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    WESTERN HEALTH COLLECTIVE

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    Three tips for March – International Endometriosis Awareness Month.

    GREEN GUTS FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS

    As an estrogenic dominant state, a treatment aim in managing endometriosis is to reduce cellular binding of estrogen. This is facilitated by occupying cellular receptor sites with a milder biological form of estrogen known as phytoestrogens.

    Phytoestrogens are derived from certain plants particularly Cruciferous vegetables. They consist of a similar structure to estrogen but exert a weaker estrogenic effect on the body. Increasing cruciferous dietary intake contributes to the overall symptom’s reduction of endometriosis.

    Sources of phytoestrogen include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, Turnip, and kale.

    Anthony Napoli


    Here are our tips for March which is International Endometriosis Awareness Month.

    ENDOMETRIOSIS POINT

    SP8 (Earth Pivot) is a key point used by acupuncturists for period pain, heavy and irregular menstruation, all things that happen when you suffer from endometriosis.

    It’s located two thirds of the way down the inner calf and it might feel quite tender at certain times of the month.

    Apply pressure to this point just before and during your period to give some relief to those endometriosis symptoms.

    Clare Faux


    YOGA FOR PAINFUL PERIODS

    There are many poses that support women’s health and decrease pain in conditions such as dysmenorrhea (painful periods) and endometriosis.

    There are poses to sooth and settle the pain in the uterus/ cervix during the painful days; and other poses to strengthen and release tension in the reproductive organs in between such as the pose pictured.

    This together with holistic physiotherapy using the visceral techniques can help where other therapies are unable.

    Vanessa Shribman


    COELIACS DISEASE

    13TH – 20TH of March is National Coeliac Awareness Week.

    Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease where the gut lining reacts to gluten, this causes damage to the gut wall, resulting in a digestive system which is unable to properly absorb nutrients from food. 

    It affects 1 in 70 Australians, but 80% of people are not diagnosed!

    It can present in a range of ways. Most people will have gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea or constipation, but it can also present with tiredness, iron deficiency, poor weight gain in children or even a rash. 

    See your doctor if you feel you have trouble digesting gluten but also if you are concerned about any of the symptoms above.

    Dr Balvinder Khaira

    health@thewestsider.com.au

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