Natural Remedies for Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous, or benign, tumors that grown in the uterus and range in size from microscopic to a few pounds in weight. They are formed during the child-bearing years and may be formed because of imbalances in hormones. Though doctors are unsure what starts them growing, it is known that estrogen directly contributes to their continued growth. After menopause uterine fibroids are known to shrink and may completely disappear as exposure to estrogen is significantly decreased.

 

What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?

  • Periods that are heavier than normal or longer than normal causing anemia.
  • Painful periods
  • Spotting or bleeding between periods
  • Pain in the abdomen, lower back or pelvis.
  • Pain during intercourse.
  • Bloating.
  • Frequent urination
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Kidney and ureter blockage
  • Difficult or painful bowel movements
  • Infertility
  • Placental abruption, premature labor and other pregnancy problems.
  • Miscarriages

Can I prevent uterine fibroids?

Unfortunately, Doctors aren’t quite sure what exactly causes uterine fibroids to form, so there’s no way to prevent them from happening. However, by controlling the amount of estrogen allowed to sit in the body, you may be able to help shrink fibroids.

How can I treat uterine fibroids?

  • Avoid processed foods such as bleached flours, sugars, and other simple carbs. These affect insulin levels which can in turn affect the way your body handles estrogen.
  • Avoid fried foods. These foods make it more difficult for the liver to process estrogen.
  • Stay away from coffee and caffeine as these too affect the liver.
  • Increase your intake of leafy greens, lentils, beans and free range, organic chicken free of hormones. These foods can be high in phytoestrogens which help to counter regular estrogen.
  • Work on losing weight as estrogen is stored in fat cells.
  • Remove commercial beef and dairy products from your diet as these tend to be higher in hormones.
  • Exercise for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. This has been shown to reduce estrogen levels and stimulate the pain-relieving natural chemicals called endorphins.
  • Consider a fertility cleanse to help flush out the liver and uterus, increasing the livers ability to process estrogen naturally.
  • Eliminate as much exposure to xenohormones, often found in plastics and food-chemical compounds, as possible.
  • Increase your fiber intake; fiber helps to urge estrogen out of the body.
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