Endometriosis is a serious condition that is causing you pain, confusion, and frustration.
But endometriosis doesn’t just end with the uterus. Many of us think that the endometriosis is linked only to our reproductive organs and pelvic area. But as we all know, it can grow in places all over the body in some cases (kidneys, lungs, brain…)
Endometriosis affects the body in various ways, such as making us feel fatigued most of the time or causing irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Just as endometriosis affects the body, the body can affect endometriosis.
Many women with endometriosis have used various hormone drugs and lots of pain medications. These can put untold strain on the liver, and the liver is your key filter for the body. Undertaking a detox is the most efficient way to start any healing and repairing for the body. Because the liver is important to helping manage endometriosis.
The liver and the importance of looking after this vital organ
Your liver is a vital cleansing organ for the entire body. It cleans and filters everything that travels through your bloodstream. This includes toxins from food, skincare products, waste chemicals and by-products from drugs, toxins from the air you breathe, chemicals off-loaded by natural bodily process – like realising stress hormones that the body no longer needs after the stress has passed.
The liver is responsible for filtering out excess and old hormones from our body. Endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent disease, as estrogen encourages endometriosis growth.
The liver plays a vital role in flushing excess hormones from your system, as well as regulate your immune system by destroying old red and white blood cells. So your liver has a lot of work to do.
When your liver is working efficiently and coping with the amount of cleansing work required, then your body will stay in balance and you will not suffer the effects of toxin overload. This is vital for women with endometriosis so that you can release surplus hormones and toxins, which will give the immune system the opportunity to work where it is needed – helping to tackle endometriosis.
Therefore doing a gentle and steady detox with diet will help your body and your liver to gradually off-load these toxins ad allow your system to work efficiently. However, you can jump-start the detox to help cleanse your liver, which will, in turn, open the ‘gates’ for the rest of your detox to be more effective.
My view is that you should aid the liver in doing its job by boosting liver health. There are actually some very easy ways of doing this.
So, what is the best way to detox the body?
Here is a list of things that can detox the body, from every angle:
Food and Drinks
Green Fresh Juice. You can use this as a regular detox drink if you want to give yourself that instant “clean feeling”. You need three green apples, two kiwis and one lemon (the juice). Don’t add any sweetener.
Avoid the bad fats completely (meat, dairy or junk food). The liver hates these. Eat heaps of green stuff as the liver loves those. Parsley is fantastic!
The dry brush is a fantastic way to release toxins from the body. It’s really good if you scrub the skin surface before showering two times per week. You can do that with a loofa sponge or one of these exfoliating gloves. It allows the skin to breathe again and to release toxins from the body. The skin is an organ and part of its job is to release toxins too! Our skin absorbs everything.
Avoid putting new toxins on the skin, like nasty chemicals, unnatural skin products, cleaners.
Help the liver with some herbs!
The liver loves dandelion. Take some dandelion supplements three times a day and it will help the liver detox so much easier. It works on activating the bile production of the liver, which flushes out excess fats in the body.
Dandelion helps to detoxify your liver (dandelion leaf has an affinity for your kidneys). It also provides essential nutrients for hormone balance such as vitamins A + C, iron, calcium, and potassium, plus some pretty sweet trace minerals.
This herb has been used in medicine for thousands of years.
Milk thistle is one of the best herbs for our liver detox because it has such a powerful influence on liver function.
This herb contains the antioxidant silymarin, repairs the cells in your liver, and protects cells from damage (thereby regenerating the strength of the liver to detox the body of excess estrogen). It is also anti-inflammatory. So, this is one powerful herb for endometriosis!
It helps to:
- Reduce inflammation,
- Stabilize membranes in the liver,
- Increase glutathione production,
- Boost Superoxide Dismutase,
- And decrease liver tumor cell division
Magnesium is a natural detoxifier. You can get magnesium oil and soak your feet in it or you can just get some epsom salts for the bath. These methods are the best ways to absorb magnesium.
A friend of mine, told me that it is really important to support my liver before my period. She is incredible woman who practices natural gynecology. So I start to eat liver-supporting foods in abundance to help my body get rid of any old hormones. My favourite liver supporting foods are arugula (rocket), garlic, kale, beetroot, turmeric, asparagus, and sweet potatoes. Since eating these frequently during my pre-menstrual phase, my PMS symptoms have become easier to cope with and my period has been less painful.
Foods that will support your liver
Garlic – just a small amount of it has the ability to activate liver enzymes that helps your body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.
Beets and carrots – both are extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene. Eating beets and carrots can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.
Grapefruit – the high levels of vitamin C and antioxidant properties of grapefruit work to flush toxins out of your body and prevent them from damaging cells. The grapefruit extract called naringenin can activate the chemicals responsible for fatty acid oxidation. In the long run, this may help prevent fatty liver disease.
Green tea – green tea is known to have very few calories and tons of nutritional benefits. It’s important to note that green tea doesn’t detoxify the body on its own. The phytochemical constituents within the leaves of green tea assist the body’s natural actions in eliminating toxins. Green tea is an excellent supporter of liver function because it contains lots of natural polyphenols.
Apples – apples are really high in pectin. They hold the chemical constituents for the body to cleanse, and release toxins from the digestive tract. And this, makes it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.
Lemons and limes – both contain very high amount of vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesising toxic material onto substance that can be absorbed by water. Drinking fresh-squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning helps stimulate liver.
Whole grains – keeping your liver at optimal health is crucial because this organ plays many important roles in your body. One of the ways to keep it healthy is to eat more whole grains and cereal. Grains, such as brown rice are rich in B-complex vitamins, nutrients known to improve overall fat metabolism, liver function, and liver decongestion.
Maintaining a healthy diet is critical to assisting your liver do it’s job better! The American Liver Foundation suggests eating grains, proteins, dairy, fruit, vegetables, and good fats. Also, eat plenty of fiber, which you can get from fruits, veggies, grains, breads, and cereals. Of course, those of us following the EndoDiet will be avoiding dairy, soy, and gluten.
Alcohol is the most famous way you can damage your liver. “Pickle your liver,” is a common expression. Alcohol is processed through the liver and can cause irreversible damage, leading to many different types of alcohol-related liver disease.
Fatty foods and obesity can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Mind your diet. Exercise. You only get one body…
Written by Lora Rizova. Find more of her blog content here: https://www.myorganiclife.me/