Since being diagnosed with endometriosis in January 2018, health and wellness have become more important to me than ever before. I have put together the following volume of information regarding food, supplements and practices that are beneficial for women with endometriosis, but really for everyone. Even if you don’t have endometriosis, I highly encourage you to look at the information I have gathered. The endo lifestyle is anti-inflammatory, gluten-free, sugar-free and immune-boosting. My research includes a book called “The Plant Paradox” by Dr. Gundry which aims to remove lectins from our diet, so these guidelines are also lectin-free.
At least 1 in 10 women have endometriosis, though the numbers are likely much higher. The cause of endometriosis is unknown, and it is considered “incurable” by Western medicine. The endometrium is the lining of the uterus which receives an egg each month. In a healthy body, the endometrium is shed each month with the egg during menstruation. However, the endometrium, for reasons still unknown, can migrate outside of the uterus and implant on other tissues, including other organs. Even though these implants are outside of the uterus, they continue behaving as though they were still inside and try to exit the body as they would normally every month. This translates to excruciating pain as the implants scar and bleed internally in an effort to exit the body. In other words, several organs contract simultaneously, hence the pain. I suffered from this progressive disease for 13 years before getting diagnosed. Not only is awareness of this disease practically nonexistent, treatment difficult or impossible, but women with endometriosis also face incredible stigma. If you or someone you know has an abnormally painful cycle (among many symptoms), please don’t wait to get help. Untreated endometriosis leads to infertility and sometimes cancer. I am here for anyone who has questions. Endo sisters around the world, I am with you and we will heal!