Endometriosis is a condition that naturally increases inflammation within the pelvic area. When we get added bloating within the area of the pelvis and especially in the abdomen, this can make the inflammation and pain more severe.
Here are 5 ways to reduce the bloating within the pelvic area:
1. Add natural diuretics to your diet
Diuretics are foods and drinks which encourage us to go to the toilet to eliminate urine more frequently. Due to the hormone irregularities within Endometriosis patients, we naturally retain more water than usual.
This water retention creates additional bloating and lack of movement and elimination of waste and toxins. By increasing the amount of natural diuretics in our diet, we can in a sense, “flush out” the additional water along with the toxins in our body.
Natural diuretics include lemon juice, cucumber and celery. There are plenty of wonderful teas which can add to the flushing effects which also contain healing properties. Some excellent herbs include dill, parsley and fennel.
Poor digestion is a side-effect of Endometriosis. When we have constipation the lower abdominal area will naturally bloat more. Endometriosis sufferers are likely to experience IBS as a condition along with their Endometriosis.
To reduce bloating it is advised to include plenty of roughage in the diet and provide the body with easy to digest foods, such as low meat and a dairy free diet. Try avoiding eating fruit after a meal as this will reduce the gassy feeling we often feel which can contribute to bloating.
3. Movement within the body
Retention of water and holding toxins in the body are closely linked to the lymphatic system. We can stimulate the lymphatic system with exercise and dry brush massages. This encourages the body to expel toxins and excess water within the body, which can lead to bloating.
Exercise offers many benefits including movement and getting rid of toxins within the body. The biggest benefit exercise provides is the ability to lose extra fat on or in the body. When we hold extra fat, we are adding strain on the liver and the detoxification process.
Less strain on the liver means easier digestion and waste elimination, this ultimately means less bloating. Exercising first thing in the morning is when it is most beneficial on the liver.
Drinking water can seem contradictory to reducing bloating. To reduce bloating, drink water warm and sip water, rather than drinking big gulps of water. Also add a natural diuretic to the water to allow it to pass through easier. Lemon is a fantastic addition to water and offer so many other benefits.
These additions to your diet will also help with the healing for Endometriosis and your overall well-being. Bloating is a side-effect and symptom of Endometriosis but can be greatly reduced within the diet we maintain.
About the Author
My name is Carolyn Levett, the Founder of endo-resolved - I am an Integrative Health Coach having studied nutrition, naturopathy, aromatherapy as well as being a published author. I used to suffer from severe endometriosis and was able to regained my health and heal from the disease with the support of nutrition and natural therapies.
My motivation is to help other women with endometriosis to heal their bodies so they may overcome this awful disease without having to rely on toxic drugs and surgeries which can cause further damage - with healing thoughts, Carolyn.