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Managing Endo pain is not easy. Most of us have tried everything in the book, but sometimes it feels totally hopeless. Here’s a few tips that have helped me manage my pain over the years and I hope it will help you too!
- Cutting out inflammatory foods
I know, this one isn’t fun, but it can be the most beneficial. Since Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease, cutting out unhealthy foods and sticking to an anti-inflammatory diet should help manage pain effectively. Here’s a few things you should avoid at all cost:
– Fried foods
– Highly processed foods
– Red meat
I’m not going to pretend this it’s easy cutting all those foods out of your diet. It’s hard. If you need to, try cutting out 1-2 of the above food groups each week. Do what you need to do to make it not feel so overwhelming. I promise that once you start feeling better you’ll realize that nothing that causes you pain is worth eating. I also noticed that once I switched to an anti-inflammatory diet everything else started tasting toxic and unappealing. You really just have to train your brain to only want the healthy foods your body is craving! If you’re not sure how to get started, just look on Pinterest and stick to Paleo, AIP, and Whole 30 recipes. You can also search “endo diet” and get lots of ideas.
- Turmeric Supplement
Turmeric is known to be a highly anti-inflammatory supplement, and it definitely wouldn’t hurt to add it to your daily routine! Many people see a reduction in pain levels, more energy, and just an overall improvement in wellness. You can get it affordably on Amazon or at any health food store. Make sure you choose one that has black pepper extract in it, as it helps your body to better absorb the turmeric. I’ve tried several different brands, and this one is my favorite!
A few other anti-inflammatory supplements to consider trying:
–Tart Cherry Concentrate
–Wild Blueberry Concentrate
–Great Lakes Collagen
- Epsom Salts
This is probably my favorite when it comes to pain management. After a long day there is nothing better than sinking into a warm bathtub with a sprinkle of Epsom salts. You can find it in a bag at any store, typically in the first aid section. Make sure you get the plain and not scented version. Some of the scented versions contain toxins that you don’t want your body soaking up. I would suggest doing this right before bedtime, especially if you struggle with sleeping due to pain or other reasons. It should help you feel more relaxed and reduce pain levels. I usually add 1-2 cups to a full bathtub.
- Essential Oils
If you’re not already using these, you’re missing out on so many benefits. You can use them for just about anything and even though they’re not meant to “cure” or “treat” any specific condition, they can certainly help give your body support and manage symptoms. I’ve been using them for over 5 years and they can be super helpful. A few of my favorites include peppermint, lavender, lemon, and copaiba. If you want more info or information on managing specific symptoms, you can DM me on Instagram or use the contact form to send me an email. I’m happy to help you navigate the world of essential oils!
Managing Endometriosis isn’t easy, but being consistent and dedicated to your wellness can make a huge difference in your quality of life. Never hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if I can elaborate more on managing those pesky Endo symptoms!