Fibroids are benign tumors that grow on the lining of the uterus. They are generally caused by an excess of the hormone estrogen, which is supposed to work in a careful balance with the hormone progesterone. Estrogen thickens the uterine lining, a process that occurs naturally during the first half of the menstrual cycle. Progesterone circulates in the blood during the first half of the cycle, and it acts during the second half to eliminate the thickened uterine lining. When there is too much estrogen and not enough progesterone, the uterine lining thickens more than it should, causing growths that turn into fibroids. Fibroids can cause difficult menstrual periods, as well as back pain and abdominal pain.
A healthy balance of estrogen and progesterone both dissolves fibroids once they have grown, and it also prevents them from growing in the first place. Take the steps in this article simultaneously rather than chronologically; together, they can restore or maintain proper hormonal balance.
Things You'll Need
- Low fat diet
Limit exposure to substances that can cause excess estrogen production. These include birth control pills, hormone replacement drugs, chemical pesticides, plastic cookware and growth hormones found in meat and dairy products that come from factory farmed animals. Your body will produce less estrogen if you limit your exposure to these substances, and your fibroids will start to dissolve.
Find a diet plan that works for you and stick to it. Fat cells produce estrogen. Minimizing body fat can lessen the amount of estrogen that your body produces. Exercise regularly to turn fat tissue into muscle. Without the extra fat tissue, your estrogen level will drop, enabling your body to start dissolving fibroids.
Minimize stress. When we experience chronic stress, our bodies convert progesterone into a stress hormone called cortisol. This process upsets the balance of estrogen and progesterone, causing us to grow fibroids. By restoring a healthy balance, you can shrink and dissolve the fibroids that grew as a result of the original imbalance.
Eat high fiber foods to increase bowel movements that excrete estrogen. Avoid foods that put extra strain on your liver, such as caffeine, alcohol, salt and sugar. When you're liver is busy processing them, it can't break down estrogen as effectively. Eat fish such as tuna and salmon, which can help reduce inflammation, shrinking fibroids.
Consider enzyme therapies to control estrogen levels and shrink fibroids. A supplement called Vitalzym contains systematic enzymes that dissolve fibrin, an important component of uterine fibroids. Consult your health care practitioner about dissolving fibroids with Vitalzym, and carefully follow the dosing guidelines on the package.