Zinc Citrate

Omega 3 Fish Oils

Blue Cohosh

 

Look to Avoid, or limit heavily;

Wheat and grain products

Citrus Fruits

High Fat and Processed foods

Unpeeled fruit and veg due to pesticide absorption.

Reduce sugars, alochol, caffeine and white wheat products.(for their B Vitamin reduction properties)

Avoid Chlorinated products as much as possible – tap water

Avoid Oestrogencic herbs like Dong Quai, Black Cohosh, Ginseng and Liquorice Root.

 

 

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