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Endometriosis: Nutrition and Stress Factors
If you have endometriosis (Endo) then the tissue that lines your uterus, known as the endometrium, will be growing in other places. Endo means that endometrial tissue is growing outside the uterus in places like the ovaries, uterus, bowel and lining of the pelvic cavity. People who suffer from endo can have it in a mild or severe form.
Symptoms vary widely. They can include reduced fertility, painful periods, ovulation pain, painful intercourse, pain in the lower back, bowel symptoms and bladder symptoms. Endo can cause pain around the time of a woman’s period, but some woman experience pain almost continuously. However, some women experience no symptoms at all.
Whether or not your doctor recommends you have surgery with the aim of removing as much of the endometriosis as possible, it is worth looking into other methods that are non-invasive to reduce the symptoms.
Endo can be triggered by a combination of factors including hormone imbalances, nutritional deficiencies and stress. So taking steps to achieve optimal health and to de-stress make sense.
Modifying what you eat and drinking lots of water is the first step (click here for the Ivfworld Stone Age Diet). Finding a nutritionists who specialises in fertility will provide you with the vitamin and mineral supplements that can help make up for nutritional deficiencies and assist you with allergy management.
The following supplements may be suggested by your nutritionist: a multivitamin and mineral to make sure you’re receiving a little of everything; B vitamins which help to convert oestrogen into weaker and less dangerous forms, can help those who suffer from period pains and have anti-inflammatory properties; Vitamin E as it can reduce menstrual cramps; Vitamin C which is important for the immune system that needs to destroy the endo as it occurs; Bioflavonoids that help to prevent inflammation; Magnesium as it relaxes muscles and can help reduce pain around the time of a woman’s period; Essential Fatty Acids as they also help reduce pain and inflammation; and Zinc as it helps the metabolism of Essential Fatty Acids.
The second step is the all-important element of stress, which is worth tackling with relaxation techniques that work for you such as acupuncture, meditation CDs and yoga. The key is to de-stress on a regular basis and ideally to make it part of your daily routine.
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