I remember walking around a book store in downtown Denver one month after being diagnosed with endometriosis, frantically searching the “women’s health” section. I felt lost and confused, surrounded by hundreds of books that held titles like Hormone Hiccups and What to Expect When You’re Expecting, only reminding me of what I wasn’t expecting.
Just as I was about to call it quits I ran across Samantha Bowick’s book, Living With Endometriosis: The Complete Guide to Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatment Options. I sat on the floor of this massive book store, skimming the pages and taking notes until I nearly finished the entire book. It wasn’t until this moment that I felt confident in the next steps I needed to take given my diagnosis. I was finally given information that I could stand behind, information that I could understand that was given from a real person. Among other things, Bowick wrote about her personal experience with essential oils, diet, and even self-help and it made me realize that I could heal my body from within. There was more for me than a doctor’s prescription. Suddenly, I didn’t feel so alone.
I didn’t stop there, I was on a research high and on a mission to heal my body naturally. The more I researched, I realized I was going to need to make major life changes.
First, I ditched everything that contained harsh chemicals and toxins. Our liver not only functions to flush out toxins, but it regulates our hormones. Unfortunately, our world is filled with toxins and with all the added pollutants that we’re absorbing, the pressure can hinder the livers ability to function.
Xenoestrogens are fake chemical oestrogens which are found in pesticides and nearly all products including sprayed fruit and produce. Xenoestrogens mimic the function of natural estrogen and disrupt our hormonal balance. Oestrogen encourages endometriosis growth and so if your body thinks it’s absorbing more, so will your endometriosis.
Your body absorbs not only what you eat, but what you put on your skin. This means cosmetics, fragrance, lotions, deodorant, etc.
I was shocked. For years, I had been using products without even knowing the ingredients. Suddenly, I was the lady reading labels in the middle of the store aisle.
I began using essential oils and products with all natural ingredients.
I know that making lifestyle changes is sometimes hard and may seem like an inconvenience. However, I have personally experienced a difference in my symptoms and mental clarity, not to mention what I am giving back to the earth by using non-toxic products. The assurance that I am bettering myself and the planet is such a positive transition that it makes the process worthwhile.
Endometriosis is very personal and I know that we all have our own way of healing. I suggest that you do your research, take into account the things you may not think about and take control of your health.
This doesn’t mean you have to change your entire life over night but becoming aware is important. Do what works best for your body and your lifestyle. Start small and keep things simple, even if that means making your own face wash or buying local and organic foods. It’s not as scary or impossible as you think.
It’s all about taking the first step. Start reading, it will give you perspectives you didn’t know existed. Samantha Bowick is such a strong soul and I truly recommend her book to anyone that is struggling with hormonal issues. You can find out more about her and purchase her book here.