by Emily Wade Adams, CNC for Natal-Nutrition.com
Endometriosis is a common, painful disease that affects up to 15% of menstruating women. For many of those women, the fear of infertility is almost as dreadful as the pain. And those fears are warranted: up to 50% of women suffering from endometriosis also experience infertility.
The cause of endometriosis is still unknown, and conventional treatments range from ineffective to surgical. But current research suggests that changes in diet and lifestyle can greatly reduce the symptoms and severity of the disease – while naturally improving the odds of conception.
From a holistic perspective, the top priorities for women with endometriosis should be decreasing estrogen, inflammation, and known endometriosis triggers; and improving immunity, liver & GI function, and exercise. The following protocol can help women suffering from endometriosis manage their symptoms, heal, and boost fertility:
- Commercial meat & dairy: non-organic meat & dairy may contain hormones that mimic estrogen, and there is evidence that dioxins found in commercial animal foods can increase the likelihood and severity of endometriosis
- Alcohol: can exhibit estrogenic effects
- Sugar: can exhibit estrogenic effects
- Toxic personal care & cleaning products: can exhibit estrogenic effects
- Caffeine: consumption is directly correlated with incidence and severity of endometriosis
- Polyunsaturated cooking oils (canola, soy, safflower, corn, sunflower): can increase inflammation
- Anti-inflammatory foods like non-GE salmon (omega-3’s), turmeric
- Fiber (plant-based diet): improves GI function
- Lipotropic (liver-supporting) foods: Onions, garlic, leeks, beets,broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, artichokes, bitter herbs like dandelion root, and milk thistle: improve liver function
- Probiotic supplements: improve GI function
- Fermented foods like sauerkraut, real pickles and yogurt: improve GI function
- Exercise: can decrease estrogen levels
- A 1- to 3-day cold-pressed juice fast: improves liver function
- An elimination diet: may boost immunity by identifying food allergies/sensitivities
- Filtering tap water: eliminate compounds that exhibit estrogenic effects
By following the above guidelines, women suffering from endometriosis can naturally reduce their symptoms and improve their fertility. A natural reproduction specialist or fertility prep program can help make these changes easy – and permanent.
Emily Wade Adams is a Certified Nutrition Consultant at Natal Nutrition and creator of the Priming the Bump Fertility Prep Program. To learn the secret tactic you can use tonight to boost your odds of conception, click here or visit her website.