How Can One Cure PCOS Naturally?
PCOS, which stands for polycystic ovary syndrome, is a complex condition marked by hormonal imbalance. The ovaries produce more androgen than normal, which leads to a wide range of issues. Symptoms include an irregular menstrual cycle, ovarian cysts, weight gain, acne, unwanted body hair, infertility, and more.
PCOS is complex. Its underlying causes and how it presents itself can be very different from patient to patient. There is no medical cure for PCOS, but with a natural approach, it’s possible to help the body achieve balance.
Through balance, we can mitigate the issues that make it so hard to live with PCOS. If you’d like to learn how to deal with your PCOS naturally, consider these holistic tips.
Understanding Your PCOS
The first part of treating PCOS naturally is understanding exactly what kind of effect it has had on your body, as well as what it potentially stems from.
Take note of the specific PCOS symptoms you experience. Make sure to pay attention to how it impacts your menstrual cycle, your energy levels, weight, mood, and even your appearance.
Also, consider speaking to your doctor about conducting blood work. It’s especially important to know if you have insulin resistance, which may lead to complications like diabetes down the line.
PCOS-Friendly Eating Habits
One of the most effective ways of treating PCOS naturally is through what you eat. A healthy, PCOS-friendly diet can prevent some of the worst health outcomes of the syndrome, like diabetes and heart disease.
It’s hard to pin down a specific diet that’ll cure every person with PCOS, but in general, this is the ideal way to eat:
- Stick to low-glycemic index foods.
- Reduce your carbohydrate intake, and try to stick to high-fiber, whole-grain sources of carbs.
- Try to prioritize sufficient protein intake (it should be around 40% of your diet).
- If you suffer from inflammation, an anti-inflammatory diet may help.
Many women find that just by improving their diet, their menstruation can become more regular, and other symptoms also improve.
Stress has a surprisingly big impact on our hormones. The body produces a hormone called cortisol as a response to stress, and those with PCOS tend to have higher levels of it circulating through their body.
Finding ways to reduce stress helps to regulate cortisol, and goes a long way towards mitigating almost all PCOS symptoms. The best way to go about this is to make sure you’re incorporating the following into your life:
- Getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night.
- Doing daily physical activities that make you happy.
- Meditating or practicing mindfulness.
- Limiting the regular sources of stress in your life.
Supplements can help treat PCOS in various ways. Inositol, zinc, berberine, peppermint tea, evening primrose oil, and chromium are just a few of many supplements that have shown promise when it comes to healing PCOS symptoms naturally.
However, taking supplements blindly is never a good idea, and it’s not a substitute for healthy eating habits. Before taking supplements, make sure to speak with a doctor or nutritionist.
Don’t Go At It Alone
Figuring out how to improve your diet or what lifestyle changes to make can be a confusing process. All of the tips and suggestions in this article are based on Dr Galina’s Holistic Approach.
It’s always best to work with a holistic medical provider who’ll know what tests you need and can customize a treatment plan just for you.