23 Jul 2010
What are ovarian cysts?
A cyst is a little balloon filled with air or fluid on one of the ovaries, which then exerts pressure on the right or left side of the lower abdomen. These cysts can be painful. Besides the pain in the lower abdomen, some other symptoms are:
- erratic periods
- painful periods
- uterine bleeding as a result of elevated estrogen levels
- painful intercourse
- heel pain
- excessive hair growth
When the ovarian cyst bursts the pain is relieved, though in some cases the cyst may reappear.
The incidence of ovarian cysts is on the rise, particularly among women between 14 and 55.
Let’s look at some of the main factors that contribute to the development of cysts, and then the main things we can do to prevent them.
Causes of ovarian cysts:
- Increased use of birth control pills
- Increased consumption of hormone-infused foods such as most
commercial meat and milk, to which growth hormone has been added
- Stressful, frantic lifestyle
- Imbalanced, not natural diet
- A toxic, overburdened liver
How can we diminish the likelihood of ovarian cysts?
- Consume healthy, that is, organic meats and milks
- Eat lots of fresh vegetables and drink abundant water
- Use a natural progesterone hormone cream
- Increase your liver metabolism and detoxify (your allies here are the natural tinctures of olive leaf, dandelion, milk thistle seed, and artichoke)
- Check your thyroid
- Stop smoking
- Lose weight
When all is said and done though, it really comes down to a healthy lifestyle. This means to be true to yourself, not wishing yourself to be different. The hard part, oddly enough, may not be acts of “heroism”. Rather, it can be dropping parts of ourselves which are not worth holding on to, but we cling to from sheer habit. Your health is in your hands. So take excellent care of yourself – you are WORTH it!
Pieternel van Giersbergen.