No matter where you are on your journey to healing endometriosis or any chronic condition, it’s time to focus on supporting the flow of your digestive tract. This, my friends, is the path to feeling better.
Nearly 80% of your immune system is located in the lining of your gut and most of your serotonin production (the “happy” hormone) happens in your gut. Therefore, the health of our digestion plays a key role in how we feel and how we heal.
Over time your important gut lining can get damaged by pills, toxins, food sensitivities, etc. When things are out of whack in this central part then problems arise, cascading to our bodies and minds.
I would venture to guess that at some point you’ve struggled with your digestion: constipation, bloating, gassiness or the all famous “endo-belly”. I struggled with these things for years.
Then I learned that when you focus on improving your digestion, that these annoyances deflate 🙂
Suggested Digestive Supplements
When I first switched to a more natural approach to managing endometriosis my first instinct was to throw in a bunch of supplements. This quickly got overwhelming, and expensive 🙂
Down the line I learned that if you aren’t actually absorbing any of those vitamins (due to issues in your digestive tract) then they’re doing no good. They’re just wearing down your liver.
If our bodies are going to stand a chance of healing then we need to be able to absorb the nutrients from the food we eat and supplements we take.
You need to be able to digest the food that you eat so that it does not stay stuck in your colon, causing bacterial overgrowth and a breeding ground for health issues.
So, my strategy changed.
Instead of taking all the extras, now I primarily take supplements that improve the flow of my digestion. This way I am better equipped to absorb the vitamins and minerals from the foods that I eat.
Since implementing the digestive supplement suggestions below I’ve felt much better, so I thought I’d share 🙂
Vitalzym is a blend of digestive enzymes that help you break down the different components of your food. This stuff is amazing! It’s great for internal inflammation and is super helpful if you’ve eaten something that you shouldn’t have 🙂
When I first started taking it I took the full dosage of nine pills a day and have since dropped down to three to six a day.
When I first started taking it I did notice a detox reaction. If you experience this too, then know that it’s normal and you can always back off on your dosage.
Vitalyzm is only available online. I order it off of Amazon. It’s kind of pricey, but totally worth it.
It’s important to have a healthy balance of good microbes in your gut. When the bad guys take over then sickness is more likely to occur. Adding in a good probiotic helps re-populate the good guys.
Look for a probiotic choice in the refrigerated section of your health food or grocery store. Look for one with a variety of strains in the billions.
#3.) HCL (with Pepsin)
I recently started supplementing with Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) with Pepsin if I am eating a meal that includes a heavier animal protein and this has helped a lot.
Supplementing with HCL adds to your natural stomach acid so that your body more easily can break down meat.
When the meat is properly broken down then it doesn’t get stuck in your colon and you don’t feel bloated, gassy and bogged down.
#4) Vitamin L
I first learned about this last “supplement” from IIN. The “L” stands for “Love” 🙂
Have you ever noticed how much better meals taste when you or a loved one makes it for you? It makes a difference when we prepare our own food, even if it is something simple.
Cooking at home also allows for control over what’s in our food. We can keep things simple and endo-friendly.
I find the process of cooking to be a kind of active meditation. Chopping vegetables is a great stress reliever 🙂
Vitamin L is supplemented further by giving full attention and awareness to the food that we cook. Sit down, slow down and chew, chew, chew. This helps us to digest it all down.
On the Positive Side?
When we focus on improving our digestive flow then positive things start to happen both physically and mentally.
When we start to absorb the vitamins and minerals from the food that we eat then we are in a much better place for healing.
There is nothing more miserable then being full of crap, LOL. I find that things just flow better in general when my digestion is flowing.
Additional benefits to improving digestion include an increase in energy and clearer skin 🙂
Have you tried any of the digestive supplements suggested? Have any more to suggest? I’d love to hear from you….
Thanks for this. I was just looking for a proteolytic enzyme to take and you reminded me about Vitalzym. I was looking at a product by Doctor’s Best but I think Vitalzym looks better.
Instead of probiotic capsules I made sauerkraut and took that. I think it helps.
I haven’t tried HCl yet. How much do you take?
I’ve certainly tried Vitamin L and it does work!
I think your approach is spot on. Correct and support the digestive system and everything else will follow. It might be more expensive first but in the long run it makes financial sense. It’s an investment in longterm health.
Hi CB – Vitalzym is great. Good call on the sauerkraut. This is definitely a lower cost option from taking a probiotic. I have issues with cabbage, though because of the sulfur content.
I take the NOW Foods brand of HCL with pepsin. A tablet is 648 mg with 150 mg of Pepsin. I only take it when I eat meat. I tried it with beans and had the worst stomach ache afterwards 🙂 If you feel any burning after taking it then you know the dose is too much.