So you’ve found out that you have Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – what next? There is no known cure for PCOS, but many women are able to effectively manage their symptoms with medicines, hormone treatments and more natural remedies. It is these natural remedies for PCOS that we are going to examine today.
1. Coffee has to go. Consuming caffeine can affect your hormones – switch your caffeinated coffee for a decaf alternative, such as herbal tea. If you absolutely need a boost of energy, consider green tea: it can help improve insulin resistance (an issue for PCOS patients) and help with weight management.
2. Reduce your stress: Stress, just like caffeine, plays havoc with your endocrine system. Make space in your life for relaxation and self-care; this can take whatever form works for you! If you like long walks, incorporate them into your day. If yoga is your thing, make it happen! Reducing your stress keeps your cortisol levels under control.
3. Acupuncture: The ancient art of acupuncture has been shown to have beneficial effects in those with PCOS. As a more natural remedy for PCOS, it may help with:
4. Omega-3 is your friend: Studies have shown that regular consumption of omega-3 can lower testosterone levels, and make it more likely for you to resume regular menstruation. This finding, coupled with the already well-documented health benefits of omega-3, makes this a great supplement for the PCOS diet.
5. Give ACV a try: Apple cider vinegar is everywhere these days, and for good reason. The health benefits of ACV are well-known, including keeping the body’s pH levels balanced and keeping bacteria under control. Drink a tablespoon diluted in a glass of water each morning.
6. Overhaul your diet: What you put into your body is so so so important. Ditch the processed foods, and opt for whole-foods which are foods that have not been altered in any way. Eliminating processed foods, such as white flour, sugar, corn syrup and more can have a massive effect on your health.Replace your processed foods with raw leafy greens, legumes or superfoods [insert link to article here] such as raw cacao, maca root and lucuma root. Cacao in particular is a great source of iron and magnesium, both of which are important in a PCOS diet.
7. Get active: I know it’s hard to exercise, but the trick is finding balance. Your body knows what it needs…listen to it! Start small: incorporate a short walk, or simple workout session into your day. Find a healthy level that works for you – overexercise can actually make PCOS worse! But finding that happy medium, that perfect level, can help you feel healthier and stronger. Living with PCOS can feel scary at times, and a bit overwhelming. But there are small changes you can make to your life, tiny little things that you can do each and every day that will, in time, make things easier.