+15 Safe Natural Remedies To Take At Home
Uterine fibroids can be quite hard to treat naturally or through hormonal medications prescribed by doctors.Scientists have not figured out exactly why fibroids occur. The overproduction of estrogen is thought to play a role.Most natural treatments for fibroids, including diet therapy, focuses on reducing estrogen to combat fibroid growth. but you may be unknowingly receiving estrogen from the foods you eat, for example, some produce is sprayed with environmental estrogens, like xenoestrogens; which is why eating organic fruits and vegetables is almost always a better option.
Eating foods that help decrease the production of estrogen and that do not contain any estrogen may help by limiting the size of fibroids, preventing further growth and decreasing symptoms.
You also want to eat foods that support the liver. As with most conditions linked to hormones, any preventative measures you take on your own should focus on helping your body efficiently get rid of excess toxins through the liver.
Suffering from fibroids is not something you would wish your worst enemy. There is a lot of pain associated with it and loss of blood too. One of the side effects is anemia, and that is another case to deal with. It is not a pleasant experience to keep losing so much of yourself to this disease let alone the pain that one actually experiences. Many have sought after medical specialists to help them with the issue and that is good for them. Even so, there are better ways to deal with the problem.
Doctors nor Natural healthcare practitioners have been able to find an exact solution for getting rid of uterine fibroids permanently. To avoid the intake of medication that also has side effects.
There is no need to put yourself on taking more substances in your body when you can get natural remedies that are far safer, healthier, readily available and cheaper. The home remedies that you can try are as follows:
(1) LEMON JUICE
Lemon juice helps a great deal in reducing the symptoms of fibroids. If you are worried about the bitter taste of lemon, then take solace in knowing that you only need two teaspoons of it. Add this to a glass of water together with one teaspoon of baking soda and drink it. Drink this as regularly as you can for excellent results.
(2) CASTOR OIL
Castor oil has proved to be very effective when it comes to fighting fibroids. Warm some castor oil and place it in a bowl. Take a clean piece of a washcloth and soak it in the oil until it becomes completely absorbs the oil. Put this piece of cloth in the abdomen area and cover it with a plastic wrap. Boil some water, put in a hot water bottle and lace it on the wrapped piece of cloth. Leave it to stay until morning. To get remarkable results keep up with this treatment up to a minimum of three weeks.
Fibroids have been linked to the improper balancing of the hormones in the body. Garlic has vitamin B6, C and some other minerals that are excellent when it comes to bringing to balance the hormones. Garlic is also an antioxidant and therefore can cure fibroids and prevent its growth. All you have to do is to chew raw garlic cloves and drink some water to wash down the aftertaste if you cannot stand it. Do this on a regular basis for effective results.
(4) TURMERIC POWDER
Turmeric is a spice that has some amazing healing properties and consequently fights against fibroids. 445 mg of turmeric extract will do the trick for you or even turmeric capsules. If you are taking the capsules, take it thrice a day. When you are using it in its purest form, every meal that you prepare should have this spice. An alternative to using it on meal preparations, you can mix it with water, boil it for 15 minutes, let it cool and drink it. Mix two tablespoons of the powder with 32 ounces of water.
First and foremost, it has to be pure honey; 100% honey. Blend honey with ingredients like aloe juice, pollen or water and take it. To make a simple drink, take one glass of pure water, add honey to it and a tablespoon of pollen. Take a cup of aloe juice and add to the mixture. Mix all these ingredients perfectly and drink it. Do this repeatedly for the best results.
Chasteberry is a natural remedy for fibroids, and it has proved to be very effective. It functions by balancing the female hormones in the body as well as stimulating the pituitary gland. To use Chasteberry, you can make tea out of it and drink it, take it as a tablet or in tincture. An alternative to all these is extracting its juice and taking a minimum of thirty drops or a maximum of fifty drops in a day. Do this for three months, and you will note a change.
(7) RED RASPBERRY LEAF
Red raspberry has a lot of minerals and vitamins, and it restores what the body looses because of fibroid tumors. It has been very vital in the reduction of the size of fibroids tumors and even cysts. All you have to do is chop up some raspberry leaves and add them to boiling water. Let it boil for 5-10 minutes, filter it and your drink is ready. If this is more than you bargained for, you can buy red raspberry tea bags and use them to prepare tea. Bring to boil four cups of pure water and soak in four tea bags of raspberry. Leave it in for 30 minutes and then remove the tea bags. Add some sweetener to it, stir it and drink it.
(8) GREEN TEA
Green tea has been found to have some very powerful ingredient to it that has the ability to prevent the growth of fibroid tumor cells and consequently increase the rate in which they are growing. This will result in their elimination. The compound responsible for this prevention is called Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is an anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative and an anti-oxidant. These properties are what help even in reducing the manifestations of the symptoms associated with fibroids. Drink two or three cups of green tea on a daily basis or take its capsule (400mg). Take this for a number of months for a noticeable change.
When there is an inappropriate and ineffective elimination of hormones from the body, the expected end results can be the development of fibroid tumors. Hormones are usually eliminated by the liver, and this means that one’s liver has to be in perfect working condition. Dandelion helps in detoxifying the liver, and this is great for excess estrogen elimination. Take three tablespoons of dandelion root and put it in three and a half cups of water and let it simmer for roughly 15 minutes. Allow these ingredients to steep for around 15 minutes and strain the liquid. Take this tea for a minimum of three weeks thrice a day, and you will see the results.
(10) MILK THISTLE
Milk thistle is a home remedy that is adequate, sufficient and very reliable when it comes to dealing with fibroids head-on. Primarily, milk thistle will cause the fibroid tumors to shrink. It also serves to eliminate the excess estrogen in the body which leads to a hormonal imbalance that promotes the growth of fibroid tumors. Using milk thistle requires you to take 140mg of it every day, three times a day. You can take this for at least three months. Alternatively, you can make tea with it by mixing it with a chaste tree. Put one tablespoon of this tree in one-quarter cup of water and simmer it for 50 minutes. Turn off the source of heat and add a tablespoon of milk thistle and leave it in for roughly 30 minutes. Take this tea four times a day, and you will see a notable change in your condition. As useful as this remedy is, avoid it if you are pregnant as it is not healthy for your pregnancy.
Ginger is very effective when it comes to reducing the pain that one goes through because of fibroids and also increases the blood flow to the uterus. Prepare ginger tea by adding ginger roots in boiling water. When it is ready, strain it and drink it. You can take this tea as often as you wish in a day. Do so until you see the desired results and are impressed.
(12) OLIVE OIL
This is also one of the easiest ways to go about relieving yourself off of fibroids tumors and symptoms. Olive oil works by blocking estrogen. When the level of estrogen is minimal or within the desired range, then there is no risk of fibroids. If they already exist, by inhibiting estrogen, then it inhibits further growth of fibroids. All you have to do is take a tablespoon of this oil together with lemon juice as the first thing after waking up while your stomach is still empty.
(13) APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
This solution is great when dealing with tumors that are non-cancerous. The preparation process is very easy, and all you will require is water and apple cider vinegar. Take 8 ounces of water and mix two tablespoons of this vinegar in it. Stir it thoroughly and drink the solution. You can also add baking soda to the equation. In a glass of water, add two teaspoons of this vinegar and one teaspoon of baking soda. Stir it well and drink it
This is by far the most interesting remedy. Fish has omega-3 fatty acid, and it is excellent when it comes to treating fibroids. Increase your intakes of fish like tuna, salmon and sardines, and you will see a change.
This is also an easily accessible remedy. Onions are antioxidants in nature, and this property is excellent for healing fibroids. Other than this, it also helps in balancing the female hormones in the body. All you have to do is to eat raw onions and wash down with some water to get rid of the aftertaste.
Can Diet Help in Management of Fibroids?
You need to avoid any food which naturally increases estrogen levels, or which recycles estrogen into a more aggressive form.These foods should be eliminated from your diet to help regulate estrogen levels in your body: These are the foods which are part of an anti-estrogen eating plan. The idea is to exclude these foods from your diet plan, which are likely to encourage estrogen production. Avoiding these foods can reduce the size of fibroids, prevent further growths and reduce symptoms of fibroids.
Drinking excessive alcohol can increase inflammation throughout the body, weakens immune function and increases hormonal imbalances. Alcohol also interferes with the proper functioning of your liver & prevents it from efficiently breaking down hormones which can increase the risk of estrogen dominance.
By reducing your alcohol consumption, you can bring your hormonal balance and heal uterine fibroids faster.
Caffeine when consumed in higher quantities can tax your liver. In such case lever won’t be able to perform at its optimum level to keep your hormones in check. Estrogen levels gets boosted if you drink more than two cups of coffee. This worsen conditions with a hormonal basis like fibroids.
Reduced consumption of alcohol and caffeine makes it easier for liver to detoxify your body and keep your hormones in proper, fibroid-discouraging balance. Caffeine laden beverages have high levels of methylanthins which, in turn, create a high level of bio-chemicals in your body which can develop fibroid.
(3) PROCESSED MEATS
When it comes to fibroids, high-fat, processed meats are the worst food choices for you. Meats are usually high in unhealthy fats and it can increase inflammation levels and often contain chemical additives. (Think hamburgers and processed breakfast sausages.) Always opt for lean white meat in your diet for a protein source instead.
(4) HIGH FAT DAIRY PRODUCTS
Fibroids tumors are fed by high fat dairy products because they are often high in added hormones. Women with fibroid are highly encourage to remove these products from their diet like whole milk, butter & cream. Always opt for organic hormone free products for your daily consumption.
Salts can worsen the symptoms of fibroids especially during the menstrual cycle for women with fibroids. Lots of canned, frozen and fast foods contain high amounts of salts. Always read the food labels carefully before you buy and make sure not to add any additional salt to your food. You can try to use salt alternatives such as Lemons, Garlic, Herbs etc.
(6) REFINED SUGAR & CARBOHYDRATES
Refined sugar can reduce body’s immune function and increases pain. It can also lead to hormonal imbalance and weight gain, two factors that encourage fibroids development. Higher dietary glycemic index is associated with higher risk of fibroids in some women.
Refined Carbohydrates can greatly increase your insulin levels and disturbs your hormonal balance. Consumption of instant hot cereals and commercial breads which contains processed grains can cause a sharp rise in insulin. Refined carbohydrates don’t have good nutritional value and leads to negative health consequences as they are stripped of everything but starch.
FOODS TO FOCUS ON
These are foods which are part of an anti-estrogen eating plan. The idea is to exclude foods from your diet which are likely to encourage estrogen production and in doing so, hopefully reduce the size of fibroids, prevent further growths and reduce symptoms of fibroids.
The following are the list of Foods that should be added by women with fibroid as part oftheir anti-estrogen diet plan:
(1) Cruciferous vegetables help the liver detox. Broccoli, cabbage, turnips, watercress, radish and arugula are all great choices. Avoid overcooking these vegetables so that they retain most of their nutrients.
(2) Foods to help detoxify your body are also recommended. Garlic, carrots, beets and drinking plenty of water will help with detoxification.
(3) Foods that contain carotenes should be added to your diet for fibroids. Apricots, sweet potato, cantaloupe, carrots, pumpkin and spinach are all sufficient sources.
(4) Eat foods containing vitamin E, like almonds, wheat germ, hazelnuts and cod liver oil.
(5) Natural anti-inflammatory foods can help as well. Pineapple and fresh rosemary have been shown to help decrease inflammation.
(6) An antioxidant called polyphenol, which is found in green tea, can help to counteract the effects of estrogen.
(7) Consider taking a multivitamin every day. Look for one that has 100% daily value for vitamins: B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B12 and B6. Vitamins C, D, E and folic acid should also be included, as well as a max of 15,000 IUs of beta-carotene (vitamin A).
Note: What you must understand is that although important, your diet is not the only factor in fibroid formation.Lowering estrogen levels solely through diet does not and will not cure a fibroid condition.
Indeed, it is the subtle interaction of a number of other situations and conditions such as our lifestyles, levels of exercise, the amount of estrogen in our bodies, toxicity levels, exercise levels and hereditary factors which all have an influence.
Living with fibroids can be uncomfortable and painful. Doing everything you can at home to benefit your body in the fight against fibroids, can help improve your biological system and decrease the symptoms of fibroids that you experience. Make sure to speak with you doctor about managing your fibroids and about any drastic dietary changes. Adding and eliminating certain foods to help regulate levels of estrogen in your body may assist in managing fibroids until you are able to undergo a permanent solution.
(1) Avoid ready-made entrees which are packaged in plastic containers. Never leave a plastic food wrap on food while heating in a microwave. Studies have shown that plastic can leech into the food from the containers, which will influence estrogen levels in your body when consumed.
(2) Always aim for organic produce where possible to avoid chemicals and toxins, in particular environmental estrogens (xenoestrogens) which are sprayed on food plants
(3) Also get the advice of your health care consultant before you start oral contraceptives and other family planning products.
Dr. Bunmi Omoseyindemi MBBS Lagos MA Ibadan FNANM
Health Care Consultant