A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Endometriosis
I had a question the other day about endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a problem many women have during their childbearing years.
It means that a type of tissue that lines your uterus is also growing outside your uterus.
It doesn’t always cause symptoms.
And it usually isn’t dangerous.
But it can cause pain and other problems.
The clumps of tissue that grow outside your uterus are called implants.
They usually grow on your ovaries, fallopian tubes, the outer wall of your uterus, your intestines, or other organs in your belly.
Your uterus is lined with a type of tissue called endometrium.
Each month, your body releases hormones that cause the endometrium to thicken and get ready for an egg.
If you get pregnant, the fertilized egg attaches to the endometrium and starts to grow.
If you don’t get pregnant, the endometrium breaks down, and your body sheds it as blood.
This is your menstrual period.
When you have endometriosis, the implants of tissue outside your uterus act just like the tissue lining your uterus.
During your menstrual cycle, they get thicker, then break down and bleed.
But the implants are outside your uterus, so the blood can’t flow out of your body.
The implants can get irritated and painful.
Sometimes they form scar tissue or fluid-filled sacs (cysts).
Scar tissue can make it hard to get pregnant.
Experts don’t know what causes endometrial tissue to grow outside your uterus.
But they do know the female hormone estrogen makes the problem worse.
Women have high levels of estrogen during their childbearing years.
It’s during these years that women have endometriosis.
Estrogen levels drop when menstrual periods stop (menopause).
Symptoms usually go away then.
The most common symptoms are:
>Trouble getting pregnant.
To deal with endometriosis it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Increase your exercise, relaxation techniques, etc.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies; consider fresh juicing.
*Consider a liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider herbs, acupuncture, energy medicine techniques, hydrotherapy, etc.
*Address any emotional issues.
*Have a chiropractic assessment.
*Eliminate toxic exposures, both food and environment.
*Eliminate any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Eliminate sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Avoid dairy products.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Maintain a healthy weight.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*If you follow a vegetarian lifestyle or low caloric intake, it is essential to ensure proper intake of protein, B vitamins and essential fats.
*Apply heat for pain relief.
*Use natural non-toxic feminine products; avoid tampon use.
*Review my blog post on candida.
*Review my blog post on estrogen dominance.
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