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Relieve endometriosis naturally

Relieve endometriosis naturally

Endometriosis can make your menstrual cycle painful. But there are things you can do to help you feel better - here's how to relieve endometriosis naturally.

Relieve endometriosis naturally

Endometriosis is a condition that involves the abnormal growth of endometrial tissue in areas other than the uterus, where it should grow. It is a common cause of infertility in Western societies, yet its exact cause is unknown.

Symptoms vary but are commonly worse during menses. These range from pain before menses and lasting a day or two to vomiting, diarrhoea, fainting due to pelvic and abdominal cramping, pressure on the back, pain radiating down the leg, pain with urination or bowel movements, nose bleeds and fatigue. 

It is frequently misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome due to its impact on the bowel, however an early diagnosis of endometriosis is vital and can make a huge difference to a woman’s reproductive years and long-term health.

How to relieve endometriosis naturally

A low animal protein diet that is high in organic plant-based foods is most desirable when it comes to managing endometriosis and its symptoms. Vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower all contain the powerful compound indole-3-carbinol, which has proven positive in down regulating oestrogen, a major aim in treating endometriosis. These should be eaten regularly, if not daily, by women who suffer from the condition.

Certain unfavourable bacteria in the digestive system can increase oestrogen recirculating in the system. In order to keep gut flora balanced, it’s important to consume a high-fibre diet that will optimise intestinal transit time and displace unfavourable bacteria.

Since the liver processes hormones, keeping it clean and functioning well is vital. Eating vegetables that are known to support liver detoxification – for example carrots, beets, artichokes, dandelion greens, lemons and watercress – will help ensure optimal processing of hormones.

Onion, garlic and leeks all contain immunity-enhancing organosulfur compounds and the bioflavonoid quercetin. These protect against oxidation, block inflammation and inhibit tumour growth. Eating them frequently will reduce the risk of immune-associated complications.

Consuming oils such as evening primrose and borage oil will provide beneficial GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), while flaxseed, walnut and pumpkin seed oils will provide ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) to help decrease tissue inflammation.

Vitamin C

This potent antioxidant boosts immunity and oestrogen excretion while decreasing fatigue. Include kiwifruit, citrus and berries in the diet as well vegetables such as capsicum and dark leafy greens.

Beta-carotene

A precursor to vitamin A, beta-carotene enhances immunity and protects against early stages of tumour growth, an important consideration in oestrogen dominant conditions. Enjoy sweet potato, carrot and leafy greens.

Vitamin E

This fat-soluble vitamin has been shown to help correct abnormal progesterone and oestrogen ratios. Tahini, sunflower seeds and almonds all contain high amounts as well as beneficial fatty acids to ensure adequate absorption.

B Vitamins

These vitamins help the liver inactivate oestrogens, an important factor in treating endometriosis. Whole grains provide a good mix of B vitamins, though short-term supplementation may be needed.

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