When doctors talk about ovarian cyst treatment or prevention, they focus primarily on standard therapies used in hospitals and clinics that are used to minimize the damage that already occurred.
For example, if you frequently suffer from ovarian cysts and painful ovarian cyst symptoms, you may be given birth control pills to stop menstrual cycles and therefore prevent functional cysts from forming. If you have a cyst that is posing a threat to your ovary that isn’t going away by itself, you may have a surgery to remove that cyst. In rare cases a hysterectomy may be recommended by your doctor to reduce the recurrence of ovary cysts.
These and other standard therapies – are all solutions that remove the symptoms of the disorder, without removing the cause of the problem.
And what is the underlying cause of ovarian cysts?
If you research the subject deeply enough, it turns out that the underlying cause of ovarian cysts is hormonal imbalance in your body. Hormones are chemical messengers released by the endocrine system into the blood stream and delivered to specific cells to regulate their function. The secretion of hormones can be affected, positively or negatively, by various factor including mental state, temperature, other hormones, and nutrient levels in the bloodstream.
Hormones influence many different functions of the body, including metabolism, mood, cell growth, immune function, reaction to stimuli (“fight or flight reaction”), sexual function, menstruation, reproduction, to mention just a few.
Hormonal imbalance is caused for the most part by lifestyle and dietary choices that create to unhealthy conditions in a woman’s body.
Eating a plant-based diet that consists mostly of fresh fruits, vegetables and greens eaten raw or only lightly cooked is the best long term diet to prevent all types of health problems, including painful PMS, infertility, and ovarian cysts. You should aim at 70-80% of calories coming from these sources. Organic produce grown locally is best.
In general we are consuming too much animal protein foods, too much processed foods, too much unhealthy fats (and not enough omega-3 fatty acids) and too much chemical-laden foods.
Eating too much sugar and excess of process carbohydrates in particular contribute to hormonal imbalance. Chemical additives can disrupt the way hormones work. Read the labels on processed foods and avoid ingredients that you don’t understand. Avoid drinking from plastic bottles or microwaving foods in plastic containers. Non-organic meat and dairy products also often contain chemicals, antibiotics and even hormones, which stay in the body long-term, stored in the fat cells.
Because there is no immediate correlation between the foods that we eat and ovarian cysts, most people assume that there is no correlation whatsoever – and that is simply not true. By immediate correlation I mean: if you eat this food today – you will get ovarian cysts, and if you eat this – your ovarian cysts will be cured. It doesn’t’ work that way. Most health problems develop gradually; our bodies are able to withstand lots of abuse before they start to break down.
However, when we look at the big picture, the foods that we put into our bodies play critical role in our health, including regulating our hormones, that influence our menstrual cycles, PMS, menopause, ovarian health, uterine health, breast health, and are a key factor in minimizing our chances of getting ovarian cysts, breast cancer, uterine cancer, etc.
Green Smoothies to the Rescue for Restoring Hormonal Balance
Most women are aware that they should be eating more fresh fruits, vegetables and greens, but it’s not always easy to do. Especially, when you are caring and cooking for the entire family – it’s hard to prepare healthy meals each and every day.
That’s why I advocate that every woman learns to prepare green smoothies for herself, her kids, her husband – or other family members. Green smoothies are the greatest invention because they make it easy to consume large quantities of critical nutrients – fresh fruits, greens and vegetables; they take only a few minutes to prepare, and taste simply delicious.
Green smoothies are very easy to prepare.
Here is an easy recipe for you to start with:
1 pint of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or other berries, fresh or frozen
2 very ripe bananas
1 handful of leafy greens: spinach, kale, dandelion, watercress, etc.
2 cups of water
Blend all these ingredients to smooth consistency in your blender, pour it in a glass and enjoy!
Once you try this recipe, experiment with various fruit and greens combinations. Great ingredients for smoothies include: pineapple, apples, pears, kiwis, oranges; kale, celery stalks, spinach, arugula (love it!), cilantro (love it, too!), collard greens, Swiss chard (personally, I don’t love it so much, but maybe you will), parsley, and other fruits and greens.
Here is a more savory recipe for a blended salad or stew:
2 ripe tomatoes
1 celery stalk
1 handful of spinach
1 handful of basil
1 teaspoon of honey or agave nectar
Notice, how this time there is no liquid, so you need to start with the ingredients that have most water. Start by blending two tomatoes in your blender on low speed, add cucumber, pear, celery, spinach, basil, and pour the sweetener last. Blend on low speed to leave a stew-like consistency, crunchy with chunks of vegetables, not smooth as in smoothie. Pour into a bowl and eat like a soup.
Make a commitment to incorporate green smoothies and blended soups/salads into your menu every single day, 2-3 times per day.
Having a blood test to evaluate your hormone levels: estrogen, progesterone and testosterone is recommended. Yes, women can suffer from too much testosterone, which can lead to ovarian cysts – this was a surprise to me too – I found out about it when reading Ageless by Susanne Somers; most people think that excess estrogen is to blame.
Some experts recommend correcting these imbalances through bio-identical hormone replacement therapy – but you will need to find a doctor that specializes in BHT, as most main stream doctors are not familiar with it.
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