Uterine fibroids are extremely common. In fact, about 75 percent of women experience them at some point in their lives.
Fibroids are usually benign (non-cancerous) tumors that grown inside the womb, but what causes them, and why are some people more prone to getting them?
Let's start with a look at our hormones...because this is where it all begins.
Estrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone all need to be in balance.
Progesterone is the “letdown” hormone – it lets down blood flow, it lets down breast milk, and it lets down the baby at birth…I call it the elastic hormone, because it allows the cervix to expand so that the baby can slip out.
Any woman who experiences monthly cramps, PMS, long painful labor during childbirth, or difficulty breast feeding needs to consider that she may have too much estrogen and not enough progesterone the "let down" hormone.
Now let's look at our liver...
The liver is responsible for breaking down our hormones – all hormones start out active, then once they have been used to carry out various bodily functions they need to be deactivated – and removed from the body through sweat and urine…if not removed these hormones can remain ACTIVE….so the body stores them away from our vital organs, i.e, breasts, stomach and hips…
This is why it can be so difficult to lose weight in these areas - the body does not want to allow these ticking time bombs (active hormones) back into our system.
If we don’t get rid of these “used” hormones the body creates fat stores to house them! and since they are still active, they grow, meaning they create more fat cells...
What Causes Estrogen Dominance?
Our western diet is full of foods that mimic estrogen….
We (men included) are consuming estrogen like compounds that mimic and mess with the natural estrogen produced in our body…this in turn messes with our other sex hormones.
Signs and symptoms for men are reduced testosterone, and man boobs…
Ever watched The Hand Maidens Tale? If so, it’s not fiction…I’ll leave that there for another blog post!
The biggest cause of estrogen dominance for women is synthetic birth control…
We are all unique…just like our finger print, so the effect of excess estrogen can manifest in any of the following ways:
Early warning signs of estrogen dominance...
Signs and Symptoms of Fibroids...
Some women who have fibroids have no symptoms, or have only mild symptoms, while other women have more severe, disruptive symptoms.
The following are the most common symptoms for uterine fibroids, however, each individual may experience symptoms differently.
Why Are Some People More Prone to Fibroids?
The jury is still out – but the main theories are:
Vitamin D deficiency – The body makes vitamin D in a chemical reaction that occurs when sunlight hits the skin.
Darker-skinned people have more melanin, a compound that protects against skin damage, therefore darker-skinned people need more time in sunlight to make the same amount of vitamin D as lighter-skinned people.
This is important because vitamin D acts like a hormone in the body…and therefore impacts the rest of your hormones.
This could also be why African Americans are 3 x more likely to get fibroids.
Hereditary – is it in your genes? aka DNA?
If your family (ancestors) did not consume a western diet, then your genes will have more of struggle trying to adapt to anything foreign - aka processed or genetically modified food.
In simple terms, genetically modified food messes with our genetics.
Chemical exposure – remember the liver acts like a filter, if it gets overloaded it can’t deactivate your hormones.
The good news is that this is a simple and easy fix…
Yes, I said It’s Simple and it’s EASY...
Lastly, eat like your health depends on it...
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