Friday, 18 November 2011

Why "Eating Healthy" Is Not Always Enough to Heal Endometriosis

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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 leading a false idea of healthy and it is no wonder then that our symptoms and conditions don't seem to get better dramatically.

When I first went exploring about 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 all. The Traditional Chinese Medicine practice believe 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 like 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 view point. 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.

I also have a good friend who is a naturopath and he illustrated 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 is brilliant and really thought I had found a real organ that I could study and relate back to the liver. It made perfect sense to me!

As a new born, I had suffered from colic, 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 and that 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 and then once the liver is healed, we maintain but we don't have to be quite as strict. Let me explain:

The liver HATES fat. The liver HATES sugar. The liver HATES toxins/ anti-biotics/ hormones. Every food that we eat that contains these will make it not work as well, 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:

· Meat

This has been linked to Dioxin which has been proven to cause Endometriosis in monkeys.

· Dairy products

They contain milk products which are derived from cows. These cows are often pumped with anti-biotics and hormonal treatments, landing up on your plate. Milk products are also loaded with fat.

· 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 2hrs! A lowered immune system has been closely linked to Endometriosis. Some simple examples: marmalade, cereals, bread, jam, yoghurt, chocolate, chutney's - 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!

Okay, so what are you saying Mel? I can't eat anything anymore! I have already cut out so much out of my diet! Please don't make me cut out EVERYTHING!

No, this is not what I am proposing. What I am proposing is that we need to go on a liver cleanse. It a strict liver cleanse for a period of time and this depends completely on you. The most common ones are 2months but it might take us 6months. They need to be combined with exercise first thing in the morning as the liver does it detoxifying in the early hours of the morning. By exercising first thing in the morning we can get rid of the extra toxins, it has not been able to get to.

Detoxing is always the first step to healing...

My advice is all through my personal experience with Endometriosis. I want to help as many woman as I can who suffer from this debilitating condition. I have found ways to deal and cure the condition for many woman and I share them all on my blog page: I look forward to hearing from you on there!

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