Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – Diet

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Posted on 10:08AM Jun 16, 2018 in General

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – Diet

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCOS – also known as PCOD, is a common problem today affecting almost 18% of women in India. PCOS is one of the major causes of infertility, affecting the menstrual cycle by interfering with the hormonal balance of the body and causing excessive production of the male hormone androgen.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – Diet

Common symptoms due to PCOS would be irregular or absent menses, abnormal hair growth, weight gain, infertility, acne problems, etc. It also makes you prone to certain health problems like diabetes, heart diseases and blood pressure problems. Unhealthy lifestyle is supposedly the cause of this dreadful disorder and PCOS can be counteracted by following a good and proper diet plan, exercise, managing stress, depression and other emotional issues.

A proper diet will lower the insulin levels and help reduce symptoms of PCOS. Let us have a sneak peak into dietary do’s and don’ts for PCOS:

  • Consume whole grains instead of processed and refined foods & consume fresh fruits instead of packed or fresh juices as they help to maintain blood glucose and insulin levels.
  • Eating foods rich in fiber such as legumes and green leafy vegetables will help slow and consistent rise in blood sugar and insulin levels.
  • One must always combine protein and carbohydrates together because protein helps to regulate the spike in glucose levels in blood due to carbohydrates.
  • Never ever skip breakfast as it helps begin the day with necessary energy and sustain it through the day as it proceeds.
  • Eat small frequent meals – every 3 to 4 hours leads to improvement in insulin sensitivity and prevents frequent hunger pangs leading to unhealthy snacks.
  • Add seasonings in the form of lemon juice, vinegar, herbs, pepper, mustard seeds, spices are beneficial.
  • Essential fatty acids are beneficial for PCOS patients, hence having 2 to 3 servings of fish every week is recommended as well.
  • Water intake upto 3 to 4 liters per day is also important. Try considering flavored water.

Exercise tips:

Yoga and meditation helps combat stress and depression. Light workout is recommended too. A combination of 30 minutes aerobic exercise along with strength training will help lose weight and build muscles which will improve your basal metabolic rate to help you burn more calories even while you are at rest.

-Dr. Reshma Sagari
Homeopathy & Bach Flower Expert | Wellness Coach

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