Have you ever had lost too much of weight?
Continuously suffering from terrible anxiety and depression?
Battled chronic acne?
Put up with irregular periods?
If you are… then maybe you are suffering from one of the most common hormonal disorders impacting the female population; Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, PCOS.
So… What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, PCOS, mostly affecting women between 15 to 44 years, is essentially a hormonal condition which causes enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges.
And it is commonly estimated that 5 to 10% of women, during their reproductive years are go through this problem. Approximately 30% women have at least some of the characteristics.
However, millions of women across the world with this problem are wreaking havoc on hormones and has very little cure.
And as far as the symptoms are concerned, apart from getting infrequent periods there can be:
High Androgen Levels: Androgens are also known as “male hormones”. But don’t let this name fool you! Both men’s and women’s body produce androgens, just is differing amounts.
In fact, in a women’s body androgens have more than 200 actions. And, one of the main purpose of androgens is to be converted into the female hormones known as estrogens.
In women, however, androgens play a key role:
- Kick-starts puberty
- Stimulates hair growth in the pubic and underarm areas
- Also regulates the function of many organs, including the reproductive tract, bone, kidneys, liver and muscle.
In adult women, androgens are necessary for estrogen synthesis which plays a key role in bone loss, as well as sexual desire and satisfaction.
High androgen levels can pose severe problems, resulting in “virilizing effects” as acne, excessive hair growth in “inappropriate” places, like the chin, upper lip and thinning of hair on the head, almost leading to baldness, apart from experiencing absent menstrual periods, infertility, disorder blood sugar. Weight Gain: Besides having the symptoms of losing excessive weight, around 80% of the women suffering from PCOS are obese and overweight.
Headaches: Headaches may not be common symptom, but it can definitely affect a lot women suffering from this syndrome.
How to deal with PCOS?
While many women manage the symptoms mainly with medication and hormone therapy, some prefer to supplement traditional treatments in the most holistic method.
However, some go for absolutely natural alternatives and methods.
Here are some natural methods to help you manage your PCOS symtoms :
(Much before trying any treatment option, please consult your health-practitioner or gynaecologist)
Why Not Strategize your Calories?
A study shows that caloric intake timing can have a big impact on glucose, insulin and testosterone levels.
Most women with PCOS who ate the majority of their daily calories at breakfast for 12 weeks have significantly improved their insulin and glucose levels.
In fact, 50% of their testosterone levels have reduced. This is rather better as compared to women who have consumed their largest meals at dinnertime.
An effective Diet for PCOS should consist of :
- a 980-calorie breakfast
- a 640-calorie lunch and
- a 190-calorie dinner.
Having Lots of Turmeric
These cysts are formed due to abnormal levels of hormones are result of inflammation and turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Therefore, it’s good to have lots of turmeric during polycystic ovaries syndrome.
Having COD Liver Oil
COD liver oil will help improve ovarian function and reduce androgen levels in women suffering from PCOS, helping regulate female hormones.
This can also help in stunting unwanted hair growth and irregular menstrual cycle.
Drinking Green Tea
When insulin levels are high, the testosterone levels also increase, resulting in more unpleasant symptoms of PCOS. Drinking green tea will definitely improve the insulin sensitivity and control glucose levels.
Should be Loaded with Omega- 3s
Fish oil has been associated with a long list of health benefits, generally. Research shows that omeg-3 supplements can decrease androgen levels in women with PCOS.
In fact, 3 grams of omega-3s a day for 8 weeks is capable of lowering testosterone concentrations and are likely to resume regular menses.
Consumption of Basil
Adding basil leaves to tea and drinking it, or putting it to smoothies or salads, lowers the cortical levels, prevents weight gain and it definitely blocks the production of testosterone.
A low glycemic index diet
Food low in GI diet includes grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, starchy vegetables and other unprocessed, low-carbohydrate foods. Consumption of such food along with low fat dairy produce mostly rice milk, almond milk, oat milk and coconut milk does not allow the insulin level to rise and helps in discouraging fat and sugar.
No gluten free products! They are refined and will have a high glycemic load, causing insulin spike. Therefore, with PCOS, gluten free products like pastas, breads, etc. In fact, consumption of soy products have shown delay in ovulation in some women. Therefore, soy products are not recommended in women with PCOS, as it just exacerbates the problem.