70% of women will experience fibroids in their lives before the age of 50 and they are also 2 to 3 times more likely to form in African American women.
Fibroids can be quite painful, while some women don’t even feel them at all.
Symptoms of fibroids:
💥Pressure in the pelvis resulting in constipation or frequent urination
💥Heavy or prolonged bleeding
💥Severe cramping during period
💥Spotting in between periods
So why do we get them? Well, fibroids are dependent entirely on our hormones!
Fibroids have a high amount of estrogen and progesterone receptors. This results in the tissue being very sensitive to estrogen, but at the same time it can’t regulate its estrogen response which is why often times they can grow quite large!
We live in an estrogen dominant world, and most women I see in my practice have this hormonal imbalance.
Note, you don’t have to have high estrogen levels to have estrogen dominance!!!
It’s all about your estrogen to progesterone ratio. So if your progesterone is low and your estrogen is in normal range, you can still have estrogen dominance! .
This biggest culprits to estrogen dominance and fibroids are:
💥Poor estrogen metabolism- if you can’t clear out excess estrogen then this will result in estrogen dominance. Some women have a more difficult time than others due to factors such as the MTHFR gene or fatty liver.
💥High body fat- fat stores and produces estrogen so the more fat you have, the more estrogen you will have.
💥Xenoestrogens- exposure to harmful hormone mimicking toxins that are found in pesticides, herbicides, plastics, synthetic hormones as is found in birth control and hormones found in conventional meat and dairy will create excess estrogen in the body.
Natural Remedies for Fibroids:
1️⃣Support your detox pathways
You can do this by cleaning up your toiletries and household products so as to reduce xenoestrogen exposure. Our toiletries and cleansers tend to get overlooked, yet the play a crucial part in causing painful periods and serious hormonal imbalances because of harmful chemicals called endocrine disrupters.
Endocrine disrupters are chemicals that interfere with the production, release, transport, metabolism, or elimination of the body’s natural hormones, and they’re seriously bad news bears for all of human kind. These endocrine disruptors mimic your hormones, and cause you to be estrogen dominant. About 90% of the clients I see are estrogen dominant, and this is due to the increasingly toxic world we live in.
In addition, you can take a methlated spectrum B vitamin to further support your methylation cycle, and eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables to flush out estrogen.
This is why I always recommend my clients take a fiber blend, as it binds to estrogen to help flush it out. This is my number one go-to for my clients with Endometriosis and fibroids (use the code “HealthierNotions” for $50 off your purchase.)
DIM is a powerful supplement that will flush out excess estrogen and my clients who take this see results in as little as one month, but I recommend talking to your healthcare practitioner before going on it.
Also, make sure any animal products you eat are from clean sources as YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT EATS. So if you’re eating factory farmed animals or animal by products full of synthetic hormones and antibiotics, you’re being exposed to them, too.
2️⃣Castor Oil Packs- .
These will help improve your circulation which will help break up scar tissue and reduce your fibroids. They also relax the whole body-trust me and try it! They’re like taking a chill pill and hitting the reset button. Do these about three times a week for 30 minutes to an hour.
3️⃣Reduce inflammatory foods
Inflammatory foods are like adding fuel to the fibroid fire!
We want to bring down inflammation with anti-inflammatory foods that give you a healthy ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. So fill up your diet with fish oil, flax oil, avocados, coconut oil, and nuts.
Avoid gluten (this one is non-negotiable!!), sugar, and dairy (butter is okay from grass-fed cows, as is full fat cream but in moderation. Some women are okay with sheep and goat milk products because they are lactose free). Consider adding turmeric into your diet or taking a supplement, but make sure it contains black pepper!
And if you are ready to start reducing those fibroids ASAP I encourage you to join my 20 Day Hormone Reboot Online Program!