Polycystic ovary syndrome, also known as PCOS, is a hormonal condition caused due to an increase of androgens (i.e. male hormones) in females. The signs and symptoms of PCOS include irregular periods, excess body and facial hair and increase in weight, amongst many others.
Although PCOS cannot really be cured, it effects can certainly be mitigated.
The best and perhaps the only effective way to deal with PCOS, is by finding out exactly which aspect of your lifestyle is it that needs correcting, and then changing it accordingly.
We do agree though that suddenly changing your lifestyle will not be easy, which is why we suggest that start slow, but without delay!
Here are 5 lifestyle changes that can help you fight PCOS and lead a healthier and much happier life!
- #1 Say goodbye to processed foods!
- #2 Drink lots and lots of water!
- #3 Work out Daily!
- #4 Replace coffee and tea with green tea!
- #5 Relax!
#1 Say goodbye to processed foods!
Processed and oily food is a big no-no if you are suffering from PCOS. Switch over to unprocessed and whole foods as soon as you can. Food in its natural, unaltered form, especially with a lot of fiber in it, helps to lowers the male hormones. Also, maintain a proper balance of proteins and carbohydrates in your daily intake of food.
#2 Drink lots and lots of water!
Keeping yourself hydrated all the time is the key to a fit and healthy lifestyle. Say no to aerated drinks and alcohol, and drink more of water, natural juices, and coconut water instead.
#3 Work out Daily!
Doing any sort of physical activity for at least 50 minutes daily helps you stay fit and healthy. A lot of toxins are released from your body while you are working out, cleansing your system in the process. It keeps you in good shape, de-stresses you and helps preserve the overall hormonal balance of your body.
#4 Replace coffee and tea with green tea!
Tea and coffee are stimulants that have a drug-like effect on our body. And although they are harmless in moderate measure for others, they have quite a negative impact on women with PCOS and can further worsen their condition. You can always have green tea instead, as it is great for your immune system and your body.
Taking too much stress can aggravate the symptoms of PCOS and further disturb your hormonal balance. Indulging in de-stressing activities like yoga and meditation can help calm you down. Take out some “me time” daily, in order to calm your mind and help your body relax.