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By Phelistars Jumba, Deputy Chief Nutritionist March 25, 2022

Women’s Health – Endometriosis Awareness

Endo warriors worldwide are sharing stories on their journey. No one journey is the same; all as different as a fingerprint. The excruciating pain, the worry, the stress, fear, and anxiety, all very real. To create awareness for us and generations to come, these stories are vital in pivoting this agenda.

But what is endometriosis? Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue similar to the lining of the uterus, grows outside of the uterus. Some of these cells may end up continuing their cycle elsewhere in the body (ovaries, fallopian tubes, tissues that hold the uterus in place, vagina, cervix, vulva, bowel, bladder, and pelvic region).

But why should I know about endometriosis?

Symptoms associated with endometriosis are normally confused or brushed off as normal period problems/PMS symptoms. Endometriosis can happen to anyone. Early diagnosis is very vital in ensuring that we keep the symptoms under control.

How can we differentiate then?

Some of the symptoms include incapacitating pain in the uterus, painful menses, chronic pain in the lower back and pelvis, pain during intercourse, intestinal pain, painful bowel movements, bleeding or spotting between periods, infertility, digestive issues like diarrhea, constipation, boating and nausea and iron deficiency anemia.

We at Healthy U are committed in this journey to help alleviate symptoms and ensure that our warriors are living their best lives regardless of the huge hurdles they cross in their journey.

Our nutritional and holistic tips that may help relieve symptoms of endometriosis include:

Vitamin E

A combination of Vitamin E and Vitamin C with bioflavonoids are powerful antioxidants that may improve dyspareunia and dysmenorrhea. Vitamin E also aids in hormonal balance. Our Food grown Vitamins are organically grown to ensure you get the right nutrients that are easily absorbable in the body. https://www.healthyu.co.ke/product/wild-nutrition-gl-vitamin-c-bioflavonoids-60s/

Vitamin K

Vitamin K helps in production of prothrombin which is an important substance for blood clotting. Women with endometriosis were found to have heavier than normal bleeding during menstruation which can lead to anemia. Vitamin K is high in green leafy vegetable sources such as spinach and broccoli.

Essential fatty acids

Essential fatty acids found in evening primrose (Gamma linoleic acids, GLA) aid in regulating hormonal and prostaglandin balance. This also has strong anti-inflammatory effects that are beneficial for PMS symptoms and improving skin health. https://www.healthyu.co.ke/product/country-life-evening-primrose-oil-60s/

Iron

Iron deficiency anemia is common endometriosis. Iron supplementation is very important in cases of anemia. Iron is only used if anemia is diagnosed. https://www.healthyu.co.ke/product/floradix-floravital-yeast-gluten-free-iron-formula-500ml/

Vitamin B complex

Stress and fatigue tend to weigh someone down especially during ovulation and menses. Vitamin Bs are essential in promoting blood cell productivity, proper hormone balance and energy uptake, relieves stress, and needed for proper adrenal function. https://www.healthyu.co.ke/product/wild-nutrition-gl-b-complex-plus-60s/

Beta 1,3 glucans

Beta glucans help to stimulate activity of macrophages which help to remove cellular debris. They can be found our oats products https://www.healthyu.co.ke/product/moma-jumbo-oat-porridge-golden-syrup-70g/

Multivitamin and Multimineral complex

To provide all nutrients required for repair and healing and maintenance including Calcium and Magnesium. Magnesium is essential for muscle relaxation and relieving of pain. https://www.healthyu.co.ke/product/trace-minerals-fast-absorbing-liquid-vit-d3-125-mcg-5000iu-tropical-cherry-16fl473ml/ or https://www.healthyu.co.ke/product/natures-secret-womens-73-nutrient-soft-gel-multi-60ct/

Diet

  • Eating a diet consisting of 50 %raw vegetables and grain products, nuts and seeds including green drinks made from dark leafy vegetables.
  • Avoiding alcohol, caffeine and refined foods and food products, junk and excessive sugar consumption.
  • Detox: To reduce oxidative stress through metabolizing estrogen in the liver and promoting the body’s organs to function optimally.

Holistic

  • Use heating pad to relieve pain, relaxes muscle and relieves pain.
  • Diffusing Lavender oil to relieve stress and promote a restful night.
  • Daily moderate exercises such as walking or stretching is beneficial in modulating hormonal imbalance. Moderate exercise also increases the body’s production of endorphins which are natural pain relievers and maintaining an ideal weight.
  • Reducing xenoestrogen (external estrogen from the environment) load through less exposure to pesticides, herbicides, cosmetics with toxic ingredients and instead use organic based cosmetics and personal care.

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