My Question to the Women's Health Industry | The Endometriosis Dietitian
Published on July 7, 2022
I always have to preface these sensitive topics by saying I have been on birth control and it worked wonders for me, so if it works for you and improves your quality of life, you better believe I'm in your corner babe!
But...here's the God honest truth - endometriosis is NOT a hormonal condition, it's a condition of IMMUNE SYSTEM DYSFUNCTION. Here's how:
👉🏻 Decreased T cell reactivity. T cells are involved in regulating the immune response. In endo they suppress the immune response to endometrial-like tissue and allow for the establishment of lesions.
👉🏻 Decrease in function of NK cells (allows for endo to spread).
👉🏻 B lymphocytes make antibodies, which bind to pathogens and mark them for destruction. In endo, this process causes these cells of the immune system to create antibodies in response to parts of itself.
👉🏻 Macrophages are cells of the immune system meant to 'eat up' endometrial like tissue, but this system is suppressed, allowing endo to proliferate.
💥 Side note: having an abundance of estrogen isn't even a problem. It only becomes problematic when we can't clear it through the liver properly and remove it from our stools and urine.
So here are some suggestions on how to support your immune system for endo symptom management:
☀️ Get in enough active vitamin D3.
💞 If you have any GUT symptoms - address those FIRST! This is a must because ~70% of your immune system is located here. If your gut is struggling - your immune system is too!
🏃🏼♀️ Get active in whatever way is comfortable.
✨ Get in enough selenium and zinc.
💪🏼 Have at least 20g of protein with meals and 8-10g with snacks every day.
💤 Get good quality sleep
👩🏼⚕️ Ask your provider about glutamine supplementation
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