Fibroids are benign growths in and on the uterus. While these growths are non-cancerous, the symptoms they produce feel far from benign. Natural remedies can often help shrink fibroids and help with the pain they can cause during menses. Remedies include apple cider vinegar, blackstrap molasses, beets, and castor oil packs.
While it is possible to have fibroids and not experience symptoms, symptoms are common in women who suffer with fibroids, especially as they grow larger.
Symptoms can include:
- Pain in the pelvic area
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Bladder problems
- Pain that radiates to the legs or back
Fibroids do seem to run in families. Whether this is because of genetic disposition or similar diets and environmental factors is not clear. Diets high in animal products, nutritional deficiencies, use of alcohol and caffeine, and hormonal birth control methods appear to increase the risk of uterine fibroids.
Hysterectomies are a common solution for the problem of fibroids. While this may get rid of the immediate concern, surgery is not without risks and new difficulties can arise as a result of the removal of internal organs.
1. Vitamin D
Research connects a vitamin D deficiency with fibroids. For some women, getting some sunshine daily can provide the needed vitamin D. Others may require a supplement. A blood test to determine vitamin D levels can confirm the need for vitamin D supplementation. Vitamin D can be toxic in large doses or prolonged use, so the monitoring of vitamin D levels for those who use it regularly is wise.
2. Dietary Changes
Diets high in animal products are also high in hormones. (Even organic products contain hormones, though perhaps not as many.) Consuming less animal products and more whole grains, fruits and vegetables will reduce the hormonal load on the body. Preparing meals with pinto beans and lentils instead of meat not only reduces the hormone exposure from animal proteins it provides the estrogen reducing benefit of legumes.
Reducing coffee and alcohol consumption is wise, since caffeine and alcohol have been implicated in fibroid growth.1
Adding beets to your diet can help reduce fibroids. Beets purify the blood and detox the liver. Try adding a beet to your dinner each night, or grate one into your salad at lunch.
4. Essiac Tea
Essiac tea is an herbal tea created to treat cancer, but it also heals benign growths and chronic health problems as well.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw apple cider vinegar helps to alkalize the body while providing probiotics, acetic acid and nutrients. Taking 1 teaspoon in a 10 ounce glass of water between meals twice a day can help with many health issues, including fibroids.
6. Blackstrap Molasses
Blackstrap molasses is a concentrated source of necessary nutrients and can help balance out the system. Blackstrap molasses is also an excellent source of iron, which can help fight anemia, a common problem for women with fibroids.
7. Flax Seed
Flax seed consumption can help remove excess estrogen from the body. Excessive estrogen is a common cause of reproductive health problems, including fibroids.
8. Castor Oil Packs
Castor oil can be used to eliminate growths. Castor oil packs can be used over night four nights a week over the lower abdomen. Do not use castor oil packs during menstruation as castor oil packs increase blood flow.
Modern diets are usually lacking in iodine. Iodine is a critical nutrient. Lack of iodine can cause hypothyroidism and a host of female hormonal problems including fibroids and ovarian cysts.
Selenium is needed for the body to properly use iodine. A selenium supplement can be used or a brazil nut can be eaten daily. (It only takes one brazil nut each day; excessive brazil nut consumption can cause selenium toxicity.)
Vitex, also known as chaste tree berry, is useful for balancing hormones. ½ teaspoon dried vitex berries can be chewed on one at a time throughout the day; they are a bit peppery in taste. Capsules or tinctures can be used instead.
Fibroid Fighting Breakfast Smoothie
This exclusive Earth Clinic recipe combines some of the best fibroid remedies into one breakfast smoothie for ease of use and a great start to your day.
- 1 beet (canned)
- 1 T. flax seed, ground
- 1 t. turmeric
- 1 T. blackstrap molasses:
- 1 cup almond milk
- ¼ cup frozen pineapple
- ½ banana, frozen
- Tiny pinch of sea salt
- Blend together in a blender.
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