Health Experts Offer Eight Natural Tips For Managing Endometriosis

  1. Know that endometriosis is not a hormonal condition. It’s an inflammatory disease that’s affected by hormones.
  2. A diet high in fiber, especially cruciferous vegetables, will help eliminate excess estrogen from the body and foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation. Consider taking a DIM (Diindolylmethane) supplement and Calcium D-Glucarate to further support the liver in metabolizing estrogen.
  3. Focus on anti-inflammatory foods: think bright colorful fruits and veggies, omega-3-rich fish, and lots of turmeric. Similarly, removing inflammatory foods like dairy and gluten from your diet can help manage symptoms. To help further reduce inflammation, consider supplementing with N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). Also, low zinc levels have been associated with increased inflammation in women with endometriosis; get your zinc levels tested and supplement accordingly.
  4. Because IBS is so common in people with endometriosis, you may want to look into Low FODMAP diet to see if it will provide any relief for your symptoms.
  5. Green tea is highly recommended for its anti-inflammatory properties.
  6. Ginger is a life-saver. A couple ginger capsules a day before you start bleeding, and during, can reduce your need for other pain medications.”
  7. Remove plastics and endocrine disruptors from your environment (food storage containers, water bottles, personal care products including anything containing parabens and phthalates).
  8. In addition to your doctor, consider adding a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist, Massage Therapist, Sex Therapist, and/or Naturopathic Doctor to your health team.

 

Our free hormonal health eBook is filled with tips from endocrinology specialists, registered nutritional dietitians, registered nurses, life coaches and more. The nine passionate practitioners that contributed to this post are: 
Dr. Lara Briden, ND
Jolinda Johnson, CHHC 
Dr. Masahide Kanayama, MD 
Cory Levin, MS, RDN
Dr. Meghan McNaughton, ND
Amanda Montalvo, RD
Dr. Laura Pipher, ND
Dr. Alexsia Priolo, ND
Dr. Caleigh Sumner, ND

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