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I know when I first found out I had Endometriosis, I went on a complete change with my eating. I thought that I could somehow dull the pain and heal myself through eating the right foods. I believed that it would be okay if I just ate healthy and led a less stressful life. Unfortunately, eating a healthy diet is not enough.
There is a big difference between “eating healthy” and eating for Endometriosis. When most people think of “eating healthy” they believe this is a simple, balanced diet which contains a little of everything and not too much of anything. They don’t eat much junk food, they don’t drink too much alcohol or eat too much sugar. They eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and have milk and dairy products in moderation. It sounds healthy, doesn’t it? It sounds like a perfect remedy for anyone wanting to be more healthy. Unfortunately, we are all largely misinformed about many of the so-called “healthy foods.” They are generally not as healthy as we like to believe. We have been given a false idea of “healthy” and it is no wonder then that our symptoms and conditions don’t seem to get dramatically better.
When I first explored Endometriosis and what it really is caused by, as in, the organs that control our hormones, how they work and how it all fits together, I was baffled by it all. I decided to visit a few different practitioners to get my head around it. The traditional Chinese medicine practice is based on the belief that it all relates back to the liver, which has contracted an “imbalance” or as they refer to it, a “blockage” in the area. They say it is like your body has contracted “the cold” in the area. Not a physical flu but as though the cold weather has entered your body. I found this interesting because the symptoms of having cold feet, hating cold weather, feeling hot flushes and getting headaches all made that seem to fit. It was a strange belief and the traditional Chinese medicine is a particularly hard one to understand from a western point of view. We like to label things and understand that a particular disease is present and yes, we like to simply take a tablet or have it taken out. This is not how the Chinese think at all. They believe the disease is formed and that the same way it is formed, the same way it can be flushed out by the body. One simply has to recreate a balance within the organs involved in creating the imbalance. They also use acupuncture as they illustrate acupuncture to invigorate the meridians that flow through the area where the “blockage” exists. It is interesting because they say the “blockage” is largely caused by strong emotions held in the body.
Homeopathy relates diseases and conditions to a miasm which is linked to our genetic history. They also strongly believe in the connection of our emotions and our body. They use tinctures to aid the body in healing but also focus on emotional healing.
I also have a good friend who is a naturopath and he illustrated to me that the liver is responsible for flushing out diseases and toxins in the body and that our liver is simply underactive and is therefore not able to expel the condition from the body. I started to look into this further and discovered some very interesting correlations with the liver and Endometriosis. For instance, did you know that the liver is responsible for the hormone level in our body? Did you know that the liver also is responsible for flushing out the fat content in our body? Did you know that the higher the fat content is in our body, the more hormones we have in our body as the liver is not able to flush it out? Interesting! Wow! I thought this was brilliant and really thought I had found a real organ that I could study and relate back to Endometriosis. It made perfect sense to me!
As a new-born, I had suffered from jaundice, which affects the liver and had always had problems with my bowels, nausea (even as a young child) and with my hormones. Once I delved deeper, I also discovered the sad connection between dioxin and Endometriosis! – You have to read about this one.
Anyways, I have gone a little off track…
The point is that we are not eating just to be healthy, we are eating and healing for Endometriosis. It is quite different. Some of us think that having a little butter or having a piece of meat every now and again is okay. We think this is part of a “balanced diet.” We might have a little milk every now and again or we might even have cake every now and again. We do, however, cut out many things too and we believe it is not fair that we still have pain. We go through these waves of pain that largely depend on what we eat and the stresses in our lives.
The process involved in eating for the liver is different. It is only marginally different but it is different. We eat to heal the liver rather than just eating to lose weight or “be healthy.” Let me explain:
The liver HATES fat. The liver HATES sugar. The liver HATES toxins/antibiotics/hormones. Every food that we eat that contains these will make it work less effectively, which is going to ultimately affect our Endo. Here are some foods that you probably eat, which are considered healthy but probably contain all or at least one of these:
These can contain dioxin, hormones and antibiotics if you are buying your meat from the standard supermarket. If you love your meat, have it in small quantities and make sure it is organic. Processing meat is also hard work on our digestion. Meat also has a high fat content.
They contain milk products which are derived from cows. Milk products are also loaded with fat. It is also not natural to be consuming milk as an adult. We are encouraging growths in the wrong places that way.
Sugar lowers our immune system and this plays havoc on the liver. One teaspoon of sugar in your diet, lowers your immune system for up to 2 hrs! A lowered immune system has been closely linked to Endometriosis. Some simple examples: marmalade, cereals, bread, jam, yogurt, chocolate, chutneys, etc. When you start reading labels, you will be amazed at what contains sugar. Sugar is like a toxin to the body! Now, these are just some basic examples but you are probably consuming at least some sugar every day. This sugar is lowering your immune system, making it harder on your body to heal. Sugar is found in so many places in our food, it is scary!
Shift your focus from just what the media tells us is healthy to foods that truly nourish the body.
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