Natural Treatments for PCOS can provide profound changes for women suffering from symptoms such as weight gain, excess hair growth, acne, irregular periods and infertility.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormone disorder characterised by the accumulation of what appears to be numerous fluid-filled cysts on the ovaries.
These cysts develop over time as the ova (eggs) fail to mature, then release during the menstrual cycle. This causes multiple immature ova to be visible on ultrasound, which are mistakenly called cysts.
Over the past few years our understanding of how PCOS develops has changed the way this hormone disorder is treated. Natural treatments for PCOS can address the root causes of this difficult condition. Time and time again women are seeing results using a PCOS diet plan, supplements, herbs and lifestyle adjustments.
One thing is for certain, making changes to your diet is essential to address the underlying causes such as insulin resistance. You will start to lose excess weight and improve the chances of falling pregnant.
One study found that 11 out of 12 women who had been overweight and not ovulating conceived naturally after losing weight (this study is found in ‘The Natural PCOS Diet e-book’).
As women with PCOS lose weight, hormone levels often start to return to normal. Testosterone levels fall, insulin levels go down, sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) levels go up and the symptoms of PCOS start to diminish. Women also report significant improvements in the growth of excess hair and skin tone. Weight loss can have a remarkable effect on ovarian function.
In general, women with high levels of luteinising hormone (LH) in the first half of their menstrual cycle seem to have a greater risk of miscarriage. However, a study found that the rate of miscarriage dropped from 75% to 18% in women with PCOS who changed their diets and lost weight.
As you can see, diet is a major factor when looking at natural treatments for PCOS.
A balanced diet using whole foods which stabilize your blood sugar levels is the key. Banishing sugary food is especially important. Foods containing too much sugar cause rapid spikes in your blood sugar levels, placing unnecessary stress on your body. Over time this leads to the development of insulin resistance syndrome.
Insulin Resistance Syndrome is condition marked by poor blood sugar control and weight gain. Insulin resistance is usually an underlying problem in women suffering PCOS, even when they are not overweight.
When the body is insulin resistant, it simply does not remember how to use carbohydrates for energy. It can only store them as fat. The Natural PCOS Diet describes in outstanding detail the most appropriate diet for PCOS. Here are a few basic tips:
You will find greater detail of the diet to follow and other natural treatments for PCOS in my e-book, The Natural PCOS Diet.
Natural treatments for PCOS should also incorporate the use of nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, homoeopathic medicine, acupuncture and of course exercise.
Many women are lacking important vitamins and minerals for hormone health. If you taking the oral contraceptive pill to regulate your periods, you may have an even greater imbalance between a number of key vitamins and minerals. Correcting this imbalance will go a long way towards treating the root cause of the problem.
Natural treatments for PCOS include the use of nutritonal supplements, specific ones mentioned below:
Detailed natural treatments for PCOS such as supplement recommendations are found in The Natural PCOS Diet.
Herbs are extremely useful in treating PCOS. Making changes and adding supplements to your diet will help control weight and balance blood sugar, while herbs go a step further, targeting any problems involving hormone balance.
Herbs to consider include:
Recommendations of natural treatments for PCOS including herbs are found in detail in The Natural PCOS Diet.
NB. Always consult a registered practitioner.
The introduction of a regular exercise program to improve fitness, insulin resistance and maintain a healthy weight is important. Detailed information on exercise for PCOS is found in The Natural PCOS Diet.
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