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Five Natural Remedies for Symptoms of Endometriosis

Although endometriosis is a chronic disease, there are certain factors that can help you to better cope with the condition and optimize your day-to-day life.
Five Natural Remedies for Symptoms of Endometriosis

Last update: 08 May, 2021

Endometriosis is a painful disorder in which the endometrium, a tissue similar to that lining the inside of the uterus, grows outside the uterus. To date, there’s no effective treatment available that can resolve this medical condition that affects a significant percentage of women.

So, if you suffer from endometriosis, you should try these alternatives you think may fit your particular needs.

The complexity of endometriosis

To begin with, the causes of this disease, characterized by an unusual growth of tissue in the endometrium itself and even outside the uterine cavity, aren’t known for sure. It’s undoubtedly very complex, and women who experience it see their quality of life decrease.

In fact, it’s a silent pain whose impact always depends on the location of the endometriosis tissue. It can even reach the intestines and bladder.

There are patients with very sensitive situations. For instance, there are even young girls who need a catheter to be able to urinate without pain. Other women must undergo a whole series of complex operations to resolve the problem. However, these surgeries never truly get rid of the pain.

Treating endometriosis

The treatment associated with endometriosis almost always involves surgical interventions and hormonal treatments that regulate the production of estrogen. However, something worth remembering is that you should never be left with just one option when facing a chronic illness.

Your doctor must prescribe the treatment. However, making some lifestyle changes may also help to alleviate the symptoms.

The multidimensional approach, which combines medical therapies with natural and even psychological treatments, can be extremely helpful. So, try it out!

1. Food remedies for endometriosis

Some papaya to relieve the symptoms of endometriosis.

First, we have to clarify that changing your eating habits won’t cause endometriosis to heal on its own. What you can achieve by eating the right foods is reduced swelling, regulated estrogen production, and a stronger immune system.

Take note of the following tips:

  • Increase your fiber intake
  • Reduce your consumption of unhealthy fats but increase your consumption of healthy fats like omega 3:
    • Broccoli
    • Nuts
    • Salmon
    • Avocado
    • Canned sardines
    • Olive oil
    • Flaxseed
  • You should consume organic products and your diet should be as natural as possible at all times. Research indicates that a gluten-free diet can help with this.

Specifically, studies such as the one carried out by a team of researchers at the Tor Vergata University of Rome indicate that the painful symptoms of endometriosis decrease after 12 months of following a gluten-free diet.

2. Increase your intake of vitamin D

Another of the remedies for symptoms of endometriosis revolves around vitamin D. Most patients with endometriosis are prescribed drugs to regulate the production of estrogen.

This medication may cause a calcium deficit. This is why you need to check with your doctor about the need to take vitamin D supplements.

3. Keep a calendar of your symptoms

A woman’s body follows a cycle and endometriosis is usually regular in its symptoms.

  • In order to anticipate certain symptoms, it’s very helpful to have a calendar or diary to take note of what you feel, what hurts you and what worries you
  • You’ll gradually get to know a little more about your disease and this will always give you an advantage

4. Perform exercises to reduce the pain associated with endometriosis

A woman doing exercise on a mat.
The bridge can be made with or without support (rubber ball or cushion).

Physical exercise is one of the best remedies for symptoms of endometriosis. However, it’s necessary to keep a few things in mind:

  • Do exercise that you enjoy or that benefit your health the most. This is because above all the aim is to increase the production of endorphins. Therefore, you should choose an exercise that won’t exhaust you, but that you will enjoy.
  • Exercise for no more than 10 minutes in a row. These exercises should be moderate. They should also help you relax as well as sweat.
  • You can go for a walk, dance or practice swimming; your heart needs to pump properly to improve blood circulation.
  • Exercising regularly will also decrease the amount of estrogen your body produces

5. Rest regularly

Endometriosis can affect many areas of your life. For instance, it can affect you physically, emotionally, professionally and can even affect your sex life.

  • It’s complicated, sensitive and, above all, disabling in many ways
  • There are women who feel misunderstood, who don’t have all the support they need from their environment, their family and even from work
  • We know that eventually things will gradually improve and that society will be much more understanding to those who have this disease. However, in the meantime, it’s essential that you prioritize and take care of yourself if you suffer endometriosis.
  • Remember that factors such as stress, fatigue and days where it seems like you cannot fulfill your responsibilities are exhausting
  • When you’re overwhelmed and tired, you should disconnect and rest. Give yourself some “me” time. It’s essential that you take some time out. You can use this time to recharge so you can face the pain even better.

In summary, endometriosis is a complicated disease that should always be treated by a specialized physician. However, these recommendations can be a complementary treatment to the one indicated by the professional.

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