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Let Food Be Thy Medicine: Healing Endometriosis

Whenever I hear that something cannot be cured in the health world I cringe wondering if a holistic approach was ever considered. For each negative story circulating about an incurable disease, I either witness or read about that same disease being eradicated in an individual. Endometriosis is one of those ailments. It’s unfortunate when an ailment gets labeled and we get diagnosed many of us take ownership of that label and begin confessing the ailment as “my this” or “my that”. We need to change the negative declarations we are speaking over our health. Endometriosis is a disorder where the endometrial tissue that lines the uterus begins to grow outside of the uterus. The growth oftentimes occur on or around the reproductive organs in the pelvis or abdomen, including the fallopian tubes, ligaments around the uterus, lining of the pelvic cavity, ovaries, outside the surface of the uterus, or the space between the uterus and the rectum or bladder. Rarely this tissue can grow on or around the bladder, cervix, intestines, rectum, stomach, vagina, or vulva. Endometrial tissue that grows in these areas does not shed during a menstrual cycle like healthy endometrial tissue does inside the womb. Each month the abnormal tissue thickens, breaks down, and bleeds however the blood has no way to leave the body. This accumulation of abnormal endometrial tissue outside the womb results in inflammation, uncomfortable cysts, and scarring. The cause of endometriosis is unknown, however there is a theory that the blood or lymphatic system may transport endometrial tissue to other areas of the body. Consuming foods that detoxes the blood and aids in purging waste from our lymphatic system is the goal to heal endometriosis. It's interesting that some of the same foods and herbs which eliminate fibroid tumors also help cure endometriosis since they target the female reproductive system. Fruits and vegetables have a higher nutrient content when consumed raw therefore a raw diet is ideal when curing diseases. Be sure to include in your diet:

  • fibrous foods – fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains

  • iron-rich foods – dark leafy greens, broccoli, beans, nuts

  • rich essential fatty acid foods – walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds

  • antioxidant-rich foods – oranges, berries, cherries, apples, pears, spinach, beets, dark chocolate

  • anti-inflammatory foods – ginger, turmeric, pineapple, papaya, garlic


Due to the advancement of western medicine we sometimes trust more in the “quick fix” than we do in improving our lifestyle for health. As I mentioned before, modern medicine does have advantages and when coupling it with a holistic approach you get better outcomes. Dealing with the symptom of an ailment instead of the root cause of an ailment determines the longevity of your healing. With this understanding, if you are holding on to trauma, feeding your body the wrong foods and not detoxing periodically, hormone therapy or surgery will not correct the ailment. Our bodies will heal itself when we provide the correct sustenance for it to do so, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.


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