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641. How To Treat Endo Belly & Severe Bloating

This isn’t a pregnancy announcement. This is endo belly. 

Endo belly refers to the severe inflammation in the lower part of the abdomen often experienced by those with endometriosis. This can flare up and be worse on some days than others. Sometimes you might wake up feeling fine, but as the day goes on, your belly can become noticeably swollen. 

Something to note: women’s abdomens naturally change size due to the uterus holding and releasing fluid throughout the month. This is NORMAL. However, with endo belly, it can feel like your lower abdomen suddenly looks like you’re pregnant, and it can be very painful. This is due to inflammation and fluid retention in that area.

Just like when you sprain your ankle and it swells up, the same kind of thing happens internally with endo belly. 

So, what can you do about it?

First, it’s important to recognize that endometriosis is driven by excess estrogen. This is where the DUTCH test comes in handy. This test measures your hormone levels and can give you a detailed understanding of what’s going on in your body. 

While getting your estrogen levels resolved takes time, there are tools you can use RIGHT NOW to help with an endo flare-up. Use a dry brush to gently brush your abdomen, which can help move fluid and reduce swelling. Brush towards your groin area where the biggest lymph nodes are located. Remember to be gentle; less is more with this technique.

Another helpful tool is red light therapy. A wearable red light wrap can help decrease inflammation and provide soothing heat to the area. 

Changing your diet is going to be more personal. What works best for you might be different from someone else, and sometimes specific triggers like dairy need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Getting enough protein and eating for your cycle is often more important than cutting out certain foods unless they’re proven triggers.


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