I hear this a lot, “I have endo so there’s nothing I can do.”
Well that isn’t quite true. Just because conventional medicine doesn’t have a cure for something, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a path that leads to healing.
Conventional medicine is stuck on the drug and cut approach to health. Those can be quite useful if you break your leg or have a ruptured appendix, but that approach does not work for chronic conditions. Endometriosis is a chronic condition that has a root cause so if you can get to the root cause, you can get on the path to healing.
Our human bodies are quite magical. Cells can regenerate, toxins can be expelled, and when one part of the body is unwell, another part takes over to keep your body moving and functioning.
Endometriosis happens when tissue that is similar to the tissue that lines your uterus (the endometrium) is found outside the uterus. It might involve the fallopian tubes, ovaries, intestines and the tissue lining your pelvis and it can be quite painful.
The conventional approach to endometriosis is ablation or birth control pills, neither of which will solve the problem. You’ll just have to keep getting ablations or keep taking pills.
Usually, the problem in endometriosis is way too much estrogen and not enough progesterone. Balancing your hormones can go a long way to get you on that healing path and it will most likely have a positive on other things, too, like libido.
Here are some things you can do to get on the path of healing:
- Get plenty of vitamin A from animal foods. Include foods like liver, eggs (particularly the yolk), butter and cream from pasture fed cows. You might need a supplement or cod liver oil depending on how severe your symptoms are.
- Avoid vegetable oils, trans fats, soy products and refined carbohydrates.
- Minimize caffeine as it can disrupt the endocrine system.
- Add seaweed to your diet for increased iodine. Maine Coast kelp flakes is a good option. You may need iodine supplements but it’s best to be under the care of a knowledgeable practitioner for that. Iodine helps estrogen metabolize down the healthy pathway and boosts progesterone.
- Consider the supplement chaste tree (vitex) which can help increase progesterone production. You may also benefit from progesterone cream but I recommend being under a doctor’s care for that.
- If you’d like to try something a little woo woo, take a minute every day to notice the cycle of the moon and compare it to where you are in your cycle. Take a long walk under the full moon.
Another thing to think about that is rarely brought up is trauma. Many chronic conditions have their origin in some kind of trauma, so it can be very helpful to do healing around any trauma that you have experienced in your life.
Healing won’t come immediately. It took time to develop the problem, it will take a little time to balance everything out. Be patient and kind to yourself during the process. You can keep up with me on Instagram and Facebook @themommymaker.