How to pep your body up to avoid cervical dysplasia
Posted Nov 06 2012 3:36pm
Last week, I threw around some ideas about pap smears, the alternatives, and how we can look at ways to treat cervical dysplasia. Missed it? Find it here . I'm back with the second part of this post, to share in more details specific supplements and treatments that can provide a far better long-term solution in comparison to some of the more aggressive treatments practiced.
How do I know? Because I've been in this situation. I've had a couple of dodgy test results come up myself – and whilst they were just at the inflammation stage on the scale, they still weren't normal. That said, my life at times goes from crazy to busy and then back to crazy with a little bit of stress thrown in the mix. And at these same times, I've known that my test results probably wouldn't be flashing green lights. But hey! Remember that ovulation tutorial I shared a little while back? It tells women so much about their reproductive health because as she gets used to watching her fertile patterns – any change in this is obvious AND always a sign that things aren't right. Who needs pap smears when we have our own odometer. We just need to learn to tap into it. Of course pap smears are a great tool to check especially for those women who are disconnected from their lady parts.
So first things first. If you have ever had an abnormal result, it's important to be regularly having pap tests to keep track of what is going on.
Secondly – know that if you've been treated for cervical dysplasia, you still must implement measures to ensure it doesn't come back. It's one thing to remove abnormal cells, but the virus isn't taken care of. That's still in you unless you get your body fighting fit to rid of it.
Here's how to practice prevention:
There are several supplements you need to add to your routine. Folic acid (which the pill strips your body of) is most often lacking in women with cervical dysplasia. Therefore those on the pill really need to be wary. Studies have show a considerable improvement in women with cervical dysplasia who were taking 10mg per day of folic acid. Pop it on your shopping list today. And never skimp on quality where it counts. This is one of those areas. Dose: up to 800mcg for all. For those trying to reverse a bad pap result, double this dose (1600mcg).
Vitamin A has also been shown to improve the results in those presenting with abnormal pap tests. 16,000IU is suggested for all. Add an extra 8000 IU for those in treatment mode.
A quality multivitamin is also key – to sort out all the stuff in between and reinforce your body with the requirements it needs.
There is a good list of antiviral herbs available both from Chinese herbal medicine and western herbal medicine. Remember, ridding yourself of the virus is key to stop the abnormal cell growth returning.
You can use herbs like Dandelion, Ecinacea, Elderberry, Garlic, Olive Leaf Extract to for their anti-viral properties.
Use foods that pack a punch on antioxidants to help the body rid of damage and promote healthy cells. Astragalus is a commonly known immune builder, as is milk thistle and the good old mushroom!
And then to cleanse, never go past barley grass or lemongrass, wheatgrass or spirulina. All necessary for the body to detoxify.
Using a cleanse like I've been running on the blog is a great kick start into the healing process. Your diet is key to moving forward on this, especially if you are in the healing process rather than the preventing stage.
What you eat will influence your immune system so keep it real and keep it clean! Loads of fresh vegetables and fruit everyday, preferably organic where possible.
It isn't recommended that you eat as a vegetarian whilst treating cervical dysplasia. Your body needs amino acids to build antibodies – and I've spoken many times about adding up protein and fats for better hormone and reproductive function. Vegetarians can find it difficult to see results. Work out what is right for your body. It doesn't mean hoeing down entire cows at a time, but learning how to add this to your diet is key.
Sugar is also out the door.
Remember – pap tests will need to be done regularly if you choose to treat such conditions. It is always best done under the care of a health professional. It is very treatable, and when we see abnormal cell growth, it is a sign that our body isn't doing so great in keeping on top of things. Virus' such as these may affect your fertility. Aggressive laser or surgical treatments can affect your fertility, as well as your ability to birth vaginally. There are always options, it is simply a matter of working out what works best for you.
For more thorough overviews, hunt down a copy of Jane Semples' book HPV and Cervical Dysplasia. Lots of great info which is spot on in treating and preventing cervical dysplasia.