Treat Uterine Fibroids Naturally
Women often turn to natural treatments to reduce the size of their fibroids and severity of symptoms – to avoid the need for more invasive treatment options.
Here’s some tips that can help to manage fibroids naturally and relieve the associated symptoms. You can combine them together to create a holistic treatment plan.
1. Eat A Balanced Diet
Some foods can make existing fibroids worse. Your diet plays a role in reducing the risk of fibroids. Making simple diet changes can help control fibroid growth and ease symptoms.
Natural organic whole foods are better than refined, processed foods. Processed foods can contain added pesticides, preservatives and other chemicals which can lead to inflammation in the body.
Limit your consumption of high fat, high sugar processed foods and instead opt for a balanced diet of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, organic lean meat and low-fat diary. Also try to cut back on alcohol consumption as this also can affect hormone levels and inflammation.
2. Drink Green Tea
The Chinese have been drinking green tea for thousands of years for it’s natural healing properties. Tea is rich in polyphenols that have effects like reducing inflammation and helping to fight cancer. The antioxidants in green tea eliminate free radicals that plague the body and prevents the formation of unstable oxygen molecules in a process known as oxidation, which damages healthy cells of the body.
EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) is one of the most powerful medicinal compounds in green tea and has been studied to treat several diseases. Among other things, green tea has been proven to improve brain function, help with weight loss, keep teeth healthy and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease!
All these are great reasons to relax with a cup of green tea. Drink 3 – 5 cups per day for optimal health benefits.
3. Lose Weight
Losing weight can be an effective way to reduce fibroid growth. Excess abdominal fat can cause the body to overproduce estrogen – which in turn stimulates fibroid growth. Shedding a few pounds – particularly around the stomach and midsection can also relieve other symptoms such as abdominal pain, swelling and pressure.
Small diet changes to cut calories and gentle exercise can get you started and make a big difference to your overall health. Check out this great program if you need some weight loss inspiration and motivation!
4. Try A Castor Oil Pack
Some holistic practitioners use castor oil packs to remove toxins from the body. Castor oil comes from the castor seed which is a plant native to India. It is extremely high in ricinoleic acid, which is thought to be responsible for its health-promoting abilities. Castor oil is meant to stimulate the lymph and liver function – which in turn helps to “detox” the body.
You can make your own castor oil packs or buy them. Soak a large cotton flannel in castor oil and and place it on your lower abdomen. Put a heat source such as a hot water bottle or heat pad on top of the flannel and lie back and relax for 30 – 60 minutes. You’ll come out refreshed and detoxed.
5. Eat Organic Meat
Eat organically grown meats (and grass fed beef) where growth hormones are not given to the animals. A lot of commercially farmed meat – such as pork, chicken and beef, contains added growth hormones – which when eaten can increase the levels of estrogen in your body.
Estrogen imbalance has been linked to fibroid growth. This is why many treatments focus on reducing estrogen levels – and why fibroids often shrink naturally after menopause – as the estrogen levels in the body naturally drop.
6. Eat Foods High In Iron
If you are suffering from heavy bleeding or long periods – you may be low in iron or even anaemic. Your body needs iron and it gets this through food – so eat more iron rich foods – such as lean red meat, spinach, beans, peas, dried fruits, nuts and fish.
This can help to replace iron lost during menstruation, boost your energy levels and reduce fatigue. Pistachio nuts are my favorite and are the most iron rich type of nut!
7. Get Your Vitamin Fix
Vitamin C can help your body absorb iron – so combine it with the above! You can take daily Vitamin C supplements or simply one orange a day can double the amount of iron the body absorbs from plant sources. Plus it’s great for the immune system!
Vitamin B12 + Folate
Vitamin B12 and folate can also help with anemia. B12 and folate are both added to dried commercial cereals and bread products and can also be found in the avocados, bananas, orange juice and green leafy vegetables.
Many women have successfully treated their fibroids using natural methods – but to be effective you need to take a holistic approach. Self motivation and dedication to make lifestyle changes for the better is required to see results.
Taking the natural treatment approach might not be right for everyone, but there are several other treatment options available. You can discuss the treatment plan best options with your physician.