Endometriosis Awareness Month - March 2019
Endometriosis is a painful, chronic, inflammatory condition with an abnormal immune response in which the uterine lining grows outside the uterus. It affects around 10% of women of reproductive age in the Western world. It is an increasingly modern disease!
The misplaced tissue develops into growths or lesions that respond to the menstrual cycle in the same way that the uterine lining does: each month the tissue builds up, breaks down and sheds. The blood and tissue shed from endometrial growths have no way to leave the body and can cause pain, infertility, scar tissue, adhesions and bowel problems.
High levels of estrogen and environmental toxins/pathogens have been suggested as possible causes for endometriosis and successful treatment using natural progesterone, nutrition, herbs and homeopathy support this.
The following nutritional tips are to reduce inflammation and exposure to substances that can increase the level of estrogen in the body:
· Consume cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts regularly to assist with estrogen metabolism.
· Avoid inflammatory foods – gluten, dairy, soy, corn, sugar.
· Avoid plastics that come onto contact with foods as they can be endocrine disruptors. Heating food in plastic must be avoided.
· Aim to eat clean foods as much as possible – wild-caught seafood, grass-fed meat, organically produced fruit and vegetables.