In China, they call the uterus, “inner palace of a woman” and “palace of the child.” It is called a palace because it is the place to create and nurture a future generation – the next sons and daughters. It is a sacred place that needs special attention and care. Many of the menstrual disharmonies, such as painful periods, endometriosis, dysfunctional uterine bleeding and infertility can be avoided and healed by better caring for this inner palace, the uterus.
How to care for the uterus for better menstrual cycles
Here are 15 small tips that will help you take better care of your uterus so you can enjoy your harmonious and healthy menstrual cycles.
Avoid products containing xenoestrogen as they can reduce the elasticity of the uterine wall, making it thinner and more fragile.
Here is a list of the top 10 sources of xenoestrogens:
1. Meat and dairy products marketed as beef, pork, chicken, milk, butter, cheese and ice cream. These products are contaminated with bovine growth hormones and expose us to a significant amount of xenoestrogens.
2. Anything that contains residues of insecticides or pesticides, can also have estrogenic effects. This includes everything we eat from grains, fruits, nuts, legumes and vegetables. Try to eat local organic food whenever possible.
3. Tap water. Unfortunately, much of our water source is contaminated with petroleum derivatives – the primary source of xenoestrogens. Try to drink filtered water whenever possible.
4. Shampoos, lotions, soaps, toothpastes, cosmetics and other personal care products containing paraben or phenoxyethanol, chemical compounds widely used by the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries as preservatives.
Xenoestrogens that enter the skin go directly to the tissue without passing through the liver, for detoxification. So they are 100% absorbed by the body and can be 10 times more potent than those consumed orally.
5. Soft plastics used as packaging materials are often treated with chemical compounds called phthalates, a xenoestrogen to increase its flexibility. This includes plastic wrapped foods and microwaved foods, containing some of the highest levels of xenoestrogen. Therefore, do not heat food or water with plastic in the microwave. Avoid drinking coffee or other hot liquids in polystyrene foam cups. Try to store your food in glass containers whenever possible.
6. Artificial food additives, including artificial sweeteners and MSG. According to a study published in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, 31 substances added to foods for the purpose of preserving, dyeing, and giving them texture and flavor, have potential estrogenic effects. Propyl gallate and 4-hexylresorcinol are two additives that should be specially monitored.
Also avoid canned foods, which are usually coated with a plastic coating containing bisphenol-A (BPA), a xenoestrogen. Try to cut processed and packaged foods.
7. Foods that contain soy protein and soy protein isolate. These foods are full of condensed, abnormally high amounts of plant estrogen, which can also lead to estrogen dominance. Eat organic soy, edamame, tofu or tempeh instead.
8. Soothing tollitas for use in dryers, carry xenoestrogens that make your clothes feel soft and fresh. These residual xenoestrogens can permeate your skin and go directly to your cells. Use a natural liquid softener or ½ cup of sodium bicarbonate in the rinse cycle
9. Disposable menstrual products. Dioxins, a class of chemical contaminants that may increase cancer risk, reproductive and developmental problems, heart disease and diabetes, have already been detected in conventional tampons. Avoid tampons and hygienic pads containing chlorine, fragrance, wax, surfactants, rayon, etc. Use organic cotton or other natural materials.
10. Birth control pills and conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) contain synthetic hormones that can disrupt our natural hormonal balance. There are natural and effective birth control alternatives without the side effects of pills.
Having numerous sexual partners increases the chances of pelvic inflammation.
Consume Omega 3
Eat lots of cold water fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Such as mackerel and salmon, which helps reduce the secretion of prostaglandin, a hormone-like substance that can cause the uterus to contract too much, causing pain and increasing the chances of malpositioning the uterus.
Exercise your pelvic muscles
Exercising the pelvic muscles through sports like swimming, experts say is the best exercises for this purpose. With just two hours each week, you can achieve effects like relief from menstrual cramps, back pain and even, can help you have an easier birth. Also, you can try weight lifting by incorporating pelvic exercises.
Have a clean sexual partner
Research in England found that a woman’s chances of developing an inflammatory pelvic disease are reduced by 70% when her partner in privacy cleans her private part before intimacy. Experts say that many bacteria that can lead to pelvic infection, are carried in the folds of the male member.
Do not hold ur urine
Retention of urine can cause residual materials to accumulate in the bladder, possibly causing infection of the bladder, which can also lead to vaginal and pelvic infection due to its proximity. In addition, a usually enlarged bladder may cause undue pressure on the uterus, causing it to move out of position.
Give up smoking
Research in England also found that, the cancer-causing substances in cigarettes, tend to focus on body fluids around the cervix. Smoking, in the long run, can have a dangerously harmful effect on the uterus.
Avoid birth control pills
Avoid using birth control pills for long periods of time. Research has shown that the use of birth control pills continuously for more than eight years can disrupt the body’s natural hormonal balance and increase the chances of developing fibroids.
Maintain a healthy body weight
Lack of adequate body fat to hold the uterus in place can result in a prolapsed or fallen uterus, which increases the chances of pelvic infections and pain in the period.
You do not feel much time
Sitting at the desk for too long without proper exercise inhibits the healthy circulation of blood and energy in the pelvic area. This can cause thickening of the uterine wall and increase the chances of endometriosis. So get up and move every hour.
Massage your abdomen with essential oil
This method to help the health of the uterus, is famous in Korea and China. Put several drops of essential oil of roses in the hands and rub it in the palms to warm it. Then apply it from the chest area to the belly. Massage until the area gets warm. This massage helps to relieve and prevent menstrual cramps.
Keep the uterus warm
The cold accumulated in the uterus is a common cause of painful periods and fertility problems. So, avoid consuming raw and cold food and drinks during your periods. And cover yourself enough to keep your body and your uterus warm.
Nutritious breakfast is important if you want to keep your uterus in good condition, and including whole grains is a good idea. Studies have shown that 30% of women with pelvic diseases have less beta-carotene and folic acid. Why is it recommended to include whole grains? Because they are a rich source of these vital nutrients and at breakfast, it is the best time to absorb all of your nutrients more effectively.
Pay attention to your vaginal discharge
Excessive, watery, consistency to cottage cheese, yellow, smelly or other abnormal vaginal discharges are early indications of possible uterine dysfunction.
Improves uterine immunity
Lemon is rich in vitamin C and may help improve the uterus immunity of external bacteria. So start drinking a cup of hot water with the juice of a lemon in the morning.