Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Obviously Endometriosis has nothing to do with Mary Poppins or her amazing song (Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious) still… I thought it was clever 😉
The fact is Endometriosis is far from joyful and if you’ve experienced it, you know you wouldn’t be able to sing many fun song while emerged in a pit of exploding pain!
Well, let’s take a step back, incase you’re not familiar with Endometriosis yet. Endometriosis affects more than 11% of American women between 15 and 44. (though it is more common amongst women in their 30s and 40s). Many women with endometriosis aren’t diagnosed right away – many women believing it is just severe period problems. Though researchers think the condition affects as many as one in every two women who are experiencing infertility.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis, nicknamed “endo,” is a common health problem in women. The name comes from the word endometrium, which is the tissue that lines your uterus. Endometriosis happens when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of your uterus. It can grow on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, vagina, cervix, vulva, bowel, bladder, or rectum or even on your abdomen. This endometrial tissue responds to your hormonal shifts, like the ones that cause your menstrual cycle.
What can be done about it?
Currently, conventional medical interventions for endometriosis are limited. Endometriosis is caused from inflammation, estrogen excess, and an abnormal immune response.
So far, the best known way to treat it is with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen, or surgery. Both options are to help control the pain but neither fix the root cause.
Before those options, it can’t hurt to try using life changes to help reduce inflammation, strengthen your immune system, and balance your hormones. Improving these elements will make a difference reducing symptoms.
How can you prevent Endometriosis?
The condition currently isn’t preventable but remember, Endometriosis is caused from inflammation, estrogen excess, and an abnormal immune response.
Reduce your bodies inflammation! If you’re wanting to reduce inflammation you’ll want to stay away from foods that cause inflammation such as refined carbohydrates (white bread and pastries), fried foods, sodas, red meats and margarine (shortening and lard).
The foods you should embrace are anti-inflammatory foods such as tomatoes, olive oil, leafy greens, nuts, fatty fish and fruits (blueberries, cherries and oranges). Vegetarian diets tend to reduce inflammations as well as well as a Mediterranean diet (this diet being high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, and healthy oils).
Lower your bodies estrogen! You can reduce your chances of developing it by lowing your bodies estrogen levels.
- Exercise regularly, as much as possible, we’ve already spent some time talking about the large amount of benefits exercise has! Studies also show that fat cells produce extra estrogen, so losing weight decreases estrogen levels in people who are overweight or obese.
- Eating certain foods may reduce the body’s levels of estrogen, including: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale, mushrooms, red grapes, flaxseeds and whole grains.
- Avoid drinking large amounts of alcohol and drinks with caffeine. There are so many reasons this is helpful for your overall health and happiness (we’ve talked about it before) but did you know that both alcohol and caffeine raise estrogen levels? If you can cut back, or have less, it will really help your body.
Boost your immune system! Remember one of the reasons for endometriosis is abnormal immune response. Researchers are exploring the effects of diet, exercise, age, psychological stress, and other factors on the immune response. Though they are still diving into the complexity of it, they state that giving your immune system the upper hand with healthy-living is a great corse of action!
It’s recommended that you:
- Exercise regularly
- Minimize stress
- Get adequate sleep
- Eat well (with a diet high in fruits and vegetables)
- Don’t smoke
- If you drink, only drink in moderation
Hopefully some of these suggestions work for you and help you live your best life.
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