With our wonderful owner Rachel Ellis being a PCOS warrior, we thought we would take some time to focus on health tips for polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
What is PCOS?
PCOS is a condition that can cause infertility and other debilitating symptoms in 1 out of 10 women of childbearing age. It is unknown as to the cause, although insulin resistance has been noted. PCOS is a condition where a woman’s ovaries produce more androgens (male sex hormones) than necessary and may cause cysts that develop on the ovaries preventing eggs from being produced or released during ovulation.
Think you might have PCOS? Here are some symptoms:
Missed periods, irregular periods, or very light periods
Excess body hair, including the chest, stomach, and back
Weight gain, especially around the abdomen
Oily skin and acne
Balding or thinning hair
·nfertility (issues conceiving)
Skin tags on the neck or armpits
Dark or thick skin patches on the back of the neck, in the armpits, and under the breasts
Gut Health and Hormone Health
Did you know that your hormones are processed in your gut so if you are not eliminating properly, they will reabsorb into your system causing fluctuations?
Getting your gut health in check is the number one way to help balance your hormones. For hormonal conditions like PCOS, especially if you are trying to get pregnant, we highly recommend regular (weekly if possible) colon hydrotherapy.
Diet Tips for PCOS
The naturopathic approach to disease is that the body can heal itself given the right food and environment. Here are some tips for a PCOS-friendly diet, remembering that everybody is different:
Eat balanced meals and avoid snacking to balance blood sugar levels
It is important to consume healthy meals with nutrient dense foods such as antioxidant rich fruits, vegetables, vitamins, and minerals.
Consume lots of healthy fats - our sex hormones are made from cholesterol so if we don’t have enough good sources then we are not giving our bodies the building blocks it needs.
Reduce sugar consumption
Good sources of protein for blood sugar balance as well as for thyroid and liver health.
Antioxidants for egg and sperm health
Fertility and PCOS
Getting pregnant with PCOS can feel like a difficult and heart-breaking journey and here are some things you can do in addition to dietary changes and colon hydrotherapy to increase your chances of conceiving:
Ensure you are getting enough sleep
Manage your stress and reducing stressors overall in your life
Manage your mindset
Visualization - visualize every aspect of your pregnancy and your life with your new baby
ELT drainage - clear your fallopian tubes, ovaries, balance your blood sugar and improve your thyroid health with our lymphatic treatments.
Healthy exercise to improve stress and balance blood sugar.
What is meant for you will never pass you and what you are wanting is always wanting you. Release and trust in the universe’s plan.
More ways to manage PCOS at home if you are struggling:
Lymphatic drainage to improve thyroid health, balance blood sugar and clear toxins from the body
Stress management to balance hormones
Daily exercise to improve stress, balance blood sugar, manage weight and move some lymph.
Regular colonics to balance hormones.
Laser hair removal for excess hair
Laser treatments for acne.
Want to learn more? Book in today and chat with one of our knowledgeable therapists!