Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a complicated syndrome in which your body undergoes hormonal disbalances, especially if you’re in the reproductive age. Even though it currently affects 5 million women in the USA and more all over the world, there is, as such, no cure for PCOS, just ways to manage and curb the symptoms. Women with PCOS suffer from symptoms such as hirsutism (excessive hair in unwanted places like face and chin), irregular periods, infertility, weight gain, thinning of scalp hair and, ovarian cysts. And, even though the core causes of PCOS is not yet determined, according to a few studies and researches, PCOS is caused by hormonal disturbances of the hormones insulin, testosterone, and estrogen. Many doctors recommend hormonal therapy to treat PCOS but, ultimately, weight loss and lifestyle changes are required for any PCOS treatment to be effective, be it hormonal medications or only natural supplements.
Read on to find out some of the natural remedies for PCOS and what you can do at home to take care of your body in the best, effective, and safest way possible.
Lose The Stress & Get Proper Rest
Stress and improper sleep can disturb the hormonal balance in your body. Stress causes an increase in the hormone, cortisol levels, which affects your body’s metabolism and blood sugar levels. And not getting enough sleep can also increase the stress on your body and cortisol levels. The best way to reduce unwanted stress in your body is by meditation & yoga, eating healthy, getting at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep at night, exercising, and getting rid of those negative thoughts. Believe it or not, the things you put in your body, what you eat, your lifestyle, and even the way how you think can either increase or decrease stress.
According to a few studies, women who have PCOS face more stress, anxiety, and depression as compared to women without the condition. So taking care of your body by eating healthy, exercising, and being mindful, being positive, and getting enough sleep can help with your PCOS. Remember, if you feel stressed, think about what’s stressing you out and find ways to remove the stressor or adapt to it. Give yourself some “you” time every day, find ways to relax and cut yourself some slack – be positive so that at the end of the day, your body undergoes less stress and can break away from that disruptive hormonal loop it’s in.
I keep talking about a healthy diet, so what exactly does a healthy diet consist of, for women with PCOS? According to studies and many doctor’s recommendations, a diet with little to no carbs and sugars, less fat, and high on proteins and vitamins is best for PCOS. Many women search out PCOS natural treatments and ways to completely cure it, but the best way to go about dealing with this condition is by a strict and healthy diet. Stay away from processed and canned foods and instead stick to whole foods since they’re free from artificial flavors, preservatives, sugars, and they remain as close as possible to their unprocessed states.
The necessity of a balanced and healthy diet is for weight loss and to control your insulin levels. Women with PCOS have issues with getting their weight under control, and their bodies grow resistant towards insulin (a hormone that reduces blood sugar levels). If your body persistently has high blood sugar, it will stop responding to insulin hence, becoming resistant to insulin. Insulin resistance is most commonly followed by diabetes if blood sugar levels remain high. Research shows that shedding a little bit of weight, even around 8 to 15 pounds is enough to bring your body back to its set point and reverse hormonal disturbances, which are quite common in polycystic ovary syndrome. Say no to carbs. Focus on a plant-based diet like vegetables, nuts and legumes, whole grains, fibers, and lots of proteins.
Get enough Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin D & Omega 3s
Vitamin D and Calcium are considered suitable and essential supplements for PCOS. According to a few studies, fertility issues, irregular periods and other endocrine problems are related to a deficiency in calcium and Vitamin D. Magnesium supplements are also recommended to women who have a deficiency of magnesium and exhibit symptoms of insulin resistance, diabetes, stroke, and PCOS. It improves irregular periods and increases insulin sensitivity. You could also include magnesium-rich food in your diets, such as broccoli, almonds, spinach, and bananas. Castor Oil, Fish oil and omega 3s supplements have a long list of health benefits, and one of them includes helping with PCOS.
According to a study, omega 3s and inositol supplements are considered some of the best natural remedies for PCOS as they benefit women by decreasing the levels of testosterone in the body, improving the quality of the eggs produced by your ovaries and helps with irregular periods. Other PCOS supplements to keep an eye out for include chromium, cinnamon, and zinc. Although, before using any of these supplements— even though they are harmless— I always recommend consulting with your GP or your health care provider. They can better guide you on the dosage that is most suitable and beneficial to your body weight, size, and needs. Supplements play a significant role in giving a little boost to your body’s healing mechanism and can be some of the most effective alternatives, however, sticking to a healthy diet and Exercise are still considered the most basics.
Exercise, Exercise, and EXERCISE!
Do you know what goes hand in hand with a healthy and balanced diet? Especially if you have PCOS? Exercise, that’s what. You could go to any doctor in the world, be it a gynecologist, general physician, or a naturopathic doctor, they’ll all give you one simple, natural treatment for PCOS and all PCOS-related symptoms, and that is Exercise. Never mind the usual health benefits regular Exercise has, but it all boils down to the fact that Exercise helps reduce body weight, and when you couple it with your diet, it does wonders in shedding off those pounds from your body. Not only is it great for your heart’s health, but it helps reduce blood sugar levels and insulin levels as well. And let’s not forget it helps get rid of that abdominal fat that sits on your abdominal region, right near your pelvic area and above your ovaries. This fat is usually the culprit when it comes to, disrupting the hormonal balance and preventing your ovaries from functioning normally.
Wanna know the most effective workout for PCOS? An enjoyable one! You don’t need to spend large amounts on a fancy gym membership, try exercising at home, powerwalk, do a little Zumba, cycle if you want to, but try including Exercise of any kind in your daily schedule for just 30 minutes. Give your body some exercise for 30 minutes daily and watch those pounds drop, your periods become regular, and the symptoms to your PCOS curbed.
Are you considering treatments for PCOS in a natural way? Consult your family doctor or GP, as they’d be able to guide you on the right and practical course of treatment that can include some of these natural remedies. Remember, PCOS is a complex and complicated condition that doesn’t exactly have a cure. Still, instead, many alternative and conventional treatments can help with the management of your symptoms or complications. There is no one specific treatment as the condition manifests itself differently in every female, and you have to try your best to live healthy and stress-free, mentally and physically.