I created this website because I found out that I had a fibroid, and instead of surgery I was interested in trying to heal myself naturally. The first thing I had done was a blood panel to determine where all of my vitamin levels were, as well as any food allergies. I had read that this is a good starting point in creating a road map, so to speak, of determining how to start a plan of action in healing yourself. The information can give you and your doctor signs of where to start. For me, it was loud and clear. I was severely anemic, most likely due to my heavy menstrual flow from the uterine fibroid. I immediately started taking an iron supplement. My doctor also wanted me to see a hematologist just to make sure there weren’t any other problems besides the loss of blood every month from my period. The hematologist said my blood work looked fine, I was just severely low in iron due to the heavy periods every month. I was in the range of a 6 and 12 is normal. My Dr.’s comment was, “I’m surprised your still walking!” Looking back I now remember getting dizzy spells often, as well as my hair thinning. But that is another blog all on it’s own. He suggested taking a higher dose of iron or getting iron infusions. I chose the infusions because he said I would feel the benefits quicker than taking a supplement.
In implementing a lot of different changes to help heal myself of this condition, I found my overall health starting to improve. Old digestive issues that I had for years were now gone, and my rosacea on my cheeks had disappeared. I started taking herbs and supplements, and now two years later my vitamin levels are fantastic, I’m no longer anemic and my symptoms are manageable. I have also reduced the flow of my period. Yet I still encounter pain during my menstrual cycle, but I have learned to manage it. I drink certain teas before my cycle, and during to help with pain, as well as ibuprofen. I have tried so many different natural pain relievers, and for me the only thing that has seemed to help was ibuprofen. The pain generally happens my first two to three days, and subsides after that. When I first found out about this condition my pain lasted for about the duration of my entire period.
Through my own personal research I found many articles and books that all touched on my condition. The resounding information that I collectively kept finding was the topic of diet. So first on my list was to change my diet. I decided to cut out: dairy, wheat, sugar, eggs and soy. A large majority of the information I have found all said that it was very important to focus on changing your diet to whole foods, mainly plant based, and eliminating as many animal based foods as possible. Meat and dairy raise blood estrogen levels, so it is a good idea to eliminate these items when you have an estrogen dominant condition such as uterine fibroids. When trying to figure out other forms of protein, cold water fish such as sardines, herring, mackerel, and salmon were all highly recommended for the best fish to eat. The best grains to incorporate into your diet are short grain brown rice, millet, buckwheat and wild rice. When focusing on vegetables, dark green leafy vegetables such as collard greens, spinach, kale, broccoli and seaweed are some of the best veggies to prepare. When preparing vegetables try roasting, steaming, or a light sauté. Frying or cooking at high heats for a long period of time can deplete much of their nutritional content.
In the morning, quinoa, gluten free oats, and brown rice are all great ideas for plant based proteins. I like to prepare them warm, and either savory or sweet. You want to stay away from high fructose corn syrup, sugar and any processed packaged foods. To sweeten things, use small quantities of real maple syrup, raw honey or smashed banana. This is just quick information to help guide you. You can further your research, and what was my foundation of knowledge, with these excellent books that touch on everything from diet, exercise, alternative methods to healing, and much more.
The first book that I read was:
“Healing Fibroids, A Doctor’s guide to a Natural Cure,” by Allan Warshowsky, M.D. and Elena Oumano. This was my favorite book! Second book was, “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom,” by Christiane Northrup, M.D., a book I feel every woman should have. Last, but not least, “The Uterine Health Companion,” by Eve Agee, PhD. This book is a bit more condensed than Dr. Northrup’s book and an excellent reference to go to on a daily basis.
The thing that I have learned is that consistency is key. Try something and stick to it. You can start to overwhelm yourself with information and things to try, so keep it simple and start with one thing to change. Just remember to take it one step at a time, and don’t overwhelm yourself with too many changes all at once.
What I have realized through all of this, is that being present and really paying attention to what is good for my body and what isn’t has been of paramount importance in the way that I FEEL. I truly believe that this has been a blessing in disguise, and has taught me how to take even better care of my health, and to listen to my intuition and let it guide me into making better decisions in my life, as well as for my health. I have found that I will have good days, and not so great days, but my overall well-being has greatly improved and I feel better then ever, and have noticed such a difference in my skin as well!