PCOS – What it is and what can I do to help my hormones?
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is an imbalance of the hormonal system identified by multiple cysts developing on the surface of the ovaries. PCOS is more prominent in women of reproductive age, with many women unaware that they suffer from the illness as it often goes undiagnosed until fertility problems arise. The symptoms of PCOS can vary from woman to woman, but the most common include:
- Excess facial hair
- Weight gain (especially around tummy)
- Irregular/no periods
- Mood swings
- Male-pattern baldness
- Insulin resistance (where the body produces insulin but does not use it adequately)
- Health Tips for dealing with PCOS:
- The causes of PCOS are unknown, but there are links to high testosterone levels, insulin resistance and genetic factors.
- Reduce sugar: Eating a diet high in refined sugar causes insulin to be released more regularly by the body. This can stimulate the ovaries to produce excess testosterone which contributes to PCOS symptoms such as acne, facial hair and weight gain
- Increase omega 3 fats: Omega 3s are important for PCOS as they can stop the cell walls from hardening. If they harden, the insulin receptors can become unresponsive which can lead to insulin resistance- common in PCOS sufferers
- Exercise: Exercise is vital for overall health and it is especially important for PCOS sufferers. It plays a part in improving insulin resistance, it can help reduce weight gain associated with PCOS and it is important in excreting excess hormones
- Golden Turmeric MilkTurmeric is a spice with a range of health benefits! It has been used in India and China for thousands of years for its therapeutic abilities because it has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric is excellent for arthritis, inflammatory skin conditions, digestion, immunity, age related diseases, heart disease, pain relief, detoxification, and even cancer prevention.Serving suggestions: Drink daily. The paste can also be taken straight from the jar by consuming 1 tsp per day straight off the spoon or add to smoothies or natural yoghurts.
Servings: 1 person
- ¼ cup Turmeric Powder
- ½ cup spring water
- 1-2 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
- Mix water with turmeric powder in a pan and slowly heat on low-medium heat for 6-10 minutes until you get a smooth paste with medium consistency (add some additional water if it is too thick).
- Add black pepper and oil and mix altogether. Allow paste to cool and place into a glass jar, this can refrigerate for up to 2 weeks, or freeze.
- Mix all ingredients except the honey together over medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Once it is cool enough add the honey and enjoy.
- Bonus foods:
Black pepper improves digestion and stimulates the breakdown of fat cells. It increases the absorption of certain nutrients such as selenium, B vitamins and beta-carotene. It has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It supports and enhances liver detoxification.
Raw honey is a natural energizer with a source of vitamin B2 and B6, iron and manganese. It is great for immune support against any colds, flus or infections because of its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. It can be used to soothe sore throats and coughs.
Jacqueline Ryan Graduated in Nutritional Therapy from the College of Naturopathic Medicine. CNM trains students for careers in a range of natural therapies, including Naturopathic Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and Naturopathy. There are CNM colleges across Ireland, the UK, and in the US. www.naturopathy.ie