The most common hormone condition in women of reproductive age. PCOS affects 20 percent of women and can interfere with fertility by blocking regular monthly ovulation. PCOS is characterised by insulin resistance and ovarian cysts.
What does this mean for someone who has PCOS?
Insulin resistance can cause weight gain as blood sugar levels become destabilised. Many people experience cravings because of this and find it hard to lose weight.
High insulin also leads to hormonal imbalance which in turn may lead to acne, lack of ovulation and unwanted hair growth.
Women with PCOS typically develop many small cysts on their ovaries resulting in a breakdown in ovulation which can cause fertility issues.
What can someone with PCOS do to support their health?
Symptoms can vary from one person to the next but there are lifestyle and nutrition changes that are effective in supporting the health of someone with PCOS. I will outline some of these here.
Manage stress: Stress can exacerbate symptoms of PCOS so noticing your stress levels and putting things in place to manage stress can be highly beneficial.
Eat low GI foods: These foods help to stabilise blood sugars which in turn support hormone balance.
Increase Fibre: Many women with PCOS have high testosterone levels. Fibre increases excretion of testosterone from the body.
Lower sugar intake: Sugar causes insulin to spike which drives high insulin, cravings and weight gain.
Optimise nutrition: Focus on nourishing whole foods and think of food as medicine.
Sarah Forristal is a Holistic Therapist who uses a combination of massage, reflexology and nutritional therapy to help women with hormonal issues.
A tailored treatment plan can be beneficial for someone with PCOS. Nutrition advice coupled with reflexology sessions can support stress levels and ensure the body is getting what it needs to balance hormone levels and manage symptoms.
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