As a former fibroid patient, I learned that dealing with uterine fibroids is a physical condition that can be healed naturally with proper nutrition and a dedicated focus on healing one’s body.
Fibroids are non-cancerous masses of tissue that develop in the uterine muscle. The growth pattern of uterine fibroids vary – some may remain the same size, or shrink over time, while others may continue to grow slowly. It’s estimated that one in five women of childbearing age have uterine fibroids. Normally treatment is not required unless the fibroids cause pelvic pain, heavy bleeding or uncomfortable menstrual periods. When they do, surgery is often recommended, but the best treatment is avoiding fibroids to begin with, or treating them naturally.
There are three factors that can significantly increase the growth of fibroids. Here are some tips for helping with each.
Stress: Stress negatively affects hormonal balance and muscle tone, which upsets the estrogen and progesterone balance. This triggers excessive output of adrenal stress hormones and can cause significant growth of fibroid tumors. My tips to help:
- Take time for yourself each day.
- Learn to enjoy the small things in life and above all learn to love yourself more.
- Your inner world is a direct reflection of your outer world, so surround yourself around positive energy.
Diet: Estrogen has been connected to making fibroids grow for some time. Changes in your diet can reduce estrogen levels in the blood, which will decrease the size of fibroids over time. My tip to help.
- Avoid heavily processed foods high in estrogen and consume more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and keep dairy products to a minimum. Check out this list of foods high in estrogen.
Avoid parabens & other toxic personal care products: Using personal care products loaded with paraben preservatives over time can lead to a toxic buildup in your body that’s a breeding ground for developing and maintaining fibroid growth. A recent American Journal of Epidemiology studyalso linked the use of hair relaxers and uterine fibroids. My tips to help:
- Buy paraben-free natural care products to decrease the toxicity in your body that can lower your immunity and cause chronic conditions such as uterine fibroids. If you are African American, avoid using hair relaxers.
The bottom line: It is possible to heal yourself naturally by making these small modifications in your lifestyle. Be sure to always consult your doctor first when considering your particular diagnosis and alternative treatment methods.
Source: Mayo Clinic
About the author: Gail Thorpe is Board Certified from Purchase College of the State University of New York (SUNY) and accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She holds Professional Training in Medical/Clinical Studies from Somerset Technical Institute, is a Certified Self-Care Specialist and Aromatherapist, and is Board Certified in Corporate Wellness from the Wellness Council of America. Gail is a nutrition columnist for the Examiner and Yahoo. She recently launched her own radio show “Pampering4life Wellness” on Blog Talk Radio . She is the author of a soon-to-be published book on fibroids and a dedicated ambassador of health the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Read Gail’s blog here.