Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, better known as PCOS, is a hormonal disorder that affects more than one in ten women today. It is the reason why many women suffer from missed periods and excessive hair growth in some parts of their body. They also stand a chance to suffer long-term issues such as diabetes and heart diseases.
Even today, science has not been able to answer why a woman conceives a long-term lifestyle disorder like PCOS. Nor has it been able to devise a cure for it. However, what we know so far is how exactly this condition manifests itself in a woman. PCOS causes the formation of cysts on the ovaries, which happens because of an excess of hormones named androgens.
Given the lack of a permanent cure for this disease, there is not much hope for women who go through this disorder. However, this does not mean that their life is over. Or that there is absolutely nothing that they can do to keep themselves healthy. Instead of focusing on a cure for the overall situation, there is a need to work on the symptoms of PCOS. You can control them as far as they can be controlled.
Controlling PCOS through a healthy diet:
When diagnosed with PCOS, you should work on altering your diet before anything else. Your diet should be such that your weight can reduce and insulin resistance can improve. Ideally, you should be taking in a mix of complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and high protein.
Here are some main points about your PCOS diet that you should remember:
Add more fiber
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Your body is not able to process insulin effectively, which is why you need to give more fiber to your body. Foods like whole grains, veggies, nuts, seeds, and lentils can slow down the digestion process in the body. As a result, your body is able to fight insulin resistance in a better way. This also reduces the impact of sugar on the blood.
Add lean protein
As you tend to gain weight because of symptoms of PCOS, it is important to eat foods that fill you up for longer periods. In this way, you will be able to avoid snacking mindlessly and adding calories to your diet. Thus, make sure that you are including foods such as chicken, fish, and tofu in your diet.
Foods that reduce inflammation
As a result of PCOS, the body also undergoes inflammation. Foods like tomatoes, spinach, almonds, walnuts, fruits, whole grains, fish and olive oil have a positive impact on reducing inflammation in the body.
Add Omega 3 fatty acids
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Omega 3 fatty acids have been identified as a leading source of balancing hormones and balancing insulin levels in the body. Foods like nuts and seeds have an abundance of these.
Consume a low glycemic diet
Your diet should be low on the glycemic index. This is mainly because in a woman with PCOS, insulin levels and sugar levels tend to rise after eating. Eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help control the symptoms of PCOS.
A woman with PCOS should avoid processed foods, milk, simple and refined carbohydrates, soy and fat products, and caffeine and alcohol products. All of these foods contribute in some or the other way towards disturbing hormones in the body. They may worsen the situation and make your weight loss journey more troublesome.
Having been diagnosed with PCOS is not the end of the road. You can still regain control over your life and lead it in a better way. So, instead of cribbing about the downside of PCOS, cheer up and improve your symptoms with these handy tips.
Article Credits: Mitalee Mithal | New Delhi | India
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