Endometriosis is a condition that affects 10 percent of women who are of child-bearing age. It occurs when the tissues that normally grow inside the uterus grow in other locations. It is a notoriously painful condition, which many women have described as being more intense than childbirth. Internal scar tissue may eventually develop, which is a known cause of infertility. Medical books provide differing explanations as to why this condition is so incredibly painful, but there are only guesses, and endometriosis is not well understood by the orthodox medical establishment.
Estrogen’s natural function is to stimulate cell growth. But excess estrogen contributes to unnatural growth but that is something we can do something about. I 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 consist of the development hormones prevalent in milk and meat production, agricultural pesticides, the chemical substances offered off by plastics when heated in microwaves, and a lot of other sources, even down to tap water. A recent study I read even suggested that fish were changing sex in our rivers due to the high amounts of estrogen in them. How accurate this study was, I don’t know, but a scary thought never the less.
The disease can have a massive impact on the quality of life. Women with endometriosis have an 87% chance of depression, and an 88% chance of having mild to moderate anxiety. 63% of endometrial women have severe anxiety problems. Endometriosis sufferers are 4 times more likely to have allergy problems, and they are also 4 times more likely to have migraines. Many women with severe endometriosis are forced to go on disability, because their symptoms are so severe. The Internet is riddled with horror stories about those who committed suicide due to their endometriosis pain.
The Endometriosis Association has done massive amounts of research on the connection between endometriosis and dioxin exposure. Dioxins are a by product of chlorination, which is used to bleach sanitary towels and tampons. The bleaching process is known to release dioxins that remain on consumer products. This exposure, particularly in the case of tampons, could cause endometriosis or worsen it.
So where do we start in treating the problem?
The liver is the primary organ that is responsible for the elimination of toxins. When the liver is unsuccessful at flushing toxins, they sometimes remain in the liver forever. These liver toxins are the most common cause of liver impairment. The liver is responsible for the regulation of the sex hormones, including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
Lets get the liver functioning properly first.
When we talk about supporting liver health most people turn straight to milk thistle, which is a great product by the way and one I sell in the shop. However, I am very much a specialist and would totally recommend something like the Terranova Dandelion, Artichoke and Cysteine Complex in their Magnifood Complex. This complex is not only highly absorbable but works on both phases of the liver function. In my opinion the go to product for anything to do with liver health.
Two of my favourite products to work with regarding hormonal health and particular oestrogen are Dong Quai and Soya which can be incredible at lowering oestrogen in the body.
Depression and Anxiety.
For depression there are many good natural products that have been shown to be very effective for treating depression and Anxiety. Again I have a few favourites but my all time number one product for this is Rhodiola. I work with an incredible quality 100% natural and organic Rhodiola in which I get some incredible results. So check out LSC Nutrition Rhodiola.
This particular health issue is truly horrible and I hope this article may shed some light on the topic and more importantly help some of you who suffer.