A few weeks ago I was diagnosed with Endometriosis. It is a common disease where the tissue from the uterus begins growing in other parts of the body. In a nutshell--I think my hormones are really screwed up. This began the month after I stopped nursing Logan. Prior to that, I was either pregnant or nursing for four years. It is odd how hard having a child is on a woman's body. Not just the birth itself, but the long terms effects that it can have on woman's body for years to come.
I've been doing a bunch of research to see how nurition and supplements can positivly effect this disease. It is amazing how much food affects our bodys. I've learned a bunch of stuff....here's a bit of what I found interesting. (Becca remember our conspiracy theray chat...seems we were on to something)
- Estrogen’s natural function is to stimulate cell growth. But excess estrogen contributes to unnatural growth. We know that American women have the highest levels of estrogen in the world. We believe that most of that excess comes from so-called xenoestrogens, compounds whose molecular structure is so similar to estrogen that they have estrogenic effects in the body. These compounds include the growth hormones common in milk and meat production, agricultural pesticides, the chemicals given off by plastics when heated in microwaves, and many other sources. Not surprisingly, for most of us such xenoestrogens are pervasive.
Diet for endometriosis
Change your diet to minimize xenoestrogen exposure. As much as you can, eliminate non-organic dairy products, beef and chicken. (Note that because organic foods contain no added growth hormones, there’s no reason to limit their consumption.)
Increase nutrient-rich foods, especially cruciferous vegetables, soy, cold-water fish and fiber, all of which support hormonal balance and help clear excess estrogen from the body.
Follow a whole foods diet, being mindful of carbohydrates, to support healthy insulin metabolism and thereby support overall hormonal balance. This includes limiting alcohol intake.
- Maintain healthy levels of body fat to limit endogenous estrogen production. Body fat is a secondary production site for estrogen, so excess weight often means excess estrogen.
- Supplement with vitamins and minerals to make up for what is lacking in your daily food intake, including calcium and magnesium.
- Supplement with phytotherapy to gently normalize hormone levels.
- Supplement with omega–3 essential fatty acids as a natural anti-inflammatory.
- Minimize exposure to xenoestrogens in your environment. Don’t microwave food in plastic wrap or containers, and try to minimize the use of plastics for food storage. Read our article on endocrine disruptors for more information.
- No red meat
- No chicken
- No dairy
- No wheat (which is in everything!!!)
- No simple carbs
- Very limited sugar
I've ordered a book which covers all that I'll need to know. So as I enter into 2010, looks like my diet will be changing a bit. We'll see! Isn't it amazing how the Lord designed his food to be so good for us--and actually heal us?
Wish me luck...