Top Tips to Tackle PCOS

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Top Tips to Tackle PCOS

6th September 2017 01:59 PM

Author: Samantha Farmer

Top Tips to Tackle PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can lead to infertility and can have unpleasant symptoms like hair growth on the chin, loss of hair on the head, weight gain, acne and more.

The cause is unknown, but several factors come into play to disrupt hormone balance, leading to higher levels of testosterone hence the masculine symptom presentation and infertility.  However, changes to diet and lifestyle can have a positive impact and assist you to come back into balance.

Here are a few top tips of actions you can implement yourself:

1 Avoid all sugar, even the sugars promoted as healthy, as they too can disrupt hormone production.  Fructose sugar, that which is found in fruits, is used to trigger insulin-resistance in rats, and insulin-resistance is clearly involved in PCOS.  Do include fruit in your diet as it is packed with beneficial antioxidants, but restrict consumption to 2 to 3 portions per day.

2 Avoid stimulants like coffee and alcohol, that can also increase the rise in blood sugar.

3 Avoid processed foods like white flour products, trans fats in deep fried food, hydrogenated fats in margarines, cakes and biscuits.  These foods tend to be lower in nutrient value, higher in sugars and fats that the body doesn't cope with very well, causing disruption.

4 Choose a low glycaemic load diet.  These are carbohydrate foods that are lower in sugars, and that release their sugars more slowly. This is a diet rich in vegetables; a wide range covering the colours of the rainbow, plus the few fruits mentioned earlier.   It also includes legumes and pulses, whole foods like whole grain for those who can tolerate them.

5 Include healthy fats in the form of oily fish, nuts and seeds, their oils, olive oil and avocado to support cell function and communication, but also for their anti-inflammatory effects.

6 Choose the best quality proteins like grass-fed meat, wild fish, free range eggs, organically produced beans and lentils.

7 Stress is also a major disruptor of hormones, so take action to manage stress.  Make changes to your life where you can to avoid unnecessary stress, but ultimately stress will happen, so your response to it is important.  Learn techniques to let go like EFT (emotional freedom technique), include regular meditation or journal your thoughts.

8 Great sleep also helps the body repair and rebalance, so ensure your bedroom is suited to a good night's sleep; dark room, cool, turn technology off 1 hour before bed, have a bath in Epsom salts and calming lavender oil.

Making changes to diet and lifestyle takes planning.  It takes consistency and knowing what it means to you.  Take each step one-by-one, and see what positive results you get.  We’d love to hear how you get on.

Samantha Farmer is a registered nutritional therapist (CNHC & BANT) with a keen interest in womens health, digestive issues and stress management. Her approach is in line with Functional Medicine, which focuses on the client, looking to re-balance all components that lead to optimum health.

For more information, or to contact Samantha, please see her website

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