EndometriosisWhat is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition that occurs in women wherein the tissue that lines the womb tends to grow outside of the womb. These tissues, called the endometrial tissues are normally found in the pelvis, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.


What Causes Endometriosis?

Although the exact cause of endometriosis is not known, there are doctors who theorise that whenever a woman has her period or menstruation, the womb tissues do not only flow down towards the vagina, but also up the fallopian tubes. When this happens, the tissues would then be sticking to other parts of the body. These displaced tissues would behave in a like manner as if they were still in the womb. There are cases that it would be reabsorbed but in severe cases, cysts may form.


Diagnosis, Signs, and Symptoms of Endometriosis

Some of the symptoms of endometriosis are the following:

  • Pain during sexual intercourse, ovulation, or menstruation. You could also feel pain during bowel movement or when you are urinating.
  • Excessive bleeding. At times, you may experience having heavy periods or even bleeding between your regular periods.
  • Infertility. Women who are infertile are those who usually suffer from endometriosis.
  • Other symptoms to watch out for are fatigue, constipation, and nausea. These symptoms occur most especially during menstrual periods.


Remedies, Treatment, and Cure for Endometriosis

Women who suspect that they suffer from endometriosis must undergo a physical checkup in order to be sure. You can have a pelvic exam, an ultrasound, or a laparoscopy. Some doctors may prescribe medications or have you undergo surgery. However, most doctors would resort to surgery as a last recourse, and would always advise you to go for conservative treatments before opting for surgery.

Diet for Endometriosis

  • You must avoid alcohol. Try to steer clear of any beverage that contains alcohol.
  • Avoid saturated animal fats, which you could find in dairy, and red meat. These foods could elevate the oestrogen levels in the body and could actually put more strain to the liver. This would then increase the pain that you feel, as well as the inflammation.
  • Try to avoid foods that have a high sugar content as well since these could trigger inflammation. Avoid puddings, cakes, sweets, and fizzy drinks. Pastries must always be avoided.
  • If you are suffering from pain, reduce caffeine intake as this could greatly reduce the ability of the body to cope with pain. It also blocks the body’s ability to absorb essential minerals.
  • Avoid foods that could trigger sensitivities. Some of the known foods are wheat, and dairy.
  • Peel fruits and vegetables if they are not organic since pesticides are highly concentrated on this.
  • Reduce intake of wheat and wheat bran.
  • Go for fermented soya-based foods since these can help in controlling excessive oestrogen levels. You could also go for chickpeas, lentils, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.
  • You can also try adding sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, and linseeds, to your breakfast cereals. These could provide you with the essential fatty acids that you need, and they also aid in tissue healing. Nuts are good sources of essential fatty acids, except peanuts.
  • Eat plenty of oily fish like fresh tuna, salmon, mackerel, anchovies, and sardines. These have anti-inflammatory properties that could benefit your body.
  • Eat a lot of pineapple since it is rich in bromelain, and has an anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Ginger and turmeric also has anti-inflammatory properties and are very soothing within the gut.
  • Foods that are rich in carotenes are good for the health too. Some of these foods are carrots, pumpkin, spinach, parsley, cantaloupe melons, mangoes, and sweet potatoes.
  • Eat more avocados. This is rich in Vitamin E and can help reduce scar tissue that is associated with endometriosis.
  • Magnesium can help reduce cramping. Some foods rich in magnesium are almonds, cashew nuts, broccoli, and bananas.
  • Oats and brown rice have plenty of fibre, which actually binds to excess oestrogen so that it could be removed from the body.
  • Linseeds or flax seeds have stabilizing effect on the hormones. These are high in fibre and could help in eliminating excess oestrogen.
  • Dandelion coffee supports the lives and helps in removing excess hormones.
  • Fresh coriander must be made a part of your meals since this helps in removing toxic metals from the body.


Lifestyle Changes

Try to remove various chemicals that you can find in your home. Some of these chemicals might have a hormone disrupting action and could exacerbate your condition. Go for natural or organic products, even those home cleaners that you are using must be made from natural ingredients.


Exercise and Activity

Doing light exercises could help in raising endorphin levels. This could make you feel good and could also help in reliving the pain. Try to walk in daylight as this could help in lifting your spirits.


Relaxation and Meditation

  • Reflexology has been known to have a profound therapeutic effect. This could help in easing pain felt by those who suffer from endometriosis.
  • Massage your abdomen gently using lavender and other essential oils such as neroli. These have calming effect, and could help cramping.
  • Acupressure. You could alleviate cramping through acupressure.
  • Do not use tampons since these have been known to worsen the problem.
  • Hypnotherapy could help in managing pain.

Useful Remedies

  • Zinc (30mg per day). Sufferers of endometriosis have been known to be deficient in zinc. Having the right amount of zinc in the body could ensure proper fatty acids absorption and in balancing the hormones in the body.
  • Magnesium (200mg to 600mg per day). Endometriosis sufferers were found to be deficient in magnesium.
  • B-complex. This could help in supporting the liver enzymes in breaking down excess oestrogen. It also helps in proper absorption of fatty acids.
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