A lot has changed in the last year in my life which I believe has helped me be in the best shape possible to confront this virus if needed. I decided to take the reins of my health and dive into the holistic approach to heal my body. As you may know, endometriosis is not curable, but I do believe that I was able to achieve the best quality of life possible with this illness. The funny thing is that the same principles that apply to living a healthier life with endometriosis apply for your general health and this makes you stronger and less susceptible to getting sick. I am going to talk about some of the changes that I made in my life to be the healthiest possible with the hope that this can help you as well.
- Stress Levels! Stress and anxiety only take a toll on your immune system. The times that I have gotten very sick have been times where there was a lot of stress and anxiety in my life that was attacking my already weak immune system. This is inevitable especially in this uncertain time and grieving time for so many of us, but I can give you a few tips on how to reduce some of that stress.
- Keep a Journal: You do not know how much you have bottled up inside you until you start writing. It is therapeutic and it can help you make all those ideas that are causing stress and anxiety more clear and easier to deal with.
- Meditate: It can be as easy as spending 5 minutes in the morning thinking of 5 things that you are deeply grateful for. Mindset is everything and it can help you see things from a better perspective. Change the narrative of “why this is happening to me?” to one of empowerment and control like “why is this happening for me?”.
- Move your body: No matter what you do, do not ever stop moving your body! I know this is especially hard for some of my girls and their endometriosis pain but even if you lay down in a yoga mat and stay in a child pose, this is helping your body. Endorphins are “feel-good” chemicals released through exercising also you produce serotonin, norepinephrine, BDNF, and dopamine, the reward chemical which in the end it only makes you feel good and happy, allowing you to kick to the side all those feelings of stress and anxiety.I heard a saying once from a coach and it stayed with me and I am sharing it because it might motivate you as well, “The one that doesn’t move dies”. (Talk about harsh, but hey for me this is a strong enough reason to move).
- Talk to a friend, family member, or someone that you trust. The key is to let those overwhelming feelings out and not let them eat you inside. If you are frustrated, angry, sick, tire, sad… those feeling are meant to be let go off and a great way to let them go is by talking about them out loud.
- Rest! Sleep 7+hrs per night. The trick here is to be consistent and not deprive and then over reward the body. Keep a regular schedule where you give the needed hours of sleep to your body every day. Now we finally have the time to rest and to focus on ourselves and our body and pampering it like we are supposed to do daily.
- Eat a healthy diet full of superfoods. I am Vegan now and I am adding lots of greens, nuts, seeds, legumes, fruits, and lots of colors into my meals. It is important to try to find organic products and to wash them with a little soap and warm water on the sink before putting them on the fridge. I understand we all have different diets but for me going vegan with this illness has made the difference. Most of our pain comes from inflammation and I decided to cut meats, dairy, and eggs because for me they contributed to that inflammation. Sugars are also a huge trigger and I try to pick fruits over any candy or sweet as it helps me boost my immune system which is extremely important during this time. Some superfoods that you can add to your diet are moringa, camu camu, spirulina, acai, and adaptogens (support our nervous and immune system). Focus on maintaining your intestine healthy with kombucha or probiotics and on boosting your system with healthy food, rest, and vitamins.
- Take holistic supplements: I am no expert by any means, but I can mention some of the natural and holistic vitamins or supplements that have helped me with endometriosis and my overall health. I wish there were a specific preventive vitamin or supplement for the coronavirus but unfortunately, we are not there yet and there is still a lot of research ahead of us.
- Vitamin C 2,000mg
- Vitamin B12
- Magnificent Mushrooms – Immunity Blend
- Turmeric supplement
- Organic daily protein
- Stay Hydrated! Drink lots of water but do not drink from plastic water bottles. Most plastics leach hormone-like chemicals that disrupt our hormones causing more damage in our bodies. BPA is a chemical that can mimic estrogen which can make our already estrogen dominance worse. Be mindful of what you put on your body daily. Choose more natural alternatives that can help you detoxify from toxins and chemicals that are in your body.
I hope these tips can help in your journey of a healthier you! I know these are scary times, but together we can come out stronger.
Take care Endo sisters!
Until next time,