Endometriosis - Nutritional & Lifestyle Support

It’s a condition that a whopping 1 in 10 women suffer from, a lot of those unknowingly. It’s believed there is a delay in diagnosis for 7-10 years for most women, often because the symptoms are that common, they are considered “normal”.


COMMON DOES NOT MEAN NORMAL

Myth: Period pain is normal – you must have a low pain threshold.

Fact: Severe pain (dysmenorrhea) with menstruation is not normal and can be caused by endometriosis or other related conditions.


Myth: Everyone who has endometriosis has severe period pain.

Fact: Many individuals have no symptoms at all.


Endometriosis is a condition which causes endometrial tissue to develop outside the uterine cavity. The most common symptoms include:

  • Pelvic pain cycling with menses – AKA Period Pain (not always related to severity of disorder)

  • Dysmenorrhea – AKA irregular or absence of periods

  • Infertility

  • Pain with bladder/bowel function

  • Intestinal pain


Natural Management of Endometriosis

The goal is to normalise and balance hormonal ratios. The suppression of oestrogen and elevation of progesterone has been shown to reduce the development of endometriosis – so often, supporting the body’s ability to metabolize the excess hormones can dramatically improve symptoms! That means enhancing detoxification pathways.

Nutritional Support

  • Eliminate all known food intolerance's. The most common foods are dairy, wheat, citrus, corn and soy.

  • Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, refined foods, food additives, sugar, and saturated fats.

  • Avoid exogenous estrogens found in estrogen-fed poultry and pesticide-sprayed fruits and vegetables. Eat only organic poultry and produce.

  • Increase intake of fresh vegetables, whole grains, essential fatty acids (cold-water fish, nuts, and seeds), and vegetable proteins (legumes such as soy).

  • Include liberal amounts of liver-supporting foods such as beets, carrots, onions, garlic, dark leafy greens, artichokes, apples, and lemons.

Lifestyle

  • Incorporate low impact exercise into every day life. This may include walking or yoga.

  • Deep breathing techniques have been shown to support the bodies ability to manage stress (physical and mental).

  • Relaxation / Meditation, along with an active lifestyle


In addition to diet and lifestyle modification, Nutritional Supplementation is EXTREMELY important in the management of Endometriosis.



**This information is not designed to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any condition and is for information purposes only. Please discuss with your health care professional before making any changes to your current lifestyle**


References

Facts About Endometriosis. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development. NIH Publication no. 91-2413.

Hudson T, Lewin A, Gerson S, et al. Endometriosis (modality specific condition reviews) Protocol J Botan Med. 1996;1:30-46.

Kruzel T. The Homeopathic Emergency Guide. Berkeley, Calif: North Atlantic Books; 1992:112-114.

McQuade CA. Women's health workshop: endometriosis, fibroids, PMS and HRT. Medicines from the earth: exploring nature's pharmacy (official proceedings). Harvard, Mass: Gaia Research Institute; 1997:182-183.

Tureck RW. Endometriosis: diagnosis and initial treatment. Hospital Physician Obstetrics and Gynecology Board Review Manual. April 1997;3:1-8.

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