Endometriosis

Endometriosis

What is endometriosis?

It is thought around 2 million women in the UK suffer with endometriosis, a female hormone disorder that causes tissue growth outside of the uterus. These tissues thicken and break down, leading to pain, bleeding and potentially problems with fertility. This happens when something causes a blockage to inhibit the normal hormonal flow.

Many of my clients with endometriosis say it seriously impacts their quality of life, leaving them fatigued and even bedridden for a day or two each month. As with most conditions, there is a spectrum of severity. For some women, the symptoms can even go unnoticed. That doesn’t mean they won’t cause complications with fertility, or problems in the future.

How can nutritional therapy help with endometriosis?

While it is not curable, diet and lifestyle changes – such as choosing anti-inflammatory foods, and those that can naturally balance hormones – can play a huge role in making the symptoms of endometriosis more manageable. Together we’ll work through a three step process to get the answers you’re looking for and help you make positive changes to dramatically improve your health.

Step 1: Take a thorough case history

First we will discuss what has been going on so I can get a picture of all the symptoms you’ve been experiencing. We will take a non-judgemental look at your diet, identifying foods which might be healthy enough but simply not suited to your biochemical make-up.

Step 2: Perform functional tests

You have probably already received a diagnosis of endometriosis from your GP, but I will usually perform a full clinical analysis to check whether there is anything else going on as well. I never look at symptoms in isolation – it’s important that we work to heal your body as a whole, not just the condition you are presenting with.

Step 3: Create a tailored nutritional therapy programme

Finally I will create a tailor-made endometriosis diet plan helping you learn which foods you should be eating more of, and which you should be avoiding to help reduce those unwanted symptoms.

How a tailor-made nutritional programme improved Angela’s endometriosis

Angela came to see me after being diagnosed with endometriosis. Every month she suffered with four days of intense pain during her period and had to rely on high strength painkillers just to get out of bed. She had discussed treatment options with her doctor, but was keen to try a natural approach first.

During Angela’s initial consultation we discussed the role that diet plays in balancing hormones and why hers needed to focus on foods that would help the body to eliminate excess oestrogens and reduce oestrogen production and storage.

Angela carefully followed a hormone-balancing diet and supplement plan for three months, as well as introducing some lifestyle changes. By the third month she was completely off the painkillers, her periods were lighter and she felt able to continue her normal activities during her cycle.

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