Monday, January 12, 2009

Endometriosis and Probiotics

As we mentioned in previous articles, endometriosis growing somewhere else other than the endometrium also reacts to hormonal signals of the monthly menstrual cycle by building up tissue, breaking it, and eliminating it through the menstrual period. As we know, nutritional supplements play a very important role in some culture in treating all kind of diseases. In this article, we will discuss how probiotics help to treat endometriosis.

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I. Definition
The term probiotics was first introduced in 1953 by Kollath. Probiotics are live microorganisms containing potentially beneficial bacteria and yeast. They help because they are able to convert sugars and carbohydrate into lactic acid which aids our body in fighting all kinds of diseases.

II. How probiotics effect women with endometriosis
A) The benefits
1. Immune system
Probiotics help to bind unhealthy microorganisms and keeps virus invaders in check. Depletion of probiotics causes the over-production harmful bacteria leading to the weakening of the immune system resulting in the forming of free radicals and endometrial implants and adhesion.

2. Digestive system
Probiotics increase the absorption of vitamins and minerals in the digestive system which are essential for women with endometriosis, as we know these women are found to be deficient on all kinds of nutritional supplements.

3. Excessive estrogen production
Low levels of probiotics cause the over-production of harmful bacteria and their waste accumulating in an alarm rate in our body leading to the over-production of levels of estrogen for women with endometriosis. The excessive levels of estrogen not only increase the risk of cell abnormalities, but also contribute to immune system disorder.

4. Nervous system
Accumulation of high levels of toxins caused by the over-production of harmful bacteria increase tension of the nervous system as a result of interference with the liver in protein and fat metabolism leading to chronic stress, anxiety, and depression.

B. The risks
1. Abdominal cramps
Over-abundance of probiotics increases the risk of uterine cramps caused by the over-production of certain prostaglandins hormones. Therefore intake of dairy products must be taken with care for women with endometriosis and for women who have a history of abdominal cramps during menstrual cycle.

2. Dairy products decrease magnesium absorption
High levels of probiotics may block the absorption of magnesium in our body which is an essential trace mineral for women with endometriosis leading to all kinds of symptoms.

3. Dairy production increases intake of saturated fat
Dairy products have a good source of probiotics, but it may cause high levels of bad cholesterol accumulating in our bloodstream which decrease the function of protein and fat metabolism leading to all kind of diseases such as symptoms of menstrual cramps, and circulatory problems.

To avoid these, you can can choose other foods that contain good source of live microorganisms such as leaf green vegetables, broccoli, watercress, and nuts.

Since endometriosis is treatable and manageable by natural remedies and a self help course, if you have endometroisis, please look at the bright side.

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