Constant fatigue, overweight, increased hairiness, frequent skin problems, irregular menstruation or complete absence of menstruation, mood swings – all these occurrences are indicators of the presence of polycystic ovarian syndrome. About 7% of women in the world are suffering from PCOS and this number is especially high in the Middle East. This syndrome is one of the main causes of infertility in women and if this condition is not treated at all there is a risk of development of endometrial cancer. Women with diagnosed syndrome will experience higher levels of LH hormone, higher level of testosterone and estrogen and low level of progesterone. On top of that, the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease is significantly increased. Besides the conventional medical treatment, many experts suggest changes in the diet in order to deal with PCOS. This approach is especially useful in cases when women with this syndrome have to lose their extra weight. In this way they will improve their skin health, reduce hairiness, balance insulin and become calmer and happier. What is even more important they will increase their chances to conceive.
According to many studies, 8 out of 10 women who didn’t have ovulation because of overweight were able to get pregnant after they’ve lost those extra pounds. Statistics show that more than 50% of women suffering from PCOS are overweight, so the first advice to deal with this syndrome is to lose weight. Fast and strict diets won’t provide results because instead of burning fat you will probably lose most of the muscles and water in from the system. You need to focus on the fat reserves. Extra fat cells in the system are also leading to excessive amounts of estrogen. Once you remove the extra fat you’ll make a balance between estrogen and progesterone in the body. So, what exactly should you consume?
You need to take food that has low glycemic index which means increased intake of vegetable fiber – lentils, beans, flax, oats, quinoa, barley etc. it has been proven that food like this can successfully eliminate excessive estrogen and it doesn’t allow it to return to the blood. Desserts and all types of food that contain high amounts of sugar should be reduced to a minimum. Excessive drinking of alcohol can lead to imbalance in the body and it can affect the levels of iron, zinc and vitamin B. These substances are crucial for hormonal balance. Of course, a glass or two of red wine won’t hurt your body. As a matter of fact red wine can protect you from cardiovascular diseases and increase the level of good cholesterol in the body. However, if you are suffering from PCOS and you need to lose weight fast, then it is a good idea to avoid alcohol completely for a while.
Finally, detoxification should be part of your nutritional strategy against PCOS. The liver plays main role in the process of removal of estrogen so by practicing a good detox plan you will be able to improve the work of the liver.