How we can turn the “nasty” into motivation

How we can turn the “nasty” into motivation

Sometimes I look back on my journey and I do wonder how I did it all. So many different diets and supplements, so many cleanse techniques with some scary after effects and yet I kept going. I kept trying new things. Whenever I read about something new to shift my experience with endometriosis, I would try it. It didn’t even matter how bizarre or unproven it sounded. I would just try it and test it for myself. I was relentless at finding relief and luckily I eventually did find it.

My motivation was clear: Get rid of the pain & symptoms and finally live a normal life. 

So, I thought I would start with some basic strategies you can use to shift some of your nasties, really quickly.

Nasty #1: Extreme Nausea

I was plagued by nausea for most of my life. I got so used to experiencing nausea that I learned how to mentally talk myself out of it, on many occasions. It used to be particularly bad on planes and in cars. I remember my mom having to clean up my puke on more than one road trip when I was young!

It was only later in life that I connected the dots on what made my nausea worse. I guess you learn the hard way on what your body rejects when you get sick far too often. The interesting thing is that my body started to speak more loudly on what it wanted me to eat and drink during those times of nausea and what I learned through years of study, is that the very foods that I craved during those times were also the foods that were more supportive of my liver health.

So what should you eat if you experience extreme nausea?

The key ones to avoid are rich fatty foods. Even if those fats are good fats, they still need to be processed by your liver and hence feeling the nausea. I can promise you that nothing makes you want to be sick than consuming too much rich fat!

The other major one is sugary foods. I remember many kids birthday parties, where I would consume far too many lollies and sweets and really bear the brunt on that, later in the day.

My recommendation, based on my own experience for feeling better: Stick with really bland foods. Nothing too spicy,  nothing to rich and stick with the basics. Fruit for breakfast, vegetables, home-made soups and salads for lunch and rice with steamed vegetables for dinner. Use a good salt on everything. Just try it for a week and see how you feel. The biggest alleviator of nausea would have be drinking bubbly water and putting a sprinkle of salt in the water. Salt definitely seems to help with nausea.

The other big alleviator is lemons. Lemons in water, lemons in your food and even having lemon oils infused into the air.

 

Nasty #2: The Dreaded Pain

When I first began my journey I wanted to believe that there was one remedy that could instantly alleviate my pain. I searched for years trying to find one miracle supplement or herb that could do just one job: alleviate pain. What I didn’t get at the time is that pain is not something you fix that easily. Pain is your body crying out for help on many levels and wanting you to pay attention to all of it – not just looking for a quick fix.

Over the years I tried all sorts of focal points: hormone imbalances, digestive issues, emotional imbalances, stress relief and doing cleanses like my Candida Challenge and more advanced ones like Liver Flushes.

I was hoping one of these would be the miracle fix but what I didn’t realise is that each aspect that I added was actually making up a series of puzzle pieces to overcome the imbalances of my whole body.

So, I wish I could tell you there was one thing that fixed the pain. I wish there was one dietary suggestion or one specific cleanse or one fabulous supplement but I simply don’t think there is just one thing. It is about layering up on things that help your body rebalance. It isn’t really just about targetting pain because pain is merely a symptom or a consequence of the imbalances going on in your body. What you really want to be focusing on is those imbalances and correcting them, one layer at a time.

However, in saying that I can give you some focal points to help you alleviate pain:

  1. Avoid inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy and sugar. They really do make things worse.
  2. Focus on foods which are high in anti-oxidants. Google high anti-oxidant foods and you will discover they go far beyond the simple blueberry 😉
  3. Reduce the level of stress you have in your life as much as possible. This means paying attention to your thoughts, your environments and noticing when your heart-rate goes up and when you feel anxious, stressed or worried. Shifting our mindset and working on releasing negative past experiences is a huge help with all of this.
  4. Get them bugs out of your body! There are many unwanted fungi, bacterial overgrowths and parasites that can cause huge imbalances in our body. To begin with, start with the Candida Challenge. Candida has been shown to be closely linked to women with endometriosis and there are even studies to prove that pain with endo can be alleviated with the elimination of Candida overgrowth in the body. Read more here

 

Nasty #3: The “Fall Over” Fatigue

It is just the worst feeling. You are just permanently tired. Even when you think you have gotten enough sleep, you still don’t wake up refreshed and energized. You struggle to get anything done because the energy to do it, just seems overwhelming. Your worst time of day is around 3pm, where you could easily just fall asleep at your desk!

There have been a few lessons I have learned over the years on things that made me feel more tired. What I worked out is that fatigue represented my body simply not coping or having “too much work to do”. Interesting how our body simply translates that into a mental feeling of overwhelm 😉

So, what could be making your body feel like it has “too much work to do”?

One of the key things is looking at your meal portion sizes. Cut back on how much you eat and you will feel a huge transformation on how tired you feel. A big meal is a huge amount of work for your body to get through. Break it into smaller portions throughout the day and eat more often and you will naturally feel lighter and more energized. Naturally, choosing the right kind of foods also play a part here 😉 Give your body the work at the right time. Eating a meal really late at night and then going to bed within 3 hrs after consuming it, is not ideal. If you are able to shift your dinner to lunch or eat your dinner super early – like 5pm, you will feel a shift there too. Give your body enough time to digest it all and break it down.

An obvious one is sleep. Many of us assume we can go to bed late and just sleep in. Nope. You want to be in bed and ready for sleep by 10pm. No later. Try it! You’ll be amazed at how much better you sleep and feel.

I have to go into your thoughts and patterns here too. Stop telling yourself that you are tired all the time. I totally did this and found myself repeating the phrase “I am so tired” all that time! This just creates the same result. The other thing that will really drag down your energy levels is repeated negative thoughts or feelings of overwhelm. Try to catch yourself thinking those and let them go or shift your thoughts that make you feel happy and light instead.

 

In Conclusion

I could go on for hours on all the different symptoms we experience with endo and there are a heap more to cover but these are some of the most common ones I get asked about all the time. If you have a symptom you would like help on, let me know and I can add it as a blog post.

The good news is that you can alleviate these symptoms and feel better. I know you can.

The 3 Triggers for Pain with your Period [FREEBIE Included]

The 3 Triggers for Pain with your Period [FREEBIE Included]

We are right in the middle of the Pain Info Series on Facebook and I have been sharing some fabulous insights on pain with endometriosis. One of the key times of the month that most of us experience pain is just around our period. Some of us experience pain before our period, some of us experience pain during our period and some of just after our period. It really depends on where the endometriosis has settled and what is going on for you personally, as to where that pain decides to show up. Either way… pain sucks and it gets in the way of some really important events in our lives.

Side note… I remember having to attend one of my best friends wedding while on my period. It was so incredibly awkward… from having to wear a really revealing tight bridesmaid dress to having to explain why I couldn’t make it through the night. I also felt super conscious at the time because I was still dealing with major endo belly and really felt like everyone was looking at me wondering if I was pregnant!

So, why do we get pain with our period? – better known as Dysmenorrhea (try and say that three times in a row!).

Here are three possible triggers:

1.We have overactive prostaglandins

Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that have a bunch of jobs. Some are designed to reduce inflammation and pain, while others actually trigger pain and inflammation. Yes! Of course, we would like to get rid of those guys but they all serve a job. Trouble is, when they become overactive and overstimulating – that is when our pain gauge goes right up and we struggle to walk because of all that pulsing going on down there!

There are things we eat and do that can trigger a higher influx of the pain-inducing prostaglandins. I have recently made some interesting connections like candida overgrowth both being a trigger for overactive prostaglandin activity. So, having a candida overgrowth situation in your body could be a trigger for higher prostaglandins, which then leads to more inflammatory responses by these “not so friendly” prostaglandins. (Grab my Candida Challenge book to overcome candida overgrowth here)

2.There is something structurally causing the pain

Adhesions are a huge factor when it comes to pain. With every surgery, with C-Sections and any number of operations, the body naturally builds adhesions to heal. Unfortunately, they can cause things to stick together and reduce movement in the abdominal area, leading to pain. Just imagine your uterus trying to expel your monthly, when it is trapped on one side with a tight adhesion! This will be painful!

We can reduce the tightness of these adhesions naturally with massage treatments and pelvic floor therapy. Simply lying on a tennis ball, where it feels tight is a simple and effective way to reduce those tight adhesions. I have also recommended serrapeptase on numerous occasions to support your body in loosening those adhesions.

3.A wondering womb?

Say what?

I remember the first time I had a Mayan Massage treatment and the therapist being quite shocked that my uterus was in the right spot and not bent backward or forward. According to her, she felt that many women with endometriosis have a wondering womb – where it is simply in the wrong place.

All sorts of things can cause the womb to move, including a high impact fall, high impact sports or even a dramatic emotional event. The womb will try to protect itself from danger and move out of the way!

Indicators you womb might have wondered:

  • Experiencing constipation just before your period, followed by loose stools. This indicates a retroverted womb.
  • You really struggle with intense pain during your period and like you are struggling to flush the blood out. This indicates a retroflexion – where the uterus is doing a backbend, folded on herself, not only impinging on the colon but also restricting menstrual flow.
  • Frequent bladder infections or needing to frequently urinate. This indicates anteversion or anteflexion of the uterus.

An expert Mayan Massage practitioner or Arvigo Therapist will be able to assist you in getting your wondering womb back into place!

 

Here is your Give-Away…

Well, I know how nasty those periods can be and just how painful periods can get – nights lying on the bathroom floor, were not by choice!

So, I thought I would create a freebie for you, which helps you prepare for your period. It is super simple stuff but it makes a powerful difference to how you feel during your period. If you aren’t sure when you are due, look out for PMS symptoms or get a tracking app like Kindara.

Reduce painful periods with this little freebie. Click the image to grab the downloadable.

 

Tell me in the comments, which ones you liked the most and where I can guide you further,

Question: Can we combine conventional approaches?

Question: Can we combine conventional approaches?

When I first began my journey in using natural healing methods and exploring different treatment options for my endometriosis, I really believed that I could combine both the natural methods I was using, alongside conventional approaches to manage endometriosis. I was under the impression that the contraceptive pill was a fairly minor hormone treatment – maybe it was all the marketing telling me it is just a “mini pill”, but I really believed it would be okay to use them together. I also had an idea that it would give me “the best of both worlds”.

I really wanted to believe these treatment options could work together because to be honest, it would be far easier for me to work with the medical community in unison than on opposite ends of the scale. Many people have also suggested to me that I should be more “open-minded” about my approach as it would help me get the word out more.

There is however one big problem with all of this. I am an ethical person and I want to stand behind what I put out there and create within this world. Though I initially believed we could combine the medical model for endometriosis alongside my approaches, I simply can’t anymore and here is why…

 

There are really big consequences in using hormone treatments for endometriosis

As I started to unravel what some of the medical solutions actually do within the body and how they work, it got me very very scared about the long term consequences these synthetic hormones could have on my health and all the women that continue to take them. Sadly, it is one of the most commonly used treatment options for women with endometriosis. One of the key things many of the hormone treatments do is alter our hormones and particularly our bodies ability to create oestrogen. The idea is to stop the hormones and thereby stop the endometriosis growths.

Trouble is, our body needs oestrogen for more than ovarian function! We need oestrogen to aid in bone regulation and when we stop production of oestrogen, we inevitably effect the health of our bones. This could lead to osteoarthritis in years to come.

There are plenty more consequences such as an increase in the susceptibility to a stroke and heart attacks with these treatment options. Grab the Informed Consent Guide here. to find out all the stats and research on what you are really taking.

Would you take something that gives you Candida?

One of the things I find incredibly ironic is that doctors and surgeons continuously prescribe the contraceptive pill to help manage endometriosis. I get it, it is easy and it has some cool double action – namely contraception. What they fail to tell you is that the contraceptive pill alters our natural PH in our gut. This affects many elements within our gut health, including our ability to ward off parasites and bacterial overgrowth. I also believe that this is why the cases of Candida with Endometriosis are so incredibly high. When we are on the pill, we are creating the perfect environment for Candida to thrive!

Would you take it if you knew it limited mineral and vitamin absorption?

With the change of PH in your gut, your body will struggle to digest and fully absorb certain minerals and vitamins. What is ironic, is that is the very same minerals and vitamins we need to help support us in managing endometriosis that become depleted – namely zinc and many of the B Vitamins. And before you taint the message of “oh well, let us just take these to replace them – let me tell you that taking synthetically derived vitamins will never replace the real thing!

Watch this video interview to find out more.

 

What about combining surgery with natural approaches?

I get the thinking. I will just go for surgery and have a good “clean out”. Remove all the endometriosis build-up and then I can start fresh with the dietary recommendations etc. Great thinking and that was my thinking for years too and I used this treatment option more than once – try 7 times! Here is what I didn’t know…

Surgery is causing more inflammation

Every time you have surgery, you trigger a cascade of events which cause more inflammation in your abdominal cavity. The best way I can describe it is like ramping up a party with more alcohol. You are fuelling the endometriosis growth because the surgery itself, triggered an inflammatory response by your body. See, your cells don’t forget that you’ve had surgery – even if you were completely unconscious! So, yes, we can remove the endometriosis and hope they got it all but even if a little bit is hiding or whatever triggered the endometriosis to grow in the first place, will just re-appear – hence why we have to go back for more surgery, lining the pockets of the surgeons we go and see.

Surgery naturally builds more adhesions

When you have surgery, your body build adhesions in an attempt to repair the damage. This is normal. Much like when you cut yourself on your hand or elsewhere. Trouble is, adhesions are tough and they are not as bendy or flexible as normal cells. This causes restriction and tightness in your abdominal area and lady, this causes more pain.

When you have surgery, you build more adhesions. This is fact. Surgeons know this. According Gynecare Worldwide “Most patients develop adhesions after pelvic surgery”. Pelvic adhesions are abnormal bands of scar tissue that form after gynaecological surgeries, like C-sections, and bind organs that are usually not connected. Adhesions are very common after pelvic or abdominal surgery. In fact, studies have shown that adhesions formed in 55-100% of patients who had reproductive pelvic surgery and adhesions are the primary cause of chronic pelvic pain in 13-16% of all females.

We also don’t appreciate is just how risky surgery is. Read some scary statistics here.

I think many of us opt for surgery as we simply feel it is the best choice out of all the treatment options out there for endometriosis.

The trouble is, unfortunately adhesions take time to grow, so we seldom know the consequences of it all until years down the line.

I do want to point out, that even excision surgery is no guarantee for relief. I have connected with many women with endometriosis who had excision surgery and still have endometriosis pain. What we often don’t know if that pain is from endometriosis or simply the adhesions trying to repair the damage from the surgery.

Is this really our best treatment option? To cut our bodies open and dig around in there?

 

Why do we want to combine conventional and natural approaches?

It’s actually a really simple answer… fear. We are scared the endometriosis is spreading without us knowing. We are scared it is taking over our whole body and eventually we will have more pain and it will just never end. Right?

Yes, I have been there. That place of utter fear of just wanting to have surgery or something to make it all stop. Some glimmer of hope that the pain will go away.

 

So which treatment options should we go with?

Okay, it is scary to hear all of this. I know. We just want some answers and a treatment option that works.

What I can tell you is that there is another option and it doesn’t involve either surgery or hormone treatments or even living on pain killers. It is an approach where your body will feel normal again. I have used this approach for women around the world and have amazing results in helping them and myself to live normal lives – without pain or symptoms. It is called the REACH Technique and you can find out more about it and join my free mini program here.

I also developed a 12 month program to guide you and support you in implementing this approach fully to successfully manage your endometriosis.

All I recommend is that you FIRST DO NO HARM as one of the alternative treatment options and try this before resorting to any other more drastic measures. You might discover the amazing healing powers of your body along the way!

 

Testing: Why I Am Sticking an Oily Tampon up My Vagina

Testing: Why I Am Sticking an Oily Tampon up My Vagina

Here is my thinking….

The vagina is a very absorbent part of our bodies. We know this because when we wear bleached cotton tampons or pads, we know that they get absorbed by the very delicate cells within the vagina wall. (Onderdonk 1987)

This is why I always advocate being careful what products we use near our sensitive vagina. This includes any douches, lubricants, partners and of course tampons or pads!

Most of the time, we consider our vagina and focus on all the things we want to avoid getting near it. However, I decided that perhaps my vagina was also a way to allow positive things into it. A super absorbent space, closer to endometriosis. It is certainly closer than my stomach or digestive system!

A few considerations about my vagina:

  • It is super sensitive and super soft. I need to make sure that whatever I put up there is not going to burn or cause unnecessary scraping to those sensitive cells.
  • I need to choose the medium of transport very carefully, in other words… the tampon. It needs to be 100% organic, non-bleached and safe, to ensure I am not actually adding more toxins into my vagina.
  • I need to ensure the tampon glides in easily to avoid any pain or discomfort.

Initially I was thinking of conducting my experiment during my period but the thought of sticking a tampon up there, when my body is trying to expel its lining, just doesn’t make sense to me.

I decided to wait and try the experiment in the week following ovulation, the time when it is preparing a new lining and would thereby absorb whatever was in the area to prepare for those cells.

What did I decide to stick up my vagina?

Most of the research I read on the subject used a variety of oils but many of them were estrogenic, like sage and lavender. I decided to focus on oils that were known in history for their anti-bacterial and immune supporting qualities. These are oils which are seen as sacred and many were used as a form of currency. I also made sure they were safe on really sensitive skin and didn’t mention anything about being irritating to a mucous membrane (which is what the vaginal wall is).

These were the oils I researched and what properties they provide:

Sacred Frankincense (Boswelia sacra)

This is an anti-inflammatory, anti-tumoral and immune-stimulating oil. It is also known to reduce pain and create a calming effect on the body and mind. (Higley 1998)

“It contains sesquieterpenes, enabling it to go beyond the blood-brain barrier. It may also help oxygenate the pineal and pituitary gland.” – from the book (Higley 1998)

What this illustrates to me is that frankincense may help regulate our hormone release and production. It would also help support the immune function (definite link with Endometriosis) and of course help calm the inflammatory response.

Myrrh (Commiphora murrha)

I purposely selected this oil due to its long history within the Bible and Greek mythology. It illustrates its amazing value and yes, this is the one that was used as a form of currency and was a highly desired gift.

What I particularly love about this oil is that it has abilities to reduce candida growth, reduces excess mucus in the body and works on many infection-type conditions like mouth ulcers, fungal infections, gingivitis and ringworm.

The primary uses have been focused on allergies, chapped/cracked skin, Hashimoto’s Disease as well as hyperthyroidism, inflammation and ulcers. (Higley 1998)

This indicates to me that this oil would be quite powerful and yet gentle enough to use in the vagina. There are links with Endometriosis and candida, which makes this a great oil to combat candida overgrowth. Read this article for more about candida.

Steps for Preparation

I chose these oils wisely, as I didn’t want to be burning my poor vagina with this experiment. I also know that individual drops of oils are incredibly powerful and have personally seen how oils can eat through plastic.

I decided that the oil quantities needed to be very small for this reason. I also needed to make sure that I didn’t scrape the vaginal wall, as I pushed the tampon iUntitledn and used my favorite lubricant to create super easy suppositories.

So, this is how I got to make oily tampons—vaginal suppositories:

1. Get an organic cotton tampon.

2. Pour 1/4 of a cup of melted coconut oil into a bowl. I melted the oil by placing the small bowl into a bigger bowl of boiling water. (see image)

3. Put 4 drops of each oil in the coconut oil.

4. Soak the tampon in the oil mixture.

5. Place the tampon in the fridge, to allow the coconut oil to harden and solidify.

 

To use:

I would wait a few minutes to allow the coconut oil to come back to room temperature, otherwise it is really cold! I have found that the tampon glides in really easily with the coconut oil.

I would use them at night, before you go to bed and allow the oils to be absorbed overnight. Make sure you shower beforehand and keep the area nice and clean. Tampon strings are one of the most unhygienic things ever!

Personally, I am trying this for 7 nights, just after ovulation, allowing me to test the results before my monthly.

Things I’ve heard:

I have heard all sorts of interesting things about using frankincense for the body, including a friend of mine who was diagnosed with a 4cm cyst on her left ovary. She used the frankinscence suppository for 2 weeks and managed to shrink her cyst completely. She had made the appointment with her gynecologist before and after, so it was definite proof.

I am going to be experimenting with this idea for 7 days and will see if I notice anything significant happening.

I really like the idea of creating suppositories and using our vagina as a way to absorb positive things into the body. Unfortunately our digestive health can often be unreliable and I have often questioned whether all those supplements are in fact going where they need to go sometimes!

So, if you are game, you can try this experiment with me.

 

 

Update July 2016:

I personally used the suppository tampons for 1 week and following it, my monthly was incredibly easy and “clean”. I also recommended this idea to a number of Endo Empowered sisters who also found amazing results. Many women indicated that their cysts shrunk – with a proven ultrasound. It really makes perfect sense that this would work.

Try it for yourself and measure your results!

Research:

Higley, C., & Higley, A. (1998). Reference Guide for Essential Oils. Abundant Health.
Onderdonk, A. B., Zamarchi, G. R., Rodriguez, M. L., Hirsch, M. L., Muñoz, A., & Kass, E. H. (1987). Quantitative assessment of vaginal microflora during use of tampons of various compositions. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 53(12), 2774–2778.

Why I Strongly Recommend Pau D’Arco for Endometriosis

Why I Strongly Recommend Pau D’Arco for Endometriosis

Initially, I was only interested in Pau D’Arco for the treatment of candida but more recently I discovered that Pau D’Arco has many other beneficial elements which can help reduce the effects of Endometriosis. It’s a sweet tasting tea which you can easily combine with some of my other favorites like yarrow or chamomile.

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What is it?

Pau D’Arco is an extract from the inner bark of the Tabebuia tree, which grows in Central and South America. It contains a key ingredient called napthoquinones which is the one we are particularly interested in when it comes to Endometriosis.

 

What can it do?

Pau D’Arco does the following:

  • It is an anti-viral: fights off viral infections in the body
  • Anti-bacterial: fights off bacterial infection in the body
  • Hormone Modulating: will regulate hormones
  • Is a liver detoxifier
  • Blood purifier
  • Will kill off candida albicans

 

How does this relate to Endometriosis?

So by now we probably know that Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition. We feel it with our monthly; our belly swells up and we feel all bloated. This is an inflammatory response by the body! Ouch, right?

The reason our bodies do this is because it wants to heal the area. Ever noticed when you hurt yourself, like a cut on your finger that then becomes all swollen and red? This is exactly what is happening inside of our bodies, where every cyst is formed inside. The body will try and flush out that cyst and therefore sends blood and other agents down there to try and heal it.

When we add an anti-bacterial and anti-viral into the body, we can help the body to fight those infections. It is kinda like sending in an extra bit of army power to help the body!

Pau D’Arco also purifies the blood. If your monthly is full of clots and dark blood, then this in an indication that your blood down there needs to be cleaned. There are a couple of ways to reduce this effect, one is by incorporating a blood purifier like Pau D’Arco and the other is to stimulate blood flow to the area. Yoga and Mayan Massage can really help with that.

It is a liver detoxifier. The liver is the key organ we should focus on when it comes to Endometriosis. When there are excess hormones and toxins in the body, then Endometriosis will most certainly get worse. Pau D’Arco can help detoxify the liver, along with Schisandra berry and milk thistle.

Candida is closely linked with Endometriosis. It is a yeast overgrowth condition and can become systemic in the body. If you have ever had thrush or digestive irregularities, chances are you have had some kind of candida overgrowth. You can read more about Candida here. Luckily, Pau D’Arco also overcomes this one!

 

How often do you need to take it for it to be effective?

You need to drink a concentrated version of a tea—let it simmer on low heat for around 30 minutes 3–4 times a day. It would need to be drunk for at least 3 months to a year.

 

Contra indications?

It is definitely not recommended if you are pregnant or suspect you might be pregnant, or if you are taking any Asprin or any blood thinning medication.  Also be careful with herbs that might have this action.

 

 

Could Candida Actually Be One of the Causes of Endometriosis Pain?

Could Candida Actually Be One of the Causes of Endometriosis Pain?

I know you think candida is just that thrush thing you get, down there. Unfortunately, this is a misconception. Candida can be sitting in our whole bodies and be affecting everything within the body, including our brains! Candida can cause yeast infections in our bowel, digestive tract and even our mouth!

Let me clarify. Candida exists in our system naturally anyways and should be there in normal amounts. Unfortunately, when we eat a diet high in sugar, gluten, grains and then add antibiotics, the contraceptive pill and painkillers into our bodies, we inevitably land up with a build up of candida or what is called candida overgrowth. It becomes systemic, which means it leaves the bowel area and moves to other parts of the body.

Now, what is really interesting is how this candida overdose in the body affects, if not directly attributes to, Endometriosis getting worse. Let me explain this as simply as I can…

So, we have candida and possibly don’t realize it. Because your body has this candida in it, it is on “fight alert” and we develop allergic reactions. We know the common ones: eczema, hay fever, food and chemical allergies… what we don’t know is that this allergic reaction causes a production of histamine in the body. These guys then trigger macrophages to produce… well here is the cruncher… PROSTAGLANDINS (remember those guys that cause us so much pain?) Please read this article on prostaglandins if you don’t know what they are: endometriosis-pain-bodies-pain-message/

These prostaglandins cause MORE inflammation and clotting of Endometriosis! It is an allergic reaction caused by excess candida!

To make matters worse, our bodies struggle to fight off candida as the prostaglandins inhibit the correct immune response to candida and we are not able to get rid of it! SCARY!

I hope that all makes sense because it took me a while to get my head around it!

So, we have candida, these guys make more prostaglandins, which make more pain for endo…

Not good!

 

Well, the conclusion is obvious! We need to flush out the candida. Now, this is a nasty sucker so you need to take care on how you do this.

  • Take a good digestive aid, eg. acidophilus/probiotics
  • Expect the sucker to give you trouble—likely to experience worse symptoms while it dies off
  • Replace the bowels with heaps of fiber to get things moving out as quickly as possible
How can you tell if you have candida? Check out this article I did on candida a little while ago. Please don’t believe in the saliva test as it doesn’t prove anything! A white slimy tongue is probably a more effective measure. I have found some alternative treatments which might be a little easier to stick to and guarantee results:
1. Serrapeptase: yes, it heals more than just clotting and adhesions for endo!
I did some research on a particular product which was suggested by one of the girls on the comments—thanks for sharing. Unfortunately, I didn’t find good things about it. It is called Threelac and it is owned by one of those multi-level marketing companies, which means we will inevitably find heaps of positive websites pushing its sales—very believable testimonials and telling everyone they have severe cases of candida and must buy this product as it is the only thing that really works. I found some sites which indicated a lack of evidence and potential danger: http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=818608
I have created a Candida Cleanse for us all to follow, which successfully gets candida under control within 30 days!
You can find out more on www.endoempowered.com/candidacleanse
Know much about candida? What has your experience been?
Got questions? Feel free to share in the comments below…
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