Endometriosis is a painful inflammatory condition, in which tissue that typically grows within the uterus (endometrium) grows outside of the uterus. We offer a free hormonal health eBook dedicated to the matter.
Natural Tips For Managing Endometriosis:
- Know that endometriosis is not a hormonal condition. It’s an inflammatory disease that’s affected by hormones.
- 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. Read more here.
- 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.
- 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.
- Green tea is highly recommended for its anti-inflammatory properties.
- 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.
- Remove plastics and endocrine disruptors from your environment (food storage containers, water bottles, personal care products including anything containing parabens and phthalates). Read more here.
- In addition to your doctor, consider adding a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist, Massage Therapist, Sex Therapist, and/or Naturopathic Doctor to your health team.