PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome, is one of the most common hormonal conditions that affect women. PCOS causes hormonal imbalances which can cause ovarian cysts, irregular periods, acne, thinning hair, and weight gain. PCOS cannot be healed, however you can reverse your symptoms.
Taking birth control pills is not always the best option for people who suffer from PCOS. Birth control pills won’t help reversing the condition, it will just mask the symptoms. There is a type of PCOS that is caused by being on birth control for too long because it increases the amount of estrogen in the body.
The first step in trying to reverse your PCOS is to get your hormones tested. Getting a full hormone blood panel down can help you discover what type of PCOS you have as well as what is the best way to go about fixing it. With a few lifestyle and diet changes it is possible to reverse your PCOS.
Watch What You Eat
Diet changes can be a game changer!
Making sure you maintain a healthy weight with PCOS is vital. PCOS can cause you to gain weight without you even realizing it. If you also suffer from insulin resistance as a side effect of your PCOS it can also be hard to lose weight.
Focus on whole foods. Such as whole grains, vegetables, and fruit. Foods like whole grains, broccoli, cabbage, beans, lentils, mustard leaves, and seeds can all help balance your hormones. Eating foods with a low glycemic index is beneficial if you have some insulin resistance.
Add ghee that is hormone and antibiotic free to your diet. Ghee is a clarified butter made from cow’s milk. It can help balance hormones and lubricate joints.
People who have PCOS have found that an anti-inflammatory diet can be helpful. Anti-inflammatory diets can help reduce gluten, dairy, sugar, inflammatory oils, and processed foods. Adding in olive oil, fatty fish, and leafy greens.
Avoid milk if you have digestive issues. Many people with PCOS have to some degree a gluten and dairy intolerance.
Full fasting with no food between eating can help aid digestion.
Adding in fiber, balancing carbohydrates and protein, increasing iron and magnesium can all benefit a healthy diet for PCOS.
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There are certain supplements that have been shown to help with PCOS. They help balance hormones as well as assist with insulin resistance.
Inositol, Chromium, cinnamon, turmeric, zinc, primrose oil, vitamin D with calcium, cod liver oil, and berberine have all been shown to be beneficial in helping with symptoms of PCOS.
Getting vitamin D from the sun is the best way to get it. Sometimes people with PCOS have low levels of vitamin D so taking it in supplemental form is best if you can’t get it naturally. Vitamin D is important for balancing your circadian rhythm.
Herbs that are also helpful are maca root, ashwagandha, holy basil, licorice root, tribulus terrestris, and chasteberry.
Prebiotics and probiotics can help with digestion. Add in probiotics in supplement form or with foods. Foods that are high in probiotics are kimchi and kombucha.
Incorporate Healthy Life Style Habits
Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water during your day.
Lower your caffeine intake. Skip the coffee and the soda and switch it for a green tea, or decaf.
Balance your exercise. Over exercising or doing exercises that are strenuous can increase your cortisol levels which can do more harm than good. A walk around your neighborhood may be sufficient enough. Moving your body should be your goal instead of a HIIT workout.
Practicing good sleep hygiene. Getting enough sleep is important when you have PCOS.
Finding out what is the best way for you to reduce stress is also important.
Be mindful of what products you are using. Products like skin care, shampoo, makeup, and cleaning supplies can have toxic chemicals in them that can mess with your hormones. Finding natural clean brands can help balance your hormones.
PCOS has no known cure. It affects about 10% of women in reproductive years. It is close to being the leading cause of infertility in women. PCOS affects everyone differently. No two people with PCOS will have the same symptoms.
Learning what you can do in your lifestyle to help manage your PCOS can help alleviate symptoms and help you have a better quality of life.
There is hope! You can get your PCOS symptoms under control! #HealthSurgeon