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Endometriosis solutions that worked for me…

This is part two of a post that started with my endometriosis story…you can read that post here

The body is both mysterious and easy to understand. It is both weak and powerful.

I’ve fought with mine so much over the years, and we aren’t done yet! For a long time, I lived a miserable existence with chronic endometriosis pain, not to mention migraine pain, fibromyalgia and digestive discomfort/imbalance. After trying many traditional medicinal and unconventional treatments, I had nearly resolved to accept a life a pain.

Until I came unglued at the idea of needless surgeries and hormonal treatments. I just couldn’t do it. So I took the following measures and with each one, I’ve experienced a noticeable degree of relief.

All of what I write about is based on the premise that no matter the cause of endometriosis, it’s estrogen that feeds it. Without estrogen, the clumps of cells will wither away unfed. Some solutions are also based on alleviating pain and stress.

 

Realizing that every body is unique, it’s obvious that there isn’t a blanket cure. Bummer! But I learned various tools and tricks from friends and others I trusted. Because they were brave enough to be authentic and share with me what was working for them. It’s my turn to pay it forward. Maybe something on this list of solutions will give you beautiful healing and hope.

I always say that busy moms will do just about anything to avoid illness. Sometimes we get stuck in it, and like a hamster on a wheel, we just keep running, never slowing down enough to realize that doesn’t need to be our stories.

Mine was rewritten beginning in 2015. Maybe it’s time you got a new testimony, too.

I’m sharing my solutions in the order I used them with some kind of scientific backing as to why it works for endometriosis (hormonal struggles). Sadly, women’s health issues are not studied near enough. Some of these are up-and-coming solutions that I hope and pray will be more thoroughly studied and written about for the benefit of women everywhere.

  1. GETTING RID OF GLUTEN
    This one is super powerful all on its own! My friend had some hormonal type issues and recognized gluten was a culprit. She took it out of her diet and had wonderful results. She shared her testimony with me for a couple of years. I simply did not want to change. I couldn’t imagine a life without gluten. I finally caved when my health was not improving. After six weeks, I didn’t recognize much of a change and ate gluten again. I had severe heartburn and digestive issues that had sent me to the ER numerous times over the years. I also suspected my stomach issues and endometriosis were tied together. This did not get rid of my endo pain at all, but it cured many of my digestive issues. However, check out the results of this study, where 75 percent of women reported statistically significant change in pain at 12 months and none reported worsening of symptoms. It is absolutely a great tool for women suffering from endometriosis. And the truth is, I was only exploring gluten-free on its own for a couple of months before I was on to the next tool.
  2. ELIMINATE COFFEE/CAFFEINE
    First off, coffee is especially dangerous because it’s filled with pesticides, mycotoxins and is acidic. These facts are well-documented all over the internet. My husband discovered this, and brought it to my attention. It took me several months before I was willing to give up my beloved relationship with coffee. Pesticides are an endocrine disrupter, so anyone with a hormonal disfunction will be especially sensitive to them. They will act as estrogen in the body and create all kinds of imbalance. This causes more pain or more days of a woman’s cycle in those with endometriosis. Here’s one study about the interruption in a woman’s system that can be caused by pesticide exposure: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1524969/. By the way, pesticides show up in all kinds of other foods, but coffee tops a lot of lists and my frequent consumption of it made it the most obvious thing for me to address first. Later, I began to cut meat and dairy from my diet. Here is a great blog post about the worst foods for pesticides. Coffee cup with burlap sack of roasted beans
    More recently, I’m learning that BOTH pesticides AND caffeine are problematic for endometriosis. I ended up drinking coffee again after the birth of my baby because I found a great organic, low-acid coffee (by Isagenix) that is screened for toxins. However, research indicates caffeine is problematic at least when it gets to two or more cups a day, so my next goal in 2018 is to reduce and eliminate coffee altogether to see if I feel better. My quest to healing is never-ending!  According to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, women who have two or more cups of caffeinated coffee (or four cans of cola) per day were found to be twice as likely to develop endometriosis as other women. The reason why caffeine has this effect is unknown.
  3. PRACTICE INTERMITTENT FASTING/KETOSIS
    Sadly, there just isn’t a lot of evidence out here for this one. That’s unfortunate because it’s where I experienced the biggest leap in terms of easing pain/symptoms of endometriosis. I used a nutrition system that is specifically designed for fat loss in desperation to avoid the laparoscopic scraping surgery. The premise behind intermittent fasting is for the body to burn fat for fuel rather than carbs, during which ketones are released putting the body in a state of ketosis. Ketosis is quite the buzz word, and it has many, many benefits. It’s a great lifestyle for many people. But it also has some real dangers. I would not recommend long-term ketosis without discussing it with your doctor. You probably ought to discuss IF with your doctor, too, but it’s not the kind of lifestyle that will harm you unless you are type 1 diabetic. I don’t know exactly HOW IF helped my endometriosis. Only that it gave my cells — all of them — a break. There are some neat videos of the cells before and after IF that show how it affects them. It’s a process of renewal and vitality. And yes, the body can detox itself no doubt. But IF assists it in doing this miraculous function. Personally I cannot imagine practicing IF without the tools that I used and share with others (namely Isagenix), but there are many people who use no tools or other tools. However you want to try it, please be open to it. This can have a huge impact on your overall health and especially with regard to pain! I’m happy to set you up with a 30-day complete system and coach you in your first IF experience. I live for this! Here is a full list of the benefits of IF, and here is a study regarding a different type of pain relief.
  4. MANAGE YOUR STRESS
    It’s a scientific fact that stress exacerbates endometriosis and vice versa. In fact, it may be a chicken and egg debate. If you don’t or aren’t managing your stress (emotional or physical), then you are on a hamster wheel. My stress was drastically improved on Isagenix namely because of adaptogens. These natural botanicals are uniquely able to help your body combat stress, focus your mind, and elevate your daily performance. There are many sources of adaptogens, but Ionix Supreme is my favorite. You can read about it here.
  5. PRACTICE YOGA
    Yoga has been huge for teaching me three things:

    1. Breathing: The gift of ratio, belly, Ujjayi (victorious) breath and mindful breathing has helped me to bring stress under control. But it has also helped alleviate pain and panic — when I had the flu, anxiety over one of my kids 23380083_10154831426201035_1211404866907118819_nand shoulder pain. Breathing is a gift; learning how to manipulate it for healing is like the bow on top!
      2. Stress: The practice of yoga has helped alleviate and manage stress. It reminds me to slow down and take care of myself. Don’t take my word for it. Yoga Clicks has hundreds of stories on the many physical and emotional benefit of yoga. Here are a few on anxiety.
      3. Postures: There are actual poses you can use to alleviate pain, in addition to breathing. This website is a great resource for yoga and hormone issues.
  6. TRY KRATOM FOR PAIN
    Not long ago, in the process of healing from the emotional trauma my physical pain had caused in my marriage, I had a setback. A painful period. Painful intercourse. I couldn’t believe it. I had been using all of these beautiful, wonderful tools. Don’t get me wrong, it was nowhere as severe as it could have been. But still. Grrrr. Then my friend Carolyn, who introduced me to Isagenix, posted that she’d been trying kratom successfully. I had never heard of it, but I trusted her. I did some digging and talking. And then I decided to give it a try. Holy moly, it’s simply amazing for pain. Anytime I’ve experienced any pain and taken it, even if my pain isn’t minimized (which is rare), it relaxes me to the point that I’m at least not lashing out in my pain at the people I love. That’s huge, y’all! kratomNo more mean momma PMS’ing. This is my new friend’s website. Again, I trust her and the woman who recommended me. Don’t google “cheap kratom.” Please. For the love. Don’t cheap out or cut corners on your health. Just don’t. If kratom both intrigues and concerns you, that’s good!. I get it! I hesitated on Isagenix for nine months while I got sicker because I googled it and saw a few negative testimonies. There are always some horror stories you can stumble on out there. Like anything else. And doctors are prescribing opioids for endo pain. So consider the alternative. I hated a life of prescriptions. I hated trading symptoms for side effects. This is a gentle, natural solution. Again, it might be great for you. But it might not. We are all different. And that’s OK! Here’s a fascinating story CNN did on the subject. I would love to see kratom get more mainstream attention. It is restoring relationships and bringing life and hope back to people!
  7. JESUS
    Truth be told, I tried Jesus before I even did a single thing on this list. I prayed and I prayed and I prayed that He would move the “mountain” that was my pain and misery. Frankly, I was a little pissed that He wasn’t doing anything to heal me or even acknowledge my prayers. Especially when I’d witnessed Him do it time and again with my husband and friends. Why them and not me? I had faith. I KNEW He could. I believed. Friends, I really, really believed. And then these things happened. He brought Isagenix into my life. And then when I surrendered, He introduced me to Holy Yoga. And when I had setbacks and my pain returned again (in a much smaller dose), He connected me with a lovely Christian lady who sells safe, organic kratom. Could He have healed me with just one word, one touch, in one breath? Of course He could have. As I was reflecting on why He didn’t one day, I drove my a rural church with a marquee that said, “I can move mountains, but sometimes it’s by handing you a shovel. — God.” Ah! I started to put the pieces together. My journey, as painful as it’s sometimes been, has allowed me to be more open, to share, to reach more and to help others move their mountains. He didn’t have to invite me to be part of His plans for healing, and yet He did. Jesus didn’t want to just give me a shovel for moving my mountain, He gave me shovels so I could be blessed to help others move their mountains, too. How awesome is that?

If anything in this blog blessed you or you think it might bless others, please share! I’d love nothing more than to reach and help multitudes of women suffering from endometriosis and related hormonal struggles.

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