Wednesday, 2 August 2017

What Are The Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and How To Treat It Naturally!


The prevalence of polycystic ovary syndrome is constantly on the rise, currently affecting one in ten American women.  Excess levels of male hormones, irregular menstrual periods, acne, and weight gain are the most common symptom of this condition, which is characterized by enlarged and swollen ovaries. 
The worst part is that if left untreated, PCOS may lead to difficulty conceiving, infertility, diabetes, and heart disease. While taking artificial hormones is the treatment most doctors prescribe, weight control, healthy foods, and regular exercise are key treatments for PCOS.

Dietary Changes

As mentioned above, managing the diet is one of the key treatments for managing PCOS. Given that insulin resistance is often the underlying cause, controlling glucose levels is essential. It has been found that timing of calorie intake is one of the best ways to keep insulin levels in check. In other words, getting the majority of your calorie intake in the first part of the day rather than at dinner time may significantly help stabilize insulin levels. Other studies have shown that women who managed to lose weight had the severity of their PCOS symptoms significantly reduced.
A PCOS- friendly diet is based on fruits and veggies as well as whole grains and low-fat dairy products.  For optimal results, this diet should be combined with a regular physical activity.

Home Remedies

Naturally, those women who are suffering from PCOS and have difficulty conceiving try anything in order reverse the condition. Many have tried home remedies, a few of which have shown to be quite effective.
1. Cinnamon
Cinnamon is one of the spices which have been shown effective at fighting off some of the symptoms associated with PCOS. Aim at getting two teaspoons daily, whether as spice sprinkle on food or dissolved in a glass of warm water.
2. Flax Seed
Flax seed has the ability to balance the overproduction of male hormones in women affected by PCOS. It is packed with fiber as well, which reduces inflammation and serves as great supplement for those who are trying to balance their glucose levels.  To reap its benefits, aim at getting one or two tablespoons daily.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is effective in lowering the production of testosterone and regulating blood sugar levels.  The recommended dose is two tablespoons diluted in a glass of water, three times daily.  Feel free to combine it with a strong-tasting drink if you dislike its taste.