PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome, is a hormonal disorder in women, which can affect 5 to 20 percent of women of childbearing age. Luckily, there are natural remedies that can help you regulate the hormonal imbalance, including dietary changes and stress management.
Natural ways to treat this syndrome:
- A nutrient-dense diet
A diet that is rich in nutrients, is essential for the proper balance of the hormones in the human body. This means that you need to focus on foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts and healthy fats and foods that contain anti-inflammatory properties.
- Reduce stress
Stress can hugely impact the endocrine system, which means that you need to find a way to lower your stress. You can always try working out, yoga, meditation, reading, walking in nature etc.
What is more, adaptogen herbs can help you reduce stress and some of these herbs are maca root, ashwagandha, and holy basil. These herbs can regulate the levels of your cholesterol, boost the thyroid function and treat anxiety and depression.
- You need to avoid exposure to endocrine disruptors
These disruptors are essentially chemicals which can affect the hormonal balance in your body, by affecting and influencing their release, transport, production, elimination or metabolism.
They can mimic the naturally occurring hormones, particularly estrogen, and can cause an underproduction or overproduction of real hormones. This means that you need to avoid using (or not using so much) skin care products, non-organic produce, and dry-cleaning chemicals.
- Lose weight
Losing weight will lower the occurrence of irregular periods, and it will lower the symptoms of insulin resistance. Obesity will only aggravate the PCOS symptoms, and weight loss will regulate menstruation, promote fertility, and improve the tolerance of glucose.
There was a trial conducted by the Penn State College of Medicine, where women that were suffering from PCOS, underwent lifestyle adjustments like restricted caloric intake, and regular workout. All of the women experienced a significant weight loss.
What is more, they also avoided the occurrence of metabolic syndrome, in the group that used only birth control to treat this condition. During the time that the study lasted for, 26% of the women achieved live births.
- Chiropractic care
Chiropractors can help women that are suffering from PCOS, and according to the studies, acupuncture can increase the blood flow to the ovaries, reduces the ovarian volume and can lower the number of ovarian cysts.
These are natural methods that can balance your hormones and are extremely effective. They can also cure PCOS symptoms in a very short period of time.
- Get enough sleep
This one is vital when it comes to the treatment of this medical condition, because of the fact that it manages weight, cell regeneration, hormone production and lowers stress.
According to a review that was published in Human Reproduction, sleep disturbances were twice as common in women that have PCOS, compared to the women that do not have this problem. This is why you need to make sure that you sleep anywhere from 7 to 9 hours every night.
Excessive exercises can make women more prone to hormonal changes, which include irregular periods. This means that you need to practice regularly, but moderately.
- Supplement with Inositol
PCOS is treated with the help of a very effective and natural treatment. We are talking about Inositol, which is essentially a sugar alcohol compound that can be found in beans, nuts, grains, and fruits.
It regulates the triglycerides and high blood pressure, and it also improves the resistance of insulin. It also promotes fertility by supporting ovulation.