Natural care for PCOS, including dietary changes, herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies, whole food supplements and lifestyle changes, can provide profound changes for women suffering from symptoms such as weight gain, excess hair growth, acne, irregular periods and infertility.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormone disorder characterized by the accumulation of what appears to be numerous fluid-filled cysts on the ovaries. These cysts develop over time as the ova (eggs) fail to mature, then release during the menstrual cycle. This causes multiple immature ova to be visible on ultrasound, which are mistakenly called cysts.
Over the past decade our understanding of how blood sugar imbalances, such as insulin resistance, are related to PCOS has changed the way this hormone disorder is addressed. Additionally, in our office we are seeing an increase in chemical toxicity as a component in PCOS. Natural care for PCOS can address the root causes of this difficult condition. Time and time again women witness excellent results in our office with women suffering from PCOS when they follow Naturopathic modalities.
Lose Weight & Improve Fertility
One thing is for certain, making changes to your diet is essential to address the underlying causes of PCOS whether it is insulin resistance, chemical toxicity or any other cause such as candida or bacterial issues. After the proper changes are made you will be on your way to losing excess weight, removing the toxins interfering with optimal health and improve the chances of falling pregnant.
Studies show a direct connection between healthy weight loss and increased fertility, one study even found that 11 out of 12 women who had been overweight and not ovulating conceived naturally after losing weight.
As women with PCOS lose weight, hormone levels often start to return to normal. Testosterone levels fall, insulin levels go down, sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) levels go up and the symptoms of PCOS start to diminish. Women also report significant improvements in the growth of excess hair and skin tone. Weight loss can have a remarkable effect on ovarian function.
Natural Care for PCOS Reduce Chance Of Miscarriage
In general, women with high levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) in the first half of their menstrual cycle seem to have a greater risk of miscarriage. However, a study found that the rate of miscarriage dropped from 75% to 18% in women with PCOS who changed their diets and lost weight.
Diet is a major factor when looking at natural treatments for PCOS!
What Is The Best Diet For PCOS?
A balanced diet using whole foods which stabilize your blood sugar levels is the key. Banishing sugary food is especially important. Foods containing too much sugar cause rapid spikes in your blood sugar levels, placing unnecessary stress on your body. Over time this leads to the development of insulin resistance syndrome.
Insulin Resistance Syndrome is condition marked by poor blood sugar control and weight gain. Insulin resistance is often an underlying problem in women suffering PCOS, even when they are not overweight. When the body is insulin resistant, it simply does not remember how to use carbohydrates for energy. It will often only store them as fat.
Additionally, today we are exposed to an abundance of harmful toxins that negatively affect ovarian health; from fertilizers, pesticides, make-up, household cleaners, plastics, food additives, car exhaust, environmental pollutants and everything in-between. By incorporating natural lifestyle measures including decreasing our expose (when possible) to these chemicals, including the proper detoxification foods, avoiding the anti-detoxification foods and nourishing your detoxification organs such as your liver, kidneys, lymphatics, lungs and gallbladders you can give your ovaries the building blocks they need to restore optimal functioning.
Here are a few basic tips:
- Eat according to your blood type.
- Balance low GI carbohydrates with adequate protein
- Include phytoestrogens in your diet.
- Buy organic foods whenever possible.
- Reduce your intake of saturated fats
- Avoid hydrogenated vegetable oils, trans fats and fried fats.
- Limit or avoid dairy.
- Drink ½ to 1/3 of your body weight in ounces of water every day
- Avoid additives, preservatives and food chemicals such as artificial sweeteners.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Avoid sugar on its own and hidden in foods.
- Include essential fatty acids in your diet such as fish oil, alive oil, walnut oil, almond oil and flaxseeds.
Other Natural Modalities for PCOS
- Lymphatic drainage may be helpful to reduce congestion. Try massage, skin brushing and exercise such as rebounding.
- Try castor oil packs and flaxseed packs for pain relief.
- Homoeopathic medicines, herbal medicines and whole food supplements – Dr. Carolyn will recommend the most appropriate remedies for you.
- Acupuncture is helpful for PCOS, Some acupuncture points are used to move blood, break up stagnation and stop pain.
- Aromatherapy can assist and support the reproductive system, and gently contribute to rebalancing your hormones. Ask one of our Trinity Holistic Wellness Assistants for expert guidance.