Endometriosis

Gluten and Endometriosis

  Gluten and Endometriosis Is there a link between gluten and endometriosis?  Should women avoid gluten to lower their risk of endometriosis or to help to resolve the symptoms of endometriosis? Let’s look at the research… First, it’s important to consider that endometriosis has many characteristics of an autoimmune disease (Eisenberg, et al., 2012).  It is clear that endometriosis is an inflammatory disease process.  In endometriosis, the presence of endometrial…

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Sleep, Melatonin, and Endometriosis

  When cortisol goes up, melatonin goes down. Cortisol, a key stress buffing hormone, inhibits melatonin. Melatonin is an important hormone both for helping people to fall asleep and stay asleep. And, specifically for endometriosis, melatonin acts as an anti-inflammatory pain reliever at the level of the brain. With increased stress, most of the time, cortisol levels increase generally, throughout the day. But, this is especially problematic when cortisol levels…

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CBD Oil, Cannabis, Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain

  Seventy-six percent of women with endometriosis use self-care strategies to manage their pain and other symptoms. (Armour, et al., 2019). In a recent study out of Australia, women with endometriosis related chronic pelvic pain reported that four self-care activities had the most positive effects on their pain: "Cannabis, heat, hemp/CBD oil, and dietary changes were the most highly rated in terms of self-reported effectiveness in pain reduction (with mean…

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How to Relieve “Endo Belly”

  One of the most frustrating challenges that our clients with endometriosis face is how to relieve the chronic bloating known as “Endo Belly.” Over the years, my practice has seen thousands of women struggling with this, and we have developed an integrative protocol for relieving the bloat for good. What is “Endo Belly”? Before we get into the steps to relieving Endo Belly, let’s talk about what it really…

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Histamine-Intolerance

Histamine Intolerance, Autoimmunity, and Endometriosis

Histamine is a versatile biologic amine. It is involved in fine-tuning the balance between immunity (the ability to fight infection or clear abnormal cells) and tolerance (the ability of the immune system to tolerate “outsider molecules” like foods, dust, environmental chemicals, etc.) Histamines affect dendritic cells (cells that boost the immune responses by showing antigens on their surfaces to other cells of the immune system), immunoregulatory cells, T-cell polarization (deciding…

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Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Holidays! The holiday season is finally among us, and it’s the perfect time to celebrate by sharing the women’s health love with your friends and family (plus, get a little something for you!) Here at IWHI we’re picky about the products we recommend. We are personally connected with each of the small businesses we support, and use the products ourselves. This year our holiday focus is on women’s immune…

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Celery Juice – Does It Live Up to The Hype?

Celery juice, the hottest new instagram trend for solving all of your health problems, is probably ridiculous, right? That's what I thought, until I looked at the published literature on the specific health benefits of celery. Let's consider why some people are actually experiencing symptom reduction when starting their day with celery juice... Benefits of Celery Juice and Eating Celery 1. Celery juice has significant antioxidant effect: Celery root water…

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Solutions for Vulvovaginal Atrophy

Vulvovaginal Atrophy is Common Vaginal dryness and vulvovaginal atrophy is a common problem for women. In the United States alone, 32 million women suffer from vulvovaginal atrophy in perimenopause and post-menopause. The symptoms associated with vulvovaginal atrophy include dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse), vaginal dryness, itching, irritation, buring, and painful urination. In perimenopause and menopause, vulvovaginal atrophy and dryness are primarily related to the decline in estrogen. With estrogen deficiency,…

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What Causes Acne? Get Glowing and Clean Skin From The Root

  Conventional creams and pills don’t address what causes acne. Acne is a common problem for teens. Eighty-five percent of 12-24 year olds experience acne. And, it’s a growing problem for 15% of adult women. For most women with acne, whether it’s in their teens or beyond, the conventional recommendations for treatment are either hormonal birth control pills, topical benzoyl peroxide and/ or topical antibiotics. Topical Tretinoin (Retin-A), Isotretinoin (Accutane)…

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pumpkin smoothie

Our Favorite Pumpkin Smoothie

Embracing Pumpkin Spice Season I have perfected the most delicious and warming winter smoothie!  It is so good. I have been eating this almost every afternoon for a delicious after school snack. This smoothie is perfect for giving your child (and yourself!) a warming, hormone balancing boost after school. The pumpkin is a slow burning, high energy carbohydrate, the coconut milk supplies healthy fats that maturing hormones need, the hemp…

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