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The uterus is truly an underappreciated organ; apart from growing a human being, the uterus is the only organ in the body that can produce a new organ from scratch the placenta. The muscles of this uterus are the strongest in the body, yet, due to our faulty lifestyle choices, bad nutrition and sedentary habits, we end up doing a lot of damage to it. It's no surprise that incidences of hysterectomies and c-sections have gone up considerably.
A strong uterus is, therefore, important for your overall health, fertility and longevity. Ayurvedic expert Shivangi Chatterji from Allayurveda.com, world s first Ayurvedic and natural wellness platform shares some simple yet important tips for a healthy, happy and strong uterus.
Don t hold back on natural urges to vacate the bladder and bowels
Shivangi says, Holding in waste materials can result in an infection in the vaginal and pelvic region due to the accumulation of toxins. If these toxins stay in your system for too long, they may also get reabsorbed by the body to cause disease. A regularly enlarged bladder or bowel stream can also cause undue pressure to build up on the uterus, and it may shift out of position.
Avoid sitting for long periods of time
Doing desk jobs for a living? Your uterus could suffer says Shivangi. Most of us are stuck behind a desk for several hours every day. Sitting for too long can obstruct the circulation of healthy blood and energy in the pelvic region. This, in turn, causes the uterine wall to become thicker and increase the chances of endometriosis (formation of adhesions and scar tissue). It is every important that you get up and move around every hour or so.
Get your nutrition right with whole grains
The best way to ensure a healthy uterus is to ensure a nutritious diet. Folic acid and beta-carotene are the two most essential nutrients that women need to maintain a healthy uterus. The best time for absorption of these nutrients is in the morning, so it is important to have these for breakfast. Women should consume a wholesome and warming breakfast of whole grains like quinoa, millets and wheat to get their nutrition, says the expert.
Take this pomegranate-hibiscus uterine tonic regularly
Shivangi prescribes this healthy, easy-to-prepare tonic for uterine health: Take 20-50 buds of Hibiscus flowers and dry them under the sun. Grind and store the blossoms in an airtight container. Take one teaspoon of the dried powder with a cup of pomegranate juice. This is an excellent uterine tonic and also a great natural remedy for anaemia.
Nourish your tissues with healthy fats
That s right! You don t have to avoid fats to be healthy. In fact, you need to up your fat intake.
Tissues need to stay hydrated to be healthy. This is why it is essential to drink plenty of water to hydrate and replenish the tissues. Accompany water with healthy fats such as ghee, flaxseed oil and coconut oil to help bring moisture to your tissues, says Shivangi.
Apply castor oil packs to stimulate your uterus.
A stomach massage with castor oil can take care of your menstrual woes according to Shivangi. If you ve been experiencing scanty menstruation, apply castor oil packs to provide natural warmth to the uterus. Castor oil is heavy, sharp, penetrating and heating which can ground your energies and clear blockages. Take care not to practice this while you are on your period.
Sync your sleep patterns to regularise your menstrual cycles
Skimping on sleep? There couldn t be a worse way to damage your hormonal health! Try to get to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. Your sleep and wake hormones have a significant impact on your reproductive hormones, so it is important that they are well-balanced to keep your uterus functioning without a hitch, says Shivangi.
Do the downward dog to get your uterus humming (with health)
Time to get your yoga mats out! Regular practice of yoga, especially inverted poses and headstands like downward dog, salamba sirsasana, viparita dandasana, supta virasana, etc. can boost blood flow to the pelvic region and balance the position of the uterus, adds the expert.
Say no to processed and packaged foods.
Nothing can substitute the taste and nutrition of a healthy, home-cooked meal. So throw all your packaged and processed food away! They contain a large number of artificial sweeteners, flavouring agents and preservatives that create a dangerous chemical cocktail in your body. Even so-called natural-sounding foods that contain soy protein could cause hormonal imbalance because they are packed with condensed, unnaturally high amounts of plant oestrogen. Eat wholesome, organic produce and meats as far as possible, concludes Shivangi.
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