It has been quite an amazing journey so far with using natural methods to heal my endometriosis. I am discovering so many interesting things about endometriosis and how my body works, which is super exciting! I find the more I discover, the more in touch I feel but more importantly… the more possible the whole idea of healing myself becomes.
One of the things I noticed a few months ago was that my healing had somehow plateaued. Somehow, it didn’t seem to matter how many supplements I took, how much good quality organic food I ate, my healing wasn’t improving to that next level. It just wasn’t quite reaching the heights that I felt it should be, considering how much good stuff I was feeding my body. I mean, I was really giving it to my body! I am talking super superfoods, mushrooms, goji berries, maca, spirulina, chia seeds, aloe vera—you name it, it was in there! I just couldn’t work out why none of this stuff seemed to be making the dramatic leaps and bounds I really needed.
I also started to notice that my tongue and nails didn’t seem to change. So, even though I was feeding my body all this highly nutritious stuff, it just wasn’t getting to where it needed to be!
I worked it out! My body was either not assimilating all these nutrients or there was a different reason.
I explored further and discovered that there are in fact many different forms of “foreign hitchhikers” that can live in our bodies, without being invited! I always put everything down to candida. This is a fungal overgrowth which can form quite easily in many of us with endometriosis. It is an imbalance of a fungus that is supposed to live in our intestinal wall but when we go on the pill, take synthetic hormones, drugs and eat a diet high in sugars and starches, it becomes unbalanced. Candida was my initial thought on why I wasn’t absorbing the nutrients.
I have been quietly doing my candida cleanse for the last 2 months and it has been amazing! My digestion is dramatically improved and I generally feel fuller and though it sounds odd, more nourished.
While I was interviewing my naturopath for the REACH beyond Endo program (find out more here), which I am creating, I asked her about the link between candida and gluten and also told her that I was doing a candida cleanse. She illustrated to me that candida is merely fungal. It is only one potential invader of our bodies and that I should do a bacterial cleanse to really get everything out. At the time I decided to wait and finish my candida cleanse first … but then… Christmas came and having spent it in Germany, I inevitably landed up eating larger quantities of meat and chocolate (of course).
I developed a base case of heartburn and ultimately my stomach was burning for a few days. I got frustrated with it and couldn’t understand why my stomach acid was so low that I couldn’t eat meat. Initially, I thought this must be an iodine deficiency. You can read the full article on this one here.
But, there it was again… that burning question: Why do I have a nutrient deficiency when I am eating all this good food?
What I discovered was that I have been living with yet another hitchhiker! Yip, this one is called H.Pylori and it affects 75% of the population. It is a bacteria that lives in the stomach lining and this guy eats away all our good nutrients as well. It also causes our stomach acid to be lowered. What was really scary about this one is that it is super easy to get and that it absorbs some of the most important nutrients we need to heal from endo—vitamin B12, iron and vitamin C. Check out this website for heaps more info.
So, it was time to really get to work on getting all these foreign hitchhikers to leave my body!
This is what I did:
1. Following a strict candida diet—no sugars including fructose. Read more about Candida here.
2. Taking candida focused herbs to ward off the candida—this includes wormwood, black walnut and cloves.
3. Taking oregano oil and mastic gum to kill off the H.Pylori.
4. Taking bee propolis to give back the lost nutrients and also aid in killing off the H.Pylori. Bee propolis provides us with all the nutrients and minerals our bodies need. It is the best multi you can get!
Important Update 2019: As part of my journey I experimented with many different methods and theories on how to overcome Candida and HPylori as both are fairly prominent with endometriosis. What I discovered was that both were triggered by other factors and though these short-term protocols had some benefit, they didn’t address the root triggers of what was going on and inevitably returned. Having now studied Naturopathy and actually understanding the body better, I now suggest a different and more advanced cleansing protocol for my clients with endometriosis.