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Let Food Be Thy Medicine: Healing Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

By now if you've been following the blogs, it's safe to conclude that conditions labeled as incurable can oftentimes be cured by changing your lifestyle. Polycystic ovary syndrome, or polycystic ovarian syndrome, (PCOS) is another hormonal disorder that is not well understood as far as its cause but can be traced to a disruption in the endocrine system.


PCOS occurs when the ovaries or adrenal glands produce unusually high levels of androgens (male sex hormones) which causes the female reproductive hormones to become imbalanced. This results in irregular menstrual cycles, abnormal hair growth, acne, weight gain, thinning hair, infertility, and ovarian cysts. The name "polycystic" describes the numerous small fluid-filled cysts that form on the ovaries. This condition is treated with birth control medication however, this method of treatment only gives the appearance of having a "normal" menstrual cycle masking the root of the issue which is hormonal imbalances.


Since PCOS may happen due to inflammation, adrenal function or metabolic health, the journey to cure it lies in diet, exercise, and rest.


Diet:

-whole foods free from artificial sugars, hormones, and preservatives

-balanced intake of unprocessed high carb foods and healthy protein

-anti-inflammatory foods like olive oil, leafy greens, tomatoes, tree nuts, turmeric, ginger

-iron rich foods like spinach and broccoli

-magnesium rich foods such as almonds, cashews, spinach, and bananas


Exercise:

Maintaining a healthy weight through exercise can help decrease insulin resistance and regulate your menstrual cycle. Movement also helps with circulation and detoxing the body through the sweat glands. Be sure to balance your exercise routines with both high and low impact days.


Rest:

Resting reduces stress. Journaling, creating space for self-care and of course quality sleep falls in the category of rest. Sleep affects your stress levels and helps regulate cortisol to balance your hormones.


By pulling together everything we've covered over this past month, your path to healing can begin. I cannot reiterate enough, in order to reap drastic results, drastic measures may be necessary for total healing. Again, we are not simply covering up the symptoms but attacking the root of the problem. I have seen many healed from simple lifestyle changes, and the only difference between them and you is they chose to step out of their norm. If you are unsure where to begin, sign up for a free 30-minute consultation at BelovedBellies.com.


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