It’s called a palace because it’s the place to create and nurture a future generation
In China, they call the uterus, “a woman’s inner palace” and “palace of the child”.
It’s called a palace because it’s the place to create and nurture a future generation – the next sons and daughters. It’s a sacred place that needs special care and attention.
Many of the menstrual disharmonies such as painful periods, endometriosis, dysfunctional uterine bleeding and infertility can be avoided and healed by taking better care of this inner palace – the uterus.
Here are 15 little tips to help you take better care of your uterus, so you can enjoy a harmonious and healthy menstrual cycle.
1. Avoid products that contain xenoestrogen, which can reduce the elasticity of the uterine wall, making it thinner and more fragile.
Here’s a list of 10 major sources of xenoestrogens:
– Commercially-raised meat and dairy products such as beef, pork, chicken, milk, butter, cheese and ice cream. These products are contaminated with bovine growth hormones and expose us to a significant amount of xenoestrogens.
– Anything that contains insecticide or pesticide residues can also have estrogenic effects. This includes everything we eat from grains, fruits, nuts and legumes, to veggies. Try to eat local organic foods whenever possible.
– Tap water. Unfortunately, much of our water source is contaminated with petroleum derivatives – the primary source of xenoestrogens. Try to drink filtered water whenever possible.
– Shampoos, lotions, soaps, toothpastes, cosmetics and other personal care products that contain paraben or phenoxyethanol, chemical compounds widely used by cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries as preservatives.
Xenoestrogens entering the skin go directly to tissue without passing through the liver for detoxification. So, they’re 100% absorbed by the body and can be 10 times more potent than those consumed orally.
– Soft plastics used as packaging materials are often treated with chemical compounds called phthalates, a xenoestrogen, to increase its flexibility. This includes plastic wrapped foods, heated in the microwave, contain some of the highest xenoestrogen levels. So, do not heat food or water with plastic in the microwave. Avoid drinking coffee or other hot liquids in Styrofoam cups. Try to store your food in glass containers whenever possible.
– Artificial food additives, including artificial sweeteners and MSG. According to a study published in the journal, Chemical Research in Toxicology, 31 substances added to food for the purpose of preservation, colouring, texture and flavour have potential estrogenic effects. Propyl gallate and 4-hexylresorcinol are two additives to be especially watchful for.
Also avoid canned foods, which are usually lined with a plastic coating that contains bisphenol-A (BPA), a xenoestrogen. Try to cut back on processed and packaged foods.
– Foods that contain soy protein and soy protein isolate. These foods are packed with condensed, unnaturally high amounts of plant oestrogen, which can also lead to oestrogen dominance. Eat organic soybeans, edamame, tofu or tempeh instead.
– Tumble dryer sheets are loaded with xenoestrogens to make your clothes feel soft and fresh. These residual xenoestrogens can permeate your skin and go directly into your cells. Use a natural liquid fabric softener or ½ cup of baking soda in the rinse cycle instead
– Disposable menstrual products. In conventional tampons in the US, the Food and Drug Administration, has detected dioxins, a class of chemical contaminants that may increase the risk of cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, heart disease and diabetes.
Avoid tampons and sanitary napkins that contain chlorine, fragrance, wax, surfactants, rayon, etc. Use those made of organic cotton or other natural materials instead.
– Birth control pills and conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) contain synthetic hormones that can interrupt our natural hormone balance. There are natural, effective birth control alternatives without the side effects of the pills.
2. Having numerous sexual partners increases the chances of pelvic inflammation.
3. Eat plenty of cold-water fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids such as mackerel and salmon, which helps reduce the secretion of prostaglandin – a hormone-like substance that can make the uterus contract too hard, causing pain and increasing the chances of a mispositioning of the uterus.
4. Exercise your pelvic muscles. Experts say that swimming is the best exercise to strengthen the uterus, and that swimming two hours per week can reduce back pain, relieve period pain and make childbirth easier. If you don’t have a swimming pool nearby, try pelvic exercise weights. They’re just as effective.
5. Avoid using birth control pills for extended periods of time. Research has shown that using birth control pills continuously for over eight years can interrupt the body’s natural hormone balance and increases the chances of developing fibroids. Check out 10 birth control options without the pills.
6. Have a clean sexual partner. Research in England found that the chances of a woman developing a pelvic inflammatory disease are reduced by 70% when her sexual partner cleans his private part before sexual intimacy. Experts say that many bacteria that can lead to pelvic infection are carried in the folds of the male penis.
7. Don’t hold your urine. Holding urine can make waste materials accumulate in the bladder possibly causing bladder infection, which can also lead to vaginal and pelvic infection, due to their proximity. Additionally, a habitually enlarged bladder can cause undue pressure on the uterus, causing it to move out of position.
8. Quit smoking. Research in England discovered that cancer-causing substances in cigarettes tend to concentrate in the body fluids around the cervix. Long-term smoking can have a dangerously harmful effect on the uterus.
9. Maintain a healthy body weight. Lacking adequate body fats to hold the uterus in place can result in a prolapsed or dropped uterus, which increases the chances of pelvic infections and period pain.
10. Don’t sit for too long. Sitting at your desk for too long without adequate exercise inhibits the healthy blood and energy circulation in the pelvic area. This can cause the thickening of the uterine wall and increase the chances of endometriosis. So, get up and move around every hour or so.
11. Massage your abdomen with rose essential oil. This is a uterine care routine that’s popular in China and Korea. Put two drops of rose essential oil into your palm. Warm it up by rubbing your palms together. Then push your palms from your rib cage area toward your uterus. Massage it for a few times until the area gets a little warm. This is an excellent massage to prevent and relieve period pain.
12. Keep your uterus warm. Cold accumulated in the uterus is a common cause of painful periods and fertility issues. So, avoid consuming raw and cold foods and drinks during your periods. And wear enough clothes to keep your body and your uterus warm.
13. Have a nutritious breakfast with whole grains. Research shows that 30% of women who have pelvic diseases have a lower than average intake of folic acid and beta-carotene. Whole grains are rich in these vital nutrients and the best time for absorption is in the morning when you have breakfast.
14. Pay attention to your vaginal discharge. Excessive, watery, cottage cheese-like, yellow, smelly or other abnormal vaginal discharges are early indications of a possible dysfunction of the uterus.
15. Improve the immunity of your uterus. Lemon is rich in vitamin C and can help improve the immunity of the uterus from external bacteria. So, start drinking a cup of warm lemon water in the morning.
Remember, our uterus is a palace to house our innate ability to create new life and it needs to be looked after.