Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that develop in the wall of the uterus. They’re the most common non-cancerous tumors in women of childbearing age. Fibroids can range in size from tiny (the size of a pea) to very large (the size of a melon). Symptoms can vary from none at all to heavy or painful periods, bleeding between periods, pain during intercourse, lower back pain, frequent urination, and reproductive problems.
About 1 in 5 women have fibroids during their lifetime. 80% of women develop fibroids by the age of 50. Fibroids are very uncommon in women that are under 20 years of age. Fibroids are more common in African-American women than in Hispanic or Asian women.
The growth patterns of uterine fibroids are varied. They may grow slowly or rapidly, or they may remain the same size. Some fibroids go through growth spurts, and some may shrink on their own. Many fibroids that have been present during pregnancy shrink or disappear after pregnancy, as the uterus goes back to a normal size.
Many women who have fibroids don’t have any symptoms. For those who symptoms can be influenced by the location, size and number of fibroids. The most common symptoms of uterine fibroids include:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Menstrual periods lasting more than a week
- Pelvic pressure or pain
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty empty the bladder
- Backache or leg pains
Cause of Uterine Fibroids
According to Western medicine, no one knows for sure what causes fibroids to form. What we do know is that they seem to be affected by our hormones. Estrogen and Progesterone are two hormones that stimulate the development of the uterine lining during each menstrual cycle in preparation for pregnancy and promote the growth of fibroids. Fibroids contain more estrogen and progesterone receptors than normal uterine muscle cells do. The excess estrogen in the body seems to make them grow, and they will often decrease in size after menopause when overall body estrogen is lower.
So one of the ways to treat uterine fibroids naturally is to address estrogen excess or estrogen dominance in the body’s ecosystem.
Estrogen dominance happens in the body when there is too much estrogen in relation to progesterone. It is very hard to completely avoid estrogen excess because we’re surrounded by chemicals that disrupt hormonal harmony. Endocrine disruptors are everywhere, from the foods we eat to the water we drink, from the furniture we use to the nail polish we apply, from the household cleaning supplies we use to the beauty and body care products we use, from big stress to poor sleep, all of these above are environmental factors that impact our hormones and production of estrogen.
Other factor that cause fibroids to form is genetic changes. If you have fibroids, it’s likely your mom or sisters have the same health issue. It’s more likely that a daughter of yours will be at higher risk of developing fibroids in her teens and 20s.
One of the treatments for uterine fibroids is to use Birth Control Pills to control the growth of fibroids and control the symptoms that women are experiencing. The problem is that this treatment doesn’t actually treat the root cause of uterine fibroids or actually address uterine health long-term. In fact, hormonal birth control comes with a lot of side effects that ultimately make hormonal imbalances even worse.
The other option that doctors give to women with fibroids is Surgery, an operation procedure to remove uterine fibroids. Most of women are not fan of invasive procedures and they try to avoid them as much as possible. Because the scar tissues that develop from this surgery can complicate pregnancy.
No matter what your doctor may have told you, medications and surgery are not your only options. You can use natural strategies to reduce the size of the fibroids, prevent the growth of new fibroids, and reverse the problem.
To treat fibroids and alleviate symptoms, Functional Nutrition mainly focus on Three Areas:
- Remove Non-Negotialble
- Bring Insufficiency to Sufficiency
- Dismantle Dysfunction
The Main Focus
* Detox Liver & Kidney
* Work on Digestive System
* Estrogen Detox & Modification
* Lifestyle Modification
- Remove all the non-negotiable
The estrogen stimulates foods we eat and the estrogen generate lifestyle we are living are the non-negotiable. Your goal is to bring estrogen levels back into balance with progesterone levels in your body.
Eliminating Synthetic Estrogen Products
Estrogen Dominance is the key focus when we use Natural Approach to treat Fibroids.
Researches show that endocrine-disrupting chemicals like those found in everyday cleaning supplies, cosmetic and body care products, lawn treatment chemicals, upholstered furniture, vinyl products like shower curtains, plastic food containers and plastic food wrap are strongly linked to the development of uterine fibroids. The list of things to avoid might be very long and overwhelming, but avoiding these chemicals is so important and we should not make any excuse.
- Avoid red meat
- Avoid processed food, canned food and fast food
- Avoid sugar, carbohydrates
- Avoid dairy products from animals treated with synthetic hormones.
- Avoid smoke
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid working till midnight
- Avoid Overdo
- Avoid too lazy to walk
- Avoid sit too long
- Avoid too much stress
2. Bring the Insufficiency to Sufficiency
Insufficient good hormones and too much bad hormones are the key factors of Estrogen Dominance.
Certain foods are bad for fibroids, but other foods are great for fixing fibroids. Fibroid – fighting foods help the body process and flush excess estrogen and boost progesterone. Both of which can help slow or stop the growth of fibroids.
CYP1A2 Enzyme vs. Caffeine and Alcohol
The liver uses an enzyme called CYP1A2 to break down caffeine. How much or how little of CYP1A2 your liver produce depends upon your genetic genes. If your genes enable you to make a lot of CYP1A2 enzyme, you’re good at processing caffeine and alcohol. But studies show that approximately only 10 percent of the population makes enough CYP1A2 enzyme.
CYP1A2 enzyme is also involved in the metabolism of estrogen. So if you struggle with fibroids, your liver may not be able to make enough of this enzyme, then the best way to eliminate estrogen is to avoid caffeine and alcohol. You need all the CYP1A2 available to you in order to process estrogen. You don’t want to waste your precious stores of this enzyme on caffeine or alcohol.
Eat Hormone Balance and Metabolism Enhance Foods
Food is a powerful leverage when it comes to liver health. The liver thrives when we eat specific liver-nourishing foods, and it suffers greatly when we eat high processed and fructose-containing foods and drink coffee and alcohol.
- Flax seeds
Flax seeds are part of a food group called “Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators” that inhibit estrogen sensitivity in the uterus, which is beneficial when you have fibroids. They are also a fantastic source of fiber which you need to move excess estrogen out of your bowels as quickly as possible to eliminate it from your body. Finally, flax seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids that reduce the insulin resistance and inflammation that can suppress liver function.
Certain forms of soy can be beneficial for eliminating fibroids. Seek out non-processed, organic soy in the form of tempeh and miso to your diet. This kind of soy has an anti-estrogenic effect on the uterus. Avoid all processed soy like soy cheese, soy meat and other meat and dairy replacements. Moderation is key here and I wouldn’t recommend having soy every day, but unprocessed and organic soy is a useful dietary tool for managing fibroids.
Beans are an excellent source of fiber and protein, plus they have a low glycemic impact for most women, which reduces the kind inflammation that can increase fibroid growth. You should focus on kidney beans, lentils, and mug beans. Beans and legumes can be a healthy protein replacement if you’re working to reduce red meat which can also help heal fibroids.
- Whole Grains
Whole grains are the best substitute for white processed stuff like bread, pasta, and noodles, and will help with insulin stabilization. High insulin levels from white starchy stuff which acts like sugar in the body, is a factor in making fibroids grow. Whole grains are also a great source of fiber and will help to speed up the process and elimination of excess estrogen.
- Pears and Apples
Pears and Apples are liver-supporting foods that contain lots of fiber, along with a flavonoid named phloretin, which impairs tumor growth.
- Eat Organic and Kosher Foods
- Organic food is food produced by methods that comply with the standards of organic farming. Organic products may restrict the use of certain pesticides and fertilizers in the farming methods used to produce such products. Organic foods typically are not processed using irradiation industrial solvents, or synthetic food additives.
- Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Anti-Inflammation foods are the foods that may help us prevent chronic inflammation or keep inflammation under control. Anti-inflammation foods are similar to the heart-healthy Mediterranean Dies foods that is heavy on vegetables, fruits, whole grains and with less dairy and meat consumption.
Foods that high in sugar and saturated fat can spur inflammation. They cause overactive in the immune system, which can lead to joint pain, fatigue, and damage to the blood vessels and unbalance the hormones.
Take Hormone Balance and Metabolism Enhance Supplements
- Detox Liver & Kidney The estrobolome metabolizes used up estrogen. Then the liver gets it ready for elimination. So if your liver is sluggish just like if your microbiome is imbalanced, estrogen can build up in the body—and, once again, you’re facing estrogen dominance.
- NutriClean Hepatocleanse (Detox Liver Continue)
- Oxygen Extreme (Liver & Lung Detox)
2. Build Microbiome The microbiome contains a colony of bacteria that helps metabolize estrogen. This colony of bacteria is called the estrobolome. When the microbiome is healthy, so is the estrobolome. But when the good and bad bugs in the microbiome are out of balance, the estrobolome can not do its job efficiently and estrogen builds up in the body.
In other words, gut dysbiosis can contribute to conditions related to estrogen dominance, including the development of fibroids.
- Complete Green (Add Prebiotics)
- NutriClean Fiber Powder (Add Prebiotics)
- Probiotics 10 (Add Probiotics – Good Bacteria)
- Isotonix Digestive Enzymes with Probiotics (Add Prebiotics)
- Ultimate Aloe Juice – Natural Flavor (Add Prebiotics)
- Isotonix Vitamin C (Enhance Gut Healing)
3. Reduce Inflammation Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response, without it, we can not heal. But when it’s out of control, it can damage the body and lead to major health diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetics and arthritis.
- Curcumin Extreme (Liver Detox & Anti-Inflammation)
4. Detox Bad Hormones and Build Up Good Hormones
5. Remove Bad Hormones and Develop Good Hormones
- Prime Feminine Female Formula (Detox Bad Hormone and Develop Good Hormones)
6. Remove Stress
- Exercise and work out at least 5 days per week
- Drink warm water with lemon
- Try to use baking soda and vinegar to clean the house
- Treat your lawn with chemicals free products
- Use glass and stainless steel container and cookware
- Use cloth shower curtain instead of plastics ones
Always remember, that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making healthy choices that finally start to work for you! You can do this because the science of your body is on your side! Start to heal your hormones now!
I am a Transition Lifestyle Coach and Holistic Functional Nutrition Counselor. I do one on one online or offline consultation with clients in local or in global scope So if you have any question or concern, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org and book 15-minute complementary consultation with Wei Wei Ning.