I think the biggest mystery with Endometriosis is figuring out what might have been the cause. Somehow we think that if we knew the cause, perhaps we could figure out the solution, right?
Thing is, no one knows the cause and there are many different possible factors, many of which are hard to measure. I mean, how do we know if our mom’s had it, when they might not have been properly diagnosed? How do we know if we had it from a child, if we never got a proper examination as a baby? How do we know for sure what any of the possible causes are, and in the end does it really help us move forward?
For me, I think knowing that my mom had it or that Endometriosis might be hereditary helps a little. At least it takes the blame off myself. But it doesn’t help me to move forward. I am still stuck with having Endo and figuring out what I can do to get better.
What I have figured out over the years is that Endometriosis is ultimately stimulated and aggravated by 3 key things. Yes, they will vary according to each person and there are many, many factors involved but it gives us somewhere to start and somewhere to focus our attention on our healing journey.
So, here are 3 key starting blocks to figure out Endo:
1. Our immune system
I have noticed that many of us with Endo do share some commonalities with our immune system. It is usually low or we have auto-immune responses happening in the body. What I mean by this is that we have things like allergies and food sensitivities and any responses by the body which are elevated or heightened.
I strongly believe that this auto-immune response is what actually triggers the Endometriosis to grow. The key thing that many doctors and gynecologists mention about these “retrograde” cells of ours is that MOST women get them. The biggest difference is that their bodies are able to clean them out and flush them out of the body, without any reaction. What our bodies do is go into an overdrive and try and “fix” these cells, by sending “repair” cells to the area.
Our immune system is ultimately located in our gut. Yes, I know that sounds strange but this is where the good bacteria that protect us from disease etc grow. One of the other key things that many of us with Endo suffer from is candida. We generally have had some kind of candida overgrowth, either in the bowels or more systemic candida like thrush or in other parts of the body. The reason this candida becomes systemic is because we don’t have sufficient good bacteria in our gut to keep it under control.
These good bacteria are found in fermented foods and probiotics. We want to ensure we get back the control of candida so it doesn’t run rampant and take over!
The immune system doesn’t just rely on herbs and diet etc to protect it but also eliminating any of these overgrowths is key to getting back a normal balance within the body.
2. Your thyroid is struggling
I have recently been studying the effects of low iodine in women with Endometriosis and the figures are astounding. Most of us with Endometriosis have low thyroid function. This low thyroid function (hypothyroidism) is often a result of simply lacking enough iodine. What is interesting about this is that low iodine can trigger growths in the wrong places!
Correcting thyroid imbalances is so simple when you know how! I think I tried swallowing kelp tablets for months until I discovered I could simply eat seaweed!
When your thyroid struggles, it has implications on all your other hormone functions. This includes estrogen, progesterone and all those important ones you want for your healthy PMS and pain-free period. Low thyroid function is also directly linked to miscarriages.
3. We are carrying toxins
I think for many years I thought I could just control my Endo with my diet. I thought that if I ate well, it would all be good. The trouble was that the minute I didn’t eat well, I would feel like rubbish for 3 days straight! It felt like my body was just getting by on the good diet but should I push it any further, it would just keel over! Very annoying when you are traveling, believe me!
The biggest thing I noticed is how my body reacted when I did “fall off the wagon” was that it seemed to break out in bad skin, get achy all over and just feel incredibly tired and run down. It was like I was giving my body just too much work to have to deal with!
What on earth was it working on? Why was this little extra bit of toxicity from my food causing it to struggle?
The reality is, I have tried to wipe out the past 30 years of things I have done to my body. All the hormone treatments, all the painkillers and drugs to solve some or other side effect from some or other treatment I was on. I forgot about the countless antibiotics, the poor diet and the high stress for many years. All of these things are still there—I can’t just shove them under the carpet!
The biggest one I think I neglected for many years, which added to my toxic load, was my teeth. I had mercury fillings in for years and inflamed and infected gums. They would bleed every time I brushed them and I never considered that this was adding to the toxic load on my body. This indicates bad bacteria in the mouth and when we ignore them, they travel right down into the rest of the body.
Bad bacteria from anywhere are contributing to the toxic load on our health. This includes any candida overgrowths, bad mouth bacteria or anything you can think of that might be bothering you or causing some kind of discomfort.
We need to flush out these extra toxins. They are not going to leave our bodies that easily! Mercury and lead are strong heavy metals and they can stay stuck in the body for years!
There are many fantastic ways to flush out toxins from the body but the key point is that we need to get them out!
Endo can seem like a giant beast at times. I know for me, there always seemed to be new angles with it. I always seemed to find other factors, possible causes and various tangets to explore but in the end, these three starting blocks have always brought me back some sense of focus on what to do:
1. Make sure I have good digestion and plenty of good immune fighting tools like probiotics, fermented foods and herbs which boost immunity.
2. Eat plenty of iodine (seaweed is best) and check my thyroid function regularly. If my feet and hands are getting cold easily, it means things need rebalancing!
3. Do lots of cleansing. Use juicing, herbs and any types of cleanses to just get the bad stuff out! Make sure my teeth get a regular good clean out and rebalance with natural methods to ensure good bacteria can thrive.
What do you think are the key areas we should focus on with Endo? Do you agree with the ones I have mentioned or do we wish to add some? Do you notice similarities in what I have shared in your own Endo journey?
Please share your comments below…