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From the best surgery to natural therapies, This EndoLife Podcast empowers you to live and thrive with endometriosis and its co-conditions through a holistic, functional medicine approach.
I’m covering all the topics that often aren’t discussed in the doctor’s office, whether that’s how to eat well for endometriosis, how to treat the endo belly or just what exactly is SIBO? Come join myself (and my guests!) as we dive into anti-inflammatory nutrition, gut health, hormones, pain science, mental health, sex, energy and living life well with endo.

This EndoLife Jessica Duffin

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 61 Ratings

From the best surgery to natural therapies, This EndoLife Podcast empowers you to live and thrive with endometriosis and its co-conditions through a holistic, functional medicine approach.
I’m covering all the topics that often aren’t discussed in the doctor’s office, whether that’s how to eat well for endometriosis, how to treat the endo belly or just what exactly is SIBO? Come join myself (and my guests!) as we dive into anti-inflammatory nutrition, gut health, hormones, pain science, mental health, sex, energy and living life well with endo.

    Using Somatic Therapy to Recover From Chronic Pelvic Pain with Dr Tara Morrison

    Using Somatic Therapy to Recover From Chronic Pelvic Pain with Dr Tara Morrison

    Dr. Tara Morrison is Birth Trauma Specialist and Holistic Pelvic Floor  Physical Therapist who specialises in whole-person care for pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond. We actually met several years ago when we were both training at the Integrative Women’s Health Institute, so it was a real pleasure to have her on the show!
    Tara uses trauma-informed Somatic Pelvic Care to aid not just pain and pelvic floor dysfunction, but nervous system healing through mind-body based physical therapy tools, stress management, somatic emotional release, energy medicine, and mindful living. 
    In today’s episode, Tara and I talk about how she uses somatic therapy for chronic pelvic pain.
    In this episode we discuss:

    The development of the nervous system and how childhood experiences can cause chronic nervous system dysregulation and pelvic pain

    Emotional experiences and patterns and their impact on symptoms.

    Poly-vagal theory and the chronic freeze state in endometriosis and other pelvic pain conditions.

    What somatic therapy is and how this mind-body approach can help heal the root of endo and other pelvic pain conditions.

    How to start focusing on what feels good from a nervous system lense.

    Show Notes
    Website: www.cortexrehab.com
    Instagram: @sarahdueffert
    Facebook: @cortexPT
    Let's get social! Come say hello on Instagram or sign up to my newsletter.
    My cookbook This EndoLife, It Starts with Breakfast is out now! Get 28 anti-inflammatory, hormone friendly recipes for living and thriving with endometriosis. Order your copy here.
    If you feel like you need more support with managing endometriosis, you can join Your EndoLife Coaching Programme. A 1-to-1 three month health and life coaching programme to help you thrive with endometriosis. To find out more about the programme and to discuss whether it could be right for you, email me at hello@thisendolife.com or visit my website.
    This episode is produced by Ora Podcasts. Ora provides audio editing, management and other services to make podcasting simple and sustainable for their clients. Health coaches, nutritionists, mediums, personal trainers, tarot readers, teachers, or just those striving for a better world, Ora can help you start and maintain your podcast. Get in touch today.
    This episode is sponsored by BeYou Cramp Relief Patches. Soothe period cramps the natural way with these 100% natural and discreet menthol and eucalyptus oil stick on patches. Click here to find out more and to shop: https://beyouonline.co.uk/pages/how-it-works

    • 53 min
    How to Recover From Fatigue Whether You Have Endo or Dysautonomia, Or Both! With Dr Sarah Dueffert

    How to Recover From Fatigue Whether You Have Endo or Dysautonomia, Or Both! With Dr Sarah Dueffert

    Dr. Sarah Dueffert is a doctor of physical therapy, a board-certified neurologic clinical specialist and health coach specialising in fatigue and POTS recovery.
    Not only does Sarah help others get their life back, but she got her life back too - after years of mysterious symptoms like brain fog and crippling fatigue.
    Now she supports people to improve their energy and enjoy life again, after serious chronic illness like endometriosis and POTS have left them exhausted and barely able to get through the day.
    In today’s episode, Sarah and I are talking about how to recover from chronic fatigue with endo and dysautonomia/POTS.
    In this episode we discuss:

    What dysautonomia means and what specifically what POTS is and how it affects the body.

    How to get diagnosed with POTS or dysautonomia and the challenges women and people with endo face when asking for help with symptoms like a racing heart, chest pain, exhaustion and dizziness.

    The personality traits associated with POTS and chronic pelvic pain, in both the literature and clinically.

    Sarah’s 3 key approach to recovering from chronic fatigue and experiencing a joyful life again.

    This episode hit me hard! Sarah’s approach is different from the usual fatigue recovery we hear about it, it’s so much more about joy and less about a to-do list. I think it’s an incredibly useful episode if you’re struggling with fatigue, whether you have POTS, dysutonomia or endometriosis.
    Show Notes
    Website: www.cortexrehab.com
    Instagram: @sarahdueffert
    Facebook: @cortexPT
    Let's get social! Come say hello on Instagram or sign up to my newsletter.
    My cookbook This EndoLife, It Starts with Breakfast is out now! Get 28 anti-inflammatory, hormone friendly recipes for living and thriving with endometriosis. Order your copy here.
    If you feel like you need more support with managing endometriosis, you can join Your EndoLife Coaching Programme. A 1-to-1 three month health and life coaching programme to help you thrive with endometriosis. To find out more about the programme and to discuss whether it could be right for you, email me at hello@thisendolife.com or visit my website.
    This episode is produced by Ora Podcasts. Ora provides audio editing, management and other services to make podcasting simple and sustainable for their clients. Health coaches, nutritionists, mediums, personal trainers, tarot readers, teachers, or just those striving for a better world, Ora can help you start and maintain your podcast. Get in touch today.
    This episode is sponsored by BeYou Cramp Relief Patches. Soothe period cramps the natural way with these 100% natural and discreet menthol and eucalyptus oil stick on patches. Click here to find out more and to shop: https://beyouonline.co.uk/pages/how-it-works

    • 59 min
    Cycle Synced Yoga for Endo with Elisa Imperatori

    Cycle Synced Yoga for Endo with Elisa Imperatori

    Elisa Imperatori is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and menstrual cycle and perimenopause educator. Combining yoga, body literacy and the phases of the menstrual cycle, she helps people turn their menstrual cycle into an ally so that they can go from menstrual pain, mood swings and not understanding their cycle to body harmony, reduced symptoms and a happier, healthier cycle.
    In today’s episode, Elisa and I are talking about how to use yoga to experience a better cycle and manage chronic endo pain.
    In this episode we discuss:

    What cycle synced yoga is and how it differs from the ‘typical’ yoga we practice in Western society.

    The evidence-based benefits behind yoga for endometriosis and chronic pain.

    How to practice cycle-synced yoga for endometriosis symptom management and hormone health.

    How to practice yoga safely with endometriosis and how to tailor poses appropriately to prevent flare ups.

    The specific poses Elisa loves for pain relief.

    If you want to be able to move your body in a way that supports your endo, rather than worsens it, this is a great episode!
    Show Notes
    References
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27552065/
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27869485/
    https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03784976#contactlocation
    Elisa’s details
    https://elisa.yoga/
    https://www.instagram.com/elisaimperatori/
    https://www.facebook.com/elisaimperatoriyoga/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/elisaimperatori
    Let's get social! Come say hello on Instagram or sign up to my newsletter.
    My cookbook This EndoLife, It Starts with Breakfast is out now! Get 28 anti-inflammatory, hormone friendly recipes for living and thriving with endometriosis. Order your copy here.
    If you feel like you need more support with managing endometriosis, you can join Your EndoLife Coaching Programme. A 1-to-1 three month health and life coaching programme to help you thrive with endometriosis. To find out more about the programme and to discuss whether it could be right for you, email me at hello@thisendolife.com or visit my website.
    This episode is produced by Ora Podcasts. Ora provides audio editing, management and other services to make podcasting simple and sustainable for their clients. Health coaches, nutritionists, mediums, personal trainers, tarot readers, teachers, or just those striving for a better world, Ora can help you start and maintain your podcast. Get in touch today.
    This episode is sponsored by BeYou Cramp Relief Patches. Soothe period cramps the natural way with these 100% natural and discreet menthol and eucalyptus oil stick on patches. Click here to find out more and to shop: https://beyouonline.co.uk/pages/how-it-works

    • 58 min
    How to Manage Early Menopause, Medically Induced Menopause and Natural Menopause with Endometriosis, with Susan Clinton

    How to Manage Early Menopause, Medically Induced Menopause and Natural Menopause with Endometriosis, with Susan Clinton

    Today is a special episode, because my mentor, the woman who coached me through my coaching training, Susan Clinton, is joining us!
    Susan Clinton is a board certified women’s health physical therapist, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, and a board certified health and wellness coach - to name just a few of her hats! She is also a Master Coach for the Integrative Women’s Health Institute, hence why she ended up being my coach and mentor!
    In today’s episode, Susan and I are discussing endometriosis and menopause - and how to experience a better one!
    In this episode we discuss:

    The difference between natural menopause and surgically or medically induced menopause.

    Myth-busting the lie that endo doesn’t affect those in menopause and the research on early menopause and endo.

    How menopause can affect endometriosis symptoms, plus the general symptoms that can occur with menopause.

    How to improve your experience of menopause and reduce your symptoms.

    This isn’t a topic we’ve ever covered before on the show, but it’s certainly worth learning about now so you’re prepared and informed!
    Show Notes
    Susan’s website: www.embody-pt.com
    Susan’s email: susan@embody-pt.com
    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/susan.c.clinton and
    https://www.facebook.com/EmbodyPhysio
    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SClintonPT
    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/sclintonpt/ and embodypt
    Linked In:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/susancclinton/
    Co-Host of the 5 star Podcast:  Tough To Treat www.toughtotreat.com - A Physio’s guide to
    treating the complex patient
    Co-Host of the Vlog:  The Genius Project  www.thegeniusptproject - reframing the treatment of
    persistent musculoskeletal pain.
    Cofounder and Inaugural Board of Directors of the Foundation:  Global Womens Health
    Initiative:  www.gwhi.org 
    Let's get social! Come say hello on Instagram or sign up to my newsletter.
    My cookbook This EndoLife, It Starts with Breakfast is out now! Get 28 anti-inflammatory, hormone friendly recipes for living and thriving with endometriosis. Order your copy here.
    If you feel like you need more support with managing endometriosis, you can join Your EndoLife Coaching Programme. A 1-to-1 three month health and life coaching programme to help you thrive with endometriosis. To find out more about the programme and to discuss whether it could be right for you, email me at hello@thisendolife.com or visit my website.
    This episode is produced by Ora Podcasts. Ora provides audio editing, management and other services to make podcasting simple and sustainable for their clients. Health coaches, nutritionists, mediums, personal trainers, tarot readers, teachers, or just those striving for a better world, Ora can help you start and maintain your podcast. Get in touch today.
    This episode is sponsored by BeYou Cramp Relief Patches. Soothe period cramps the natural way with these 100% natural and discreet menthol and eucalyptus oil stick on patches. Click here to find out more and to shop: https://beyouonline.co.uk/pages/how-it-works

    • 57 min
    How to Manage Endo, Hypermobility, MCAS, and Dysautonomia Without the Overwhelm with Dr Jessica Drummond

    How to Manage Endo, Hypermobility, MCAS, and Dysautonomia Without the Overwhelm with Dr Jessica Drummond

    Today’s episode is with my tutor and world renowned endometriosis expert Dr Jessica Drummond.
    Dr Jessica Drummond is the founder and CEO of the Integrative Women’s Health Institute, where she trains thousands of practitioners and works with patients with endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain conditions. She is also the author of the incredible book Outsmart Endometriosis.
    Jessica is hosting a free endo workshop Outsmart Endometriosis Workshop, “6 Strategies to Reclaim Your Life from Endometriosis” on Oct 25th 2pm at 2pm EST. Sign up here. You can attend live or watch the replay, but you must be signed up to receive the recording.

    In today’s interview, Jessica and I continue a conversation we’ve been having together for much of the year - and this is the connection between endometriosis, MCAS, dysautonomia and hypermobility.
    Something I love about this conversation is that we talk less about the diagnosis of these conditions, and more about how to think about these new conditions and how to approach healing without overwhelm and without getting caught up in the weeds.
    I think this is a great conversation if you’ve been wondering whether you have these conditions but were scared about what this would mean for you, or you have these conditions diagnosed already but you didn’t know where to start.
    In this episode we discuss:

    The prevalence of MCAS, dysautonomia and hypermobility in the endo community.

    Why these conditions present in people with endo and how they may develop or be triggered later in life.

    Dr Drummond’s approach to managing these conditions in the context of endo and how to avoid overwhelm.

    How to work with Jessica and access her free workshop!

    I really hope you find this a useful interview in our ongoing focus on endo, MCAS, dysautonomia and hypermobility.

    Show Notes
    Remember, Jessica has a free workshop on Tues 25th October! You can sign up here.
    If you’re looking for detailed, research-driven strategies to help you understand more about endometriosis, WHY you feel the way you feel, and how the heck to feel BETTER – you’re in luck. 
    Join the LIVE Outsmart Endo Workshop on October 25th, 2022 to discover The #1 Thing That Endo Warriors Should Do To Get Relief Right Now and reclaim your life from endometriosis, with Dr. Jessica Drummond. 
    Discover How to Outsmart Your Endo in Jessica’s LIVE workshop and discover…

    The importance of gut-immune health for endo warriors

    Why nervous system regulation is crucial to endo healing 

    Why all of the doctors and specialists you’ve seen weren’t able to provide you with the relief you so desperately need 

    How to reclaim your life from endometriosis and start LIVING again! 

    If this resonates with you, please reserve your spot for the upcoming workshop here.

    Let's get social! Come say hello on Instagram or sign up to my newsletter.
    My cookbook This EndoLife, It Starts with Breakfast is out now! Get 28 anti-inflammatory, hormone friendly recipes for living and thriving with endometriosis. Order your copy here.
    If you feel like you need more support with managing endometriosis, you can join Your EndoLife Coaching Programme. A 1-to-1 three month health and life coaching programme to help you thrive with endometriosis. To find out more about the programme and to discuss whether it could be right for you, email me at hello@thisendolife.com or visit my website.
    This episode is produced by Ora Podcasts. Ora provides audio editing, management and other services to make podcasting simple and sustainable for their clients. Health coaches, nutritionists, mediums, personal trainers, tarot readers, teachers, or just those striving for a better world, Ora can help you start and maintain your podcast. Get in touch today.
    This episode is sponsored by BeYou Cramp Relief Patches. Soothe period cramps the natural way with these 100% natural and discreet menthol and eucalyptus oil stick on patches. Click here to find out more and to shop: https://b

    • 48 min
    REPLAY: Six Foods to Eat Before Your Period to Reduce Pain with Endometriosis

    REPLAY: Six Foods to Eat Before Your Period to Reduce Pain with Endometriosis

    This week’s episode is a replay as my guest for this week has had to postpone (but they’ll be on very soon)! I thought I’d continue on the theme of improving your period pain with endo, and wanted to share some of the best foods for lowering inflammation and supporting a healthy cycle.
    Of course, please avoid the foods that you know you react to and don’t tolerate. Every body is different and so just because a food is shown to be anti-inflammatory, that doesn’t mean it’s right for you.
    As most of you will know by now, I lean towards making healthy choices to support us with endo all month long, but that doesn’t mean that focusing on foods to add in just before our period can’t be useful. In fact, if you’re struggling with where to get started with endometriosis management, I would start here and with my last episode.
    As always, these are just options - you don’t have to do them all nor do you have to do them exactly as suggested, tweak and tailor to your lifestyle and preferences. If you’re triggered by any of this, seek the support of a therapist and dietician/health coach/nutritionist before making further dietary changes.
    So, here are any foods to to eat before your period to reduce pain with endometriosis:


    Spinach and other leafy greens such as kale, boy chow, lettuce, rocket, chard and other greens. Add these in for anti-inflammatory nutrients, magnesium iron and fibre. Leafy greens can help to reduce period pain, fatigue, PMS symptoms like bloating and can aid reducing any excess oestrogen.


    Olive oil and other Vitamin E containing foods such as almonds, olives, avocados, greens and sunflower seeds. Vitamin E has been shown to reduce inflammation in numerous studies, as well as reduce pain with endometriosis and painful periods.


    Broccoli and other cruciferous veg like kale, cauliflower, asparagus, broccoli sprouts, sprouts and cabbage. These help to reduce oestrogen dominance by supporting the body to remove old oestrogen that needs clearing out and can cause symptoms like clots periods, heavy periods and period pain.


    Salmon and other sources of omega 3 fats such as mackerel, anchovies, sardines, herring, walnuts and chia seeds. Omega 3 fats help to lower inflammation and have been shown to reduce period pain and in studies on rats, reduce the size of endometriosis lesions. Add no more than two portions of fatty fish a week in addition to walnuts and chia seeds, and be cautious of large fatty fish as these can have a higher mercury content.


    Tomatoes and other colourful vegetables such as berries, red cabbage, parsnips, peppers, squashed carrots. Studies have shown that people with endometriosis have higher levels of oxidation (which leads to higher levels of inflammation and therefore pain) and that when participants added in a high anti-oxidant diet in the form of extra fruits and vegetables, their oxidation levels lowered.


    Turmeric and other herbs and spices like cinnamon and ginger. Many herbs and spices are anti-inflammatory, yet turmeric, ginger and cinnamon are particular stand-out stars, with curcumin (the active compound in turmeric) showing promise with endometriosis lesion suppression and ruction in mice, and ginger being an effective pain reliever in people with primary dysmenorrhea.


    Bonus food! Raw cacao and sugar free dark chocolate. Rich in magnesium, iron and anti-oxidants, raw cacao can help lower inflammation and support energy production, whilst helping us with those sugar cravings! Just be mindful of how much you have as cacao does have a little caffeine.

    More show notes and links here.

    Let's get social! Come say hello on Instagram or sign up to my newsletter.
    This episode is produced by Ora Podcasts.
    This episode is sponsored by BeYou Cramp Relief Patches. Soothe period cramps the natural way with these 100% natural and discreet menthol and eucalyptus oil stick on patches. Click here to find out more and to shop: https://beyouonline.co.uk/pages/how-it-works

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

dalgaiw ,

What a fantastic resource for endo sufferers!

Thank you so much Jessica for this podcast! I’m currently in year 1 of my nutrition course and have a young friend who suffers with endo. This podcast has really helped me to understand all the challenges that an endo sufferer is faced with. Your candid communication, useful subjects and professional recordings make it so easy to listen to. The interviews with some amazing people have broadened my knowledge on what is out there for those suffering with endometriosis. I’m excited that this disease is starting to get more recognition in the UK. I’m sure your podcast has helped this change. Big thanks! Keep up the good work.

shannoncree ,

Shannon

I would like to thank Jessica for This EndoLife podcast on endometriosis.
I have suffered for way too long with this condition and I have never come across something so supportive and knowledgable, with practical and emotional solutions. It’s really inspired me to help live my life in a new way with endometriosis and find ways to put me first. I admire you for living with this and helping others live with it.

amag93 ,

FINALLY!

It’s lovely to see Jessica addressing this condition on a public platform. When first being diagnostics with endometriosis, it’s hard to find a place to give you insightful advice. Being a sufferer for quite some time, it’s lovely to see her wearing her heart on her sleeve and sharing her story, along with others sharing their best advice and stories as well.

Don’t be afraid to speak up about this condition- educate others and stand tall because this is something that should not bring you down or make you feel alone. There are others out there that will always have your back!

#endometriosisawarenessmonth

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