3 Things Women with Uterine Fibroids Should Be Doing Daily

3 Things Women with Uterine Fibroids Should Be Doing Daily

Dark leafy green vegetables are one of the best ways to promote healthy estrogen metabolism.

Dark leafy green vegetables are one of the best ways to promote healthy estrogen metabolism.

Uterine fibroids are extremely common… 30% of women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s have them. Uterine fibroids themselves can impact fertility by way of interfering with proper implantation of an embryo, but it is the hormone imbalance that contributes to this fertility issue that is often of greatest concern.

While doctors understand there needs to be an event that causes fibroids to develop, the exact cause of this initial uterine fibroid formation is unknown. What is known is that hormonal factors appear to play a role in their growth. Uterine fibroids are estrogen-sensitive, meaning that they respond to estrogen in the same way that the lining of your uterus does – growing in response to the estrogen circulating in the body. Excess estrogen is one of the main culprits in causing not only fibroid growth, but also hormonal imbalance, which then causes disordered ovulation and may affect a woman’s ability to conceive and sustain pregnancy.

There are ways to support the body in maintaining a healthy environment within the uterus, and thankfully these 3 simple lifestyle changes may offer great support in healthy estrogen metabolism. Poor estrogen metabolism is a contributing factor to fibroid growth making it important to support healthy estrogen metabolism every day.

3 Things To Do Daily to Encourage Estrogen Metabolism

Beyond starting your natural fertility program for uterine fibroids with a Fertility Cleanse, you should also consider…

1. Liver Health Support
The liver helps to filter excess hormones and toxins that lead to hormone imbalance within the body. Two commonly known liver health herbs are milk thistle seed and dandelion root and leaf.

  • Milk Thistle Seed (Silybum marianum) encourages cell renewal through gentle cleansing to ensure optimal liver health. In addition, Milk Thistle seed stimulates the secretion of bile which aids in digestion. We know Milk Thistle Seed as one of the most protective plants for liver health.
  • Dandelion Root & Leaf (Taraxicum officinalis) provide liver support for improved hormonal balance. Dandelion leaf is high in vitamins and minerals and is nourishing to the entire body. The root aids in liver health and stimulates digestion for improved estrogen metabolism.

2. Nourish Your Endocrine System
The endocrine system is affected not only by the stress in our daily lives, but also the toxins in the environment. Following the Natural Fertility Diet to nourish and support this system will help it function at its best and keep hormones balanced. It is also important to avoid foods and lifestyle products that may contribute to estrogen dominance.


Foods to Eat:
Fiber
Dark green leafy vegetables
Whole grains
Fresh fruit
Maca
FertiliGreens or Spriulina
Flaxseed- freshly ground
Foods to Limit:
Note: Choose organic sources
Dairy
Eggs
Red meat
Pork
Coffee
Soy

Lifestyle Products to Avoid –

Xenoestrogens:
Plastics
Pesticides
Herbicides
Hormone replacement therapy
Non-natural body care products
Non-natural make-up
Anti-nutrients:
Saturated fats
Sugar
Caffeine
Alcohol
Unsaturated vegetable oils
Junk foods

3. Consider Supplement Support

  • Fibro Defense – an herbal formula designed to help reduce excess estrogen and stimulate liver activity for improved estrogen metabolism.
  • DIMa nutrient found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale and rutabaga with the ability to balance hormones and aid in the breakdown of estrogen.

Uterine fibroids, while mysterious, are known to be fueled by estrogen from not only the body, but also from our food, lifestyle products and environment. Working to decrease daily exposure to contributors to estrogen dominance and support the body in healthy estrogen metabolism are ways in which woman dealing with this fertility issue can support their bodies and work toward achieving natural pregnancy.


References:
1. Mayo Clinic – Uterine Fibroids http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/uterine-fibroids/basics/definition/CON-20037901
2. Gladstar, Rosemary. Herbal Healing for Women: Simple Home Remedies for Women of All Ages, Simon & Schuster, New York (1993)
3. Rodriguez, Hethir., The Best Natural Remedies for Uterine Fibroids, http://natural-fertility-info.com/the-best-natural-remedies-for-fibroids.html
4. Romm, Aviva. Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health, Churchhill Livingstone (2010)

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  1. I love what I am reading! I have had two operations to remove firboid and the sad thing is that they are growing back. I would like your advice on the products I should buy for the fibroids to shrink and be able to conceive. I have been trying to conceive for like 4 years.

    Kindly assist me.

  2. Hello:

    Thank you for another article about fibroids. This year I have tried two kinds of Dim, a high dosage of Vitamin A and Vitex. My cycle is not as heavy but I do have a small cyst and fibroid. I take Megafoods daily vitamins (6 a day formula), drink herbal teas daily and avoid most processed foods. I do not eat dairy, red meat or pork. However I am still suffering with terrible cramps, vomiting and frequent bathroom trips on my cycle. I am wondering which product to try next? Should it be another kind of Dim? Fibroid Defense? Milk Thistle? I know it’s all trial and error so I am not giving up. Thank you again for this article.

  3. If you are abiding by the modern healthcare ideals, then yes, keep away from all the fat that helps your brain to function, hormones to regulate, and helps you to absorb nutrients and vitamins. However, if you are a studied believer in real food, then eat fats, HEALTHY fats. Good fats do NOT lead to an Estrogen dominance. Quite the opposite, hormones are made out of cholesterol and the foods that have the highest cholesterol also contain the best types of fats. If you don’t eat enough cholesterol, your body can’t make hormones.

    Here are six GREAT foods to boost your cholesterol to help balance your hormones naturally: Egg Yolks, Liver, Fish Oils, Animal Fats, Butter, Red Meat

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Boholistic Mom,

      We support eating quality good fats from vegetable sources, but also organic and grass fed animal sources. Not all fats need to be avoided when dealing with uterine fibroids, however saturated fats should be. Saturated fats are considered anti-nutrients. I will clarify this in my list here is this article.

      This being said, fats from animal products can contribute to inflammation within the body, can be congesting and trigger “flare-ups” (pain) and hormone imbalance when they are not organic, free range or grass fed. Products from conventionally raised animals contain a variety of xenohormones and antibiotics which are known to be toxic the the human body and contribute to the hormone imbalance and estrogen dominance that is a culprit with this fertility issue. Anti-nutrients such as alcohol, sugar and saturated fats make it difficult for your body to regulate hormones. A healthy diet may help reduce some of the symptoms.

      In short is it is best to avoid or limit your consumption of foods that have hormones in them, such as processed foods, non-organic eggs, meat and dairy products.

      Quality sources of beneficial fats are coconut oil, flax seeds (fresh ground), cage free organic eggs, wild Alaskan salmon, avocado and even sunflower oil.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  4. I guess there is a contradiction between getting rid of fibroid and willing for conceiving. The former needs low levels of estrogen while the latter require high level of estrogen related with good fertility. Please help me understand the situation because I experience such situation. Thanks!

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Majda,

      It is important to maintain healthy hormone balance, including healthy estrogen balance, for health fertility and reproductive system function.

      Low levels of estrogen are not necessary for the helping the body maintain and support its natural ability to reduce occurrences of occasional growths within the uterus. What should be considered is eliminating excess harmful estrogens so the body’s naturally produced estrogen can be properly utilized. In order to promote healthy estrogen balance within our bodies, we have to protect ourselves from harmful xenoestrogens (toxins) and anti-nutrients. Xenoestrogens may cause estrogen dominance. Because of this we must also consider liver supporting herbs for natural detoxification.

      Uterine fibroids are estrogen-sensitive, meaning that they respond to estrogen in the same way that the lining of your uterus does — growing in response to circulating estrogen. Excess estrogen in one of the main culprits in causing fibroid/polyp growth.

      Hormones fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle and I think our Estrogen Fertility Guide may also help you understand the function and importance of this hormone throughout the cycle and to achieve successful pregnancy.

      I hope this offered clarity!