Endometriosis: Fight it with a healthy lifestyle

Endometriosis: Fight it with healthy lifestyle

More than 100 million women suffer from endometriosis worldwide. But still many women have not heard of it or have misunderstood the disease. So the disease usually remains undiagnosed and untreated. Endometriosis is a malfunction of the women’s reproductive system.

It focuses on the reproductive organs and the pelvic region of a woman’s body. It is because of the implantation and growth of uterus tissues, i.e., endometrium, in areas it shouldn’t. You may suffer from symptoms of painful periods, heavy menstrual bleeding, lower back pain, and pain during sex etc.

Some simple lifestyle tips can help in the treatment of endometriosis.

1. Healthy diet
For women with endometriosis healthy eating is important as it helps them to tolerate the medical treatment, cope with the side effects and boost up their energy level. The diet should contain omega 3 fatty acid, which stimulates positive prostaglandin production. Omega 3 fatty acid can be obtained from flax and walnut oil. In addition to this the uptake of saturated fat, butter, and meat should be reduced. The diet should be rich in fiber. Good sources are vegetables, fruits, brown rice, and whole grain. Cabbage, broccoli, and turnip should be consumed to modulate estrogen level. Avoid consumption of dairy products, chocolate, tinned food, and refined sugar.

2. Stay active
Studies have shown that women who are less involved in exercises have higher chance of endometriosis. If you cannot
indulge in vigorous exercise due to severe pain than do simple aerobics or tread mill. Yoga practice can be very beneficial
especially before periods. The best asanas are Pavanamuktasana and Sukhasana.

3. Soothe your pain with heat therapy
Use heat therapy to alleviate the symptoms of pain. This can be done by placing hot water bags or bottles on tummy. Drink warm water, hot ginger tea and green tea. You can have warm food items like soups and broths.

4. Avoid alcohol, smoking, and caffeine
Avoid alcohol as it consumes the vitamin B stored in stomach. Quit smoking as it leads to earlier menopause and osteoporosis. Caffeine consumption should be cut down to cope with endometriosis. Studies have shown that too much caffeine can increase estrogen level and can worsen the pain.

5. Get help for painful intercourse
Endometriosis might lead to pain during intercourse. You should take medical help for this and consult a doctor to reduce such pain. Try to involve your partner in other activities that can strengthen the relationship. A healthy relationship is very important in such conditions.

6. Stress management
Stress aggravates the condition of endometriosis. This is because stress causes cramping of abdominal muscles and hence the squeezing of extra tissue lining from the uterus. Stress can be managed by practicing deep breathing, getting adequate sleep, and by staying motivated. You can also take help from counselors.

7. Block prostaglandin hormone
Prostaglandin in women’s body promotes inflammation, uterine contraction, and pain. This hormone is, therefore, linked to endometriosis. Certain non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) blocks prostaglandin and help to relieve pain due to endometriosis. Ibuprofen and naproxen are common examples. But these drugs should be taken only after proper consultation with doctor.

8. Take vitamin supplements
It has been found that vitamin B helps liver to process estrogen effectively. So take multivitamin supplements and minerals after consulting your doctor.

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