Endometriosis occurs when cells lining the inside of uterus grow abnormally in the abdominal cavity.
An endometrioma is an ovarian cyst filled with old blood from endometriosis. This article examines holistic self-care measures
Wellness Nutrition for Endometriosis
What you eat if you have endometriosis is very important to your state of wellness. Especially
suspect foods are all dairy products, sugar, processed foods and alcohol.
* To reduce endometriosis, move toward a wellness diet of
50 percent raw organic vegetables and fruits. Eat only whole-grain cereals, breads and pastas, and raw nuts and seeds.
sugar and sugary foods, alcohol, caffeine, dairy products, fried foods, foods that contain additives, all hardened fats, junk
foods, fast foods, red meats, poultry (unless organically raised and skinless), refined and processed foods, salt, and shellfish.
* If you have heavy
monthly bleeding due to endometriosis, sprinkle your food with kelp (health food store item) to help restore the iron you've
lost. (You can also cook in iron pots and eat lots of beets, kidney beans, and blackstrap molasses (1 tablespoon every day
will provide iron and energy).
* Eat foods high in vitamin K to help with normal blood clotting, including wheat germ, alfalfa
sprouts, raw spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, and baked or steamed potatoes, carrots and peas.
* If you have endometriosis,
eat foods high in vitamin E and the B-vitamins to provide energy, balance hormones, relieve stress, and promote blood cell
productivity. Eat at least several of these foods daily: sunflower seeds, wheat germ, whole wheat bread and cereals, rolled
oats, asparagus, brown rice, raisins, lima beans, *organic soy burgers, tempeh, salmon, prunes, lentils,
peanuts, tuna, white beans, bananas, walnuts, sweet potatoes, sardines, herring, trout, mackerel.
It's also important to take at least 1 B-50 (B-complex) vitamin capsule a day and at least
400 IU vitamin E a day. (See link below to vitamins and supplement source.)
* Use powdered garlic in cooking. It has antibiotic and antitumor
properties that may help with endometriosis.
* It's important
to use only organic soy products, as much of the soy in the U.S. is genetically-engineered; although there is controversy
about soy as being an estrogen-enhancer, Dr. Weill's excellent article provides the evidence that supports eating
soy. Find it at http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA76903
Exercise for Endometriosis
Studies have shown that women who report
frequent, high-intensity exercise can reduce their risk of endometriosis by 76%! Low intensity, and low
frequency exercise doesn't work. Find a trainer or exercise program to develop a program that suits you or join in the
early morning workout on Lifetime TV. Start slowly and build up to a high intensity, but not high impact, workout. Walking,
biking, aerobics, weight lifting are some examples, depending on your interests and body.
Castor Oil Packs
Christianne Northrup, M.D. Suggests using castor oil
hot packs to the lower abdomen at least three times a week for one hour each time to soothe the discomfort of endometriosis.
and feelings influence your state of wellness and thereby, your endometriosis
Scientists have shown there is an intimate connection
between your thoughts, emotions and immunity. The cause of endometriosis is unknown, but it may be an auto-immune condition,
in which the body makes antibodies against its own tissues. In this sense, it cannot be cured by conventional medicine. The
immune system is highly sensitive and its success is based upon its ability to distinguish self from non-self. You can turn
this around by helping your immune system carry messages from your mind to help yourself heal.
How to identify your thoughts and feelings that
may be reducing your wellness
Find a quiet spot where you won't be interrupted, get into a comfortable position and ask
yourself these questions and jot down your answers. It might be preferable to start a journal and write about these issues
until you have clarity and a plan in mind.
* What needs do I have that aren't being fulfilled?
* What do I need to do to start getting them met?
* What would you like to see happen in your life that would nourish you more
How can you make that happen?
* Am I getting
* How can I get more rest if I need to?
* Do I feel frustrated, disappointed or insecure about anything?
* How can I let those feelings go and begin to replace them
with calm, joy and
* Do I need to feel more fulfilled?
* How can I fill myself up when others don't meet my needs?
Putting positive thoughts in your head
abound. Put some positive ideas in your mind that can help heal you. Here are some affirmations to write, read, think and
speak daily. Choose the ones that resonate with you and place them on 3X5 cards in prominent places in your environment where
you'll read and be influenced by them.
*I am capable of healing myself.
*I am strong.
*I am desirable.
*I am fulfilled.