Any woman who has experienced the menstrual cramps, back aches, and other discomforts associated with uterine fibroids has probably wished for a non-invasive way to shrink their growth.
The good news is that hormonal balance is the key, and it can unlock natural ways to shrink fibroids and to reduce their growth.
What Are Fibroids?
Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors commonly found in the uterine wall. Some women are asymptomatic, but over 70% of women in their 30s and 40s develop fibroids. Statistics tell us African-American women are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop fibroids.
Uterine fibroids depend on hormones, and they feed on estrogen. They develop not only due to our own estrogen, but also from human made products and chemicals. Therefore, it is essential to reduce excess estrogen and create balance with healthy progesterone.
There are several natural ways to accomplish this.
Regulate Your Diet
One of the most important changes is to reduce or eliminate red meat and ham as well as processed meats from your diet. Eating these foods puts women at higher risk for developing fibroids.
Some other changes women can make:
- Think green. Eat lots of leafy green vegetables like lettuce, spinach, kale, broccoli, green beans, and brussel sprouts. They are detoxifying and contain Vitamin K.
- Lose weight. Losing weight will help to reduce the growth of fibroids. Being overweight leads to high blood pressure increasing the risk for premenopausal women.
- Avoid refined carbs like white bleached flour.
- Cut down on alcohol and caffeine.
- Choose organic foods free from pesticides.
Easy enough to say, but life throws us curves.. Major life events are associated with the growth of fibroids. Our adrenal glands release the hormone, cortisol, which increases fatty tissues leading to fibroid growth. Consequently, reducing stress will aid in reducing and shrinking fibroids.
Take up yoga and/or meditation, and do more exercise like walking or jogging to help reduce stress.
OTC Medications Can Help
The National Uterine Fibroid Foundation recently stated that anti-inflammatory meds like ibuprofen can not only help to manage the pain of fibroids, but they can help shrink fibroid growth.
Drink Herb Teas
Choose red raspberry and teas which contain milk thistle, dandelion root, and nettle for your afternoon tea time. Green tea is especially helpful to treat fibroids.
The goal should be to promote healthy circulation and detoxify the tissues in the uterus. A happy woman is one that can manage the pain and reduce the heavy and mid-cycle bleeding due to fibroids.
Talk to a Fibroid Specialist in Louisville, KY
While many of these methods may help with pain regulation and shrinking of fibroids, it’s important to discuss symptoms with your doctor. To learn more about treatment options, schedule an appointment with Louisville Fibroids today!