I talk a lot about diet and food when dealing with PCOS as this is a major part of naturally treating the condition. A Polycystic Ovary Syndrome diet can be a complex thing for many women to grasp though. As such I wanted to talk a little more in depth about a few aspects of PCOS and food.
Maintaining good levels of protein is very important. Protein helps your body do a few things such as:
Building and repairing body tissues.
Producing enzymes, hormones, and other substances the body uses.
Regulating your body processes, such as transporting nutrients, and making muscles contract.
Keeps the body healthy by resisting diseases
Produces stamina and energy.
Some of these are more important than others in combating PCOS but the bottom line is protein is very helpful and sometimes when we go on diets to lose weight (which is needed to stop PCOS) we forget about protein.
Try to get your protein from sources that are low in fat however including chicken, fish, low fat cheese and soy.
Speaking of fats, not all fast are bad. We are often led to believe that all fats are some sort of evil designed to make us expand like balloons but the truth is more complex.
You may have heard of essential fatty acids or omega 3 fats which are actually very good for you. These fats can be found in fish primarily such as mackerel, salmon and sardines. These are fats you want more of.
The worst sorts of fats however are called trans-fats. These are chemically “changed” fats that have a very bad reputation among nutritionists. Products such as margarine are trans-fatty for instance and have had many studies linking them with diabetes. This should make those with insulin resistance and PCOS take note. Check on the ingredients labels of foods and if they have partially hydrogenated on it then try to avoid them as much as possible.
Carbs are essential to give you energy you need to do basically everything! However carbs are good for you or bad for you depending on the TYPE of carbohydrate. For those that might not be up to speed on this a quick rundown is as follows.
- Complex carbs are found in unrefined foods usually and take longer to digest and thus release sugars into the body slowly. This helps your body cope with blood sugar levels and makes your insulin resistance less problematic.
- Simple Carbs are the opposite. They are digested quickly and send your blood sugar through the rood very quickly provoking a response for insulin in your body which floods the hormone pathways creating the imbalances that cause PCOS symptoms.
So if people tell you to go on a low carb diet they are not totally informed of the whole picture. Make sure you eat complex carbs and cut out the simple carbs and you will manage your blood sugar levels better and it will help you lose weight as well.
All of this and more is outlined in the recommended book on this site: Natural Ovarian Cysts Relief Secrets
However another publication that deals with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Diet help can be found on amazon here:
This is quite a good book too actually but I feel its total focus on diet does not cover the entire holistic approach needed to get rid of PCOS for good.