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It is estimated that 1 in 10 women suffer with endometriosis during their reproductive years. Some of the most common symptoms include severely painful periods, irregular periods, painful intercourse, painful bowel movements, extreme fatigue and even infertility.
There is no known cure for endometriosis although effective relief with drugs is a consideration. However, the side effects of these drugs make this treatment a short–term option only. Another more drastic treatment is removal of the ovaries and hysterectomy. While this increases the chances of pain relief, the woman’s body is driven straight into menopause.
Always discuss your personal situation and treatment plan with your doctor, but before reverting to any radical solution, women with endometriosis should know they could find relief through natural methods.
Studies have shown that the following supplements can provide relief and positive results against endometriosis:
- Fish oil containing EPA and DHA works to inhibit the formation of adhesions and fibrous tissue.
- Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is great for shrinking the cysts and adhesions, helping the digestion, balancing the hormones and helping the liver. One or two teaspoons taken with water on an empty stomach is recommended.
- Seaweed, in powder form or as tablets, are beneficial too because they contain calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, manganese, proteins, fiber and a high iodine content that improves the thyroid function.
2. Change your diet
Studies have also supported that certain foods can decrease the risk and pain of endometriosis. For example:
Kale, Spinach, Collard Greens, Broccoli, Cabbage.
Tomatoes (especially cooked), watermelon, grapefruit, red peppers (especially cooked), asparagus (especially cooked), papaya, guava,
Brown Rice, Quinoa, Chia Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Nuts (keep to around 6-7 per day).
On the other hand, look to cut off some “bad for your condition foods” such as canned or frozen foods, soy, fats (except olive oil and coconut butter), fried food, dried fruit, coffee, alcohol, meat, hydrogenated fats, gluten, carbohydrates, sugar (in all its forms) and cow/sheep dairy.
Maintaining liver and colon health is very important and primarily to relieve any bowel problems associated with endometriosis. Besides a proper diet, start your day with fresh juices made with beetroot, carrots, apples, spinach, kale and lemon.
4. Pay attention to your liver
According to Chinese Medicine, if you are experiencing abdominal pain, PMS, depression, dry stool and bloating you may have what is referred to as “stagnant liver energy.”
When the liver functions are healthy, symptoms of endometriosis have been show to be greatly reduced. That is why you should constantly pay attention to your liver health. Do not eat big or rich meals (break out into multiple small meals per day) and exclude from your diet fried food or excessive dairy.
Other things you can consider are taking supplements to support liver health such as milk thistle and dandelion. Also, add lemon juice to all your smoothies or salads, cooked or steam vegetables if you suffer with bloat too often.
5. Be active
Endometriosis is often associated with the lymphatic system so get up and move! Pilates, yoga, brisk walking, swimming, biking, jogging – these are all very effective and can support your body in managing the difficult symptoms of endometriosis.