A fibroid is a benign tumour made up of muscular and fibrous tissue which develops in the uterus. Mainly effecting women between 30-50 yrs although can affect younger women. It is suggested that 4 out of 5 women will have fibroids at some point during their lives although 75% are symptom free, so completely unaware they have them. In fact many women with fibroids will never experience any problems whilst performing their daily activities as well as maintaining a good quality of life. Fibroids start to shrink naturally after menopause.
However, some women experience symptoms so severe that their ability to maintain their day-to-day activities proves difficult. For these women medication to regulate hormone levels, or surgery to remove the fibroid/s and in some cases remove the uterus, (hysterectomy) seems to be the only way to obtain relief from the unpleasant symptoms.
There are four types of Uterine Fibroids.
Subserosal fibroids, found on the outer uterine wall, can continue to grow putting additional pressure on surrounding organs, causing pelvic pain/pressure.
Submucosal fibroids, found just under the lining of the uterine cavity are the least common type, these large fibroid tumours may increase the size of the uterus cavity, blocking the fallopian tubes causing complications with fertility. Can cause very heavy, excessive menstrual bleeding and prolonged menstruation.
Pedunculated fibroids grow on a stalk, and can grow inside or outside of the uterine wall. They can cause pain and pressure as the fibroids are able to twist on the stalk.
Intramural fibroids, these benign tumours also known as uterine leiomyomas or myomas are found within the uterine wall. The most common of the fibroids can make the uterus feel larger than normal when it expands, so is sometimes mistaken for pregnancy or weight gain.
The additional pressure placed on surrounding organs by the growth of the fibroid can cause frequent urination and pressure. It can also cause excessive menstrual bleeding, prolonged menstrual cycles, pelvic, back pain and bloating. If located in the cervix area can cause some pain/discomfort during intercourse.
There are no clear reasons why we get fibroids although it is thought that hormones may be a factor. With genetics and ethnicity playing a role. Fibroids are known to be more common in black women.
Nonetheless there is growing evidence, albeit anecdotal, that nutrition can help in reversing and preventing the majority of degenerative diseases we are plagued with today.
We have long forgotten that as women we are very intuitive beings, nobody knows our own body better than we do and if we really think about it we may be able to remember that our body was giving plenty of warnings that all was not well. Everything you feel, that slight niggling pain, the headache, feeling tired and listless are all signs that our immune system is struggling to do its job.
If the immune system is in full working order, nothing can penetrate it. The immune system is our body’s defence against infectious organisms and other invaders. The immune system attacks organisms and substances that invade our systems and cause disease. It is made up of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body. We were not designed to get sick!
Ignoring the warning signs as we so often do because of the pressure of family, housework, cooking, looking after elderly parents as well as holding down jobs will eventually take its toll.
So what can we do to heal naturally. We need to get back to basics, it would be almost impossible to revert back to just being a wife, mother and grandmother but we can prioritise and make sure that we look after our bodies properly, make time for ourselves, to pamper and nourish our inner self.
Food for Thought
An 87 year old homeless man, interviewed during the 1970s, was asked how he looked so good, he said “living on the streets is a choice for me, I like the freedom it affords me. And,” he continued, “I don’t eat junk food.”
The market vendors would give him left over fruit or vegetables, whilst a few local restaurant owners would provide him with a free wholesome meal occasionally. He was incredibly fussy about what he put into his own body.
Why didn’t he eat junk food “if I don’t look after my body, I will have nowhere to live.”
To kick start the bodies inborn healing mechanism we have to change the way we nourish ourselves. A 7 day freshly extracted juice body cleanse is an excellent way to begin. Natures fast food flooding the system with all the nutrients it requires, followed by a maintenance programme of one or two juices a day and a “clean” meal.
As well as eating clean it is necessary to manage what you feed your mind, as stress and emotional problems are on the increase with women having to deal with more and more pressures as mentioned above. Think about what you ingest through your ears and eyes, turn off the tv and change your reading material if necessary.
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29th February 2016