5 things that can help to improve PCOS symptoms
PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. It is a health condition that affects 7 - 13% of women. The exact cause of PCOS is not fully understood, but it often runs in families.
PCOS is related to abnormal hormone levels in the body, including insulin, a hormone that controls sugar levels in the body.
Many women with PCOS are resistant to the action of insulin in their body and produce higher levels of insulin to overcome this.
This contributes to the increased production, and activity of hormones like testosterone.
The most common symptoms of PCOS are:
Irregular Periods - Irregular menstrual cycles or even the absence of periods is a distinctive symptom.
Excess hair growth - Excessive hair growth on the face, chest, back, or other areas is a very common symptom, caused by the increase of testosterone.
Acne and oily skin - Hormonal imbalances can lead to acne and overly oily skin.
Weight Gain - Many individuals with PCOS struggle with weight gain or obesity.
Fertility Issues - PCOS is a leading cause of infertility due to irregular ovulation or lack of ovulation.
Polycystic Ovaries - On ultrasound, the ovaries may appear enlarged and contain small, fluid-filled cysts.
Whilst there is no cure for PCOS, these five tips may help to alleviate its symptoms:
1) Eat a high protein breakfast - this can help to stabilise, and improve your blood sugar levels throughout the day
2) Drink 2 cups of spearmint tea daily - there are small .studies that suggest that spearmint can help to reduce high testosterone levels. Our Over The Moon tea contains spearmint, and natural herbs and botanicals, all carefully selected to support your body through its monthly cycle.
3) Eat cruciferous vegetables - they are high in fibre, and help to combat insulin resistance by slowing down digestion, and reducing the effect of sugar on the blood.
4) Get to bed earlier - having more or improved sleep can help to stabilise your cortisol pattern.
5) Try to walk 3000 - 5000 steps daily - being more active can help to improve blood sugar levels, and insulin sensitivity.
Understanding the symptoms of PCOS, and seeking appropriate medical care, and lifestyle adjustments, can significantly improve your quality of life. If you suspect you have PCOS or are experiencing symptoms, it is crucial to consult a healthcare professional for diagnosis and guidance.