Top tips for living with Endometriosis

Hi, I’m Michelle, I have suffered with endometriosis all my adult life. As a qualified PT and nutrition coach for many years, I knew the importance of both exercise and good nutrition for optimal health. Through further study I realised that there were adaptations that could be made in these areas to help endometriosis and all the symptoms that coincide. I devised a 3-tier product that helped me to get in control of the condition, no longer allowing it to control me, and now take great satisfaction in helping other women do the same.

Top tips for living with Endometriosis

  1. Track your cycle. As a woman it is important to know where you are with regards your cycle. By tracking it you will begin to see patterns with your mood, pain, cravings etc. When you live with endometriosis it is even more important to know where you are in your cycle as it can help you to work with it not against it.
  2. Take magnesium baths the week running up to your period. 3-4 times a week for 10-30 minutes. This helps to relax muscles and reduce inflammation, especially calming muscles and tension in pelvic area. 
  3. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet especially in the lead up to and during your period. Foods that inflame can be different for everyone, but main culprits are sugar, trans fats, dairy, gluten, caffeine and alcohol. 
  4. Add in good antioxidants into your diet such as leafy greens, dark chocolate, pecans, berries, turmeric, artichokes. Endometriosis reacts badly to oxidative stress and toxins, so you want to be eating foods that help to eliminate them as much as possible.
  5. Add in omega 3 to your diet as it is crucial for reducing inflammation. Choose one that is mixed with polyphenols as it reduces oxidization and helps the oil to penetrate the cell more effectively.

6. Exercise around the cycle. You cannot train at the same intensity all through the month. Your energy shifts in the run up to and sometimes during the period so choose less impactful training.

7. Add in yoga and relaxing movement that will not only calm the mind but help to loosen the pelvic area that could be tight due to stress in this area.

8. Avoid stress as much as possible, endometriosis symptoms are heightened when you introduce cortisol. Therefore, have techniques you can use when you feel stress mounting is very important. Ideas such as: meditation, walking in the fresh air, listening to a piece of upbeat music, breathing techniques. Choose something that resonates with you and that will help in any given situation.

9. Rest. Know when your body needs to rest. Don’t carry on and on if you are tired. Endometriosis as a condition is tiring so don’t fight it. You will have far more energy after your period if you learn to listen to your body and take that time out

10. Sleep. Ensure you are getting adequate sleep in the run up to and during your period. Sleep goes a long way in repairing the body and lack of it will make symptoms even worse.