Endometriosis is related to your menstrual cycle, so it must be a hormonal condition, right?
As women, it’s time that we understand what is truly going on in our bodies, rather than taking conventional medicine’s word for it.
You don’t have to live with your symptoms.
You deserve to be well and be the rockstar you desire to be, and the best way to do that is to be empowered by the knowledge of how your body works and how you can best support it!
What Is Endometriosis?
Despite what you may think, endometriosis is not primarily a hormonal issue. It is an inflammatory disease where cells that resemble uterine tissue grow outside the uterus on your other reproductive organs (ovaries, fallopian tubes, outer uterus, pelvis) and intestines causing severe pain, scarring, and infertility. (1)
You are not alone in dealing with the effects of endometriosis! It affects a lot of women at many different stages of life.
Scientists still aren’t sure exactly what causes these endometrial cells to grow outside the uterus, but it seems to be linked to genetics and environmental factors. It is usually diagnosed in teens and young women, but even the diagnosis itself can take over 10 years to be conclusive.
Attack of the Immune System
So, if hormones aren’t to blame, what is?
The answer is still unclear, unfortunately.
A lot of new research is indicating that endometriosis is linked to your immune system and that it could be classified as an autoimmune disease. Your body sees the endometrial tissue in places it is not supposed to be and stages an attack that is often painful, causing the lesions to spread and damaging other areas of your body. (2) (3) (4) This leads to greater inflammation that takes a toll on your whole body! (5)
Inflammation, Inflammation, Inflammation
You’ve heard me say it before, and I will say it again:
Inflammation is the root of so many issues we face as women, and your endometriosis is no exception.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to try to cut out inflammatory factors from your diet and environment in order for you to get well.
Inflammation as a result of endometriosis leads to pain and other symptoms throughout your body. (6) But the story doesn’t end there: inflammation in other parts of your body could be causing and worsening your endometriosis, along with genetic factors.
It All Comes Back to Your Gut
So much of your health depends on the well-being of your gut.
If you have any inflammation in your gut, you could be leaking some bacteria that are meant to stay in your digestive tract into other areas of your body. These bacteria can colonize in your pelvis and lower abdomen and may be a cause of endometriosis. (7) (8)
What do the toxins these bacteria release into your system cause? You guessed it — inflammation. While there is still debate on whether this is the direct cause of endometriosis, there is no doubt that it can make it worse. (9) (10)
Keeping your gut healthy by making sure you are avoiding inflammatory foods is one practical step you can take to help prevent the worsening of your endometriosis. While trigger foods are different for everyone, some of the most common ones are gluten, dairy, eggs, and other carbohydrates like sugars and starches. Get to know your body and find out what works for you!
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Clear Your Toxins
Another factor that could be contributing to your endometriosis is exposure to environmental toxins. (11) When your immune system is in overdrive combating all the toxins that you encounter on a daily basis, it is more likely to wage war against your body’s tissues as well. Here are some reasons you really want to be aware of your body’s toxic load and take steps to detox regularly!
One of my favorite ways to detox is with a regular Epsom salt bath using essential oils. Not only is it calming and stress-relieving self-care, but it also helps your system flush out toxins that are causing more inflammation and making your symptoms worse. Just be sure to only soak for twenty minutes and then rinse off those nasty toxins in the shower afterward. Hydrate well both before and after to keep your body in top shape!
Here is my recommendation for an endometriosis-specific bath soak that can help clear your body, refresh your mind, and relieve some of your discomforts.
Detox Endometriosis Bath Soak Recipe
1 cup sea salt
½ cup Epsom salts
½ cup apple cider vinegar
5 drops Cypress essential oil
5 drops Frankincense essential oil
3 drops Clary Sage essential oil
3 drops Lavender essential oil
Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Combine all essential oils in a glass bowl. Fill your bathtub with the hottest water you can stand. Add the dry ingredients, vinegar and essential oils into the tub, and mix with your hand. Soak in the detox bath for 20 minutes; any longer and your body may reabsorb the toxins you have released. Rinse off the remaining salt on your body in the shower.
You don’t have to settle for what your doctor tells you are your “only options.” No matter what, “the pill” is NOT going to solve your problem because it just masks your symptoms instead of getting back to the root cause.
There are safe, natural, and effective ways to treat your endometriosis and address your symptoms head-on!
Getting back to the root and addressing the things that could be driving your inflammation while supporting optimal hormone health is going to be critical to feeling your best. Not only is this the answer to fewer symptoms short-term, but it opens the door to healing miracles in the years to come!
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