Natural Treatment for PCOS and Hormone Imbalance4 minute
By Vaishnavi Srivastava
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS is a disease that affects one in every 5 women across the globe. The disease doesn’t only affect the period cycle but also wreaks havoc on the hormones resulting in severe hormonal imbalance. PCOS is a disease that does not have any definite medication or treatment. Although there are certain ways such as hormone therapy, lifestyle changes, etc., that can prove to be of great help in controlling the symptoms of PCOS.
Talking about hormone therapy and medication, PCOS symptoms can also be managed and controlled with several natural supplements and treatments. It is always beneficial to ditch heavy medicines and switch to natural treatments in the case of PCOS.
Here are 10 ways to treat PCOS naturally.
1. Dietary changes
As it is said, we are what we eat. PCOS works on the exact same principles, if we are not taking the needed supplements and the required amounts of proteins and minerals, the symptoms of PCOS will be even worse. For someone suffering from PCOS, it is extremely important that the food that they eat is not only balanced but should also contain all the proteins, fibers, and everything that is needed to keep the imbalance of hormones at bay.
2. Practicing yoga
The benefits of yoga are not hidden from any one of us. Yoga is a natural healing process that not only works on our body but also our mind and soul. Including and practicing certain asanas that work wonders for keeping the hormones in place can help in maintaining and minimizing the symptoms of PCOS.
3. Increase iron intake
Certain women having PCOS experience heavy bleeding throughout their menstrual cycle. This can be alarming and can result either to anemia or iron deficiency. If this is the case, make sure to consult your gynae and take iron supplements. There are also certain natural sources of iron that can be included in your diet such as spinach, beetroot, broccoli, etc.
4. Cut down on white sugar
As mentioned earlier, in order to balance your hormone struggles, it is extremely important that you cut down on your intake of carbs. White sugar, white rice, etc., are a rich source of carbs. Hence, it is recommended to include brown sugar in your diet and to gradually avoid sugar completely.
5. Say no to Caffeine
Caffeine is present in beverages like tea and coffee. It disturbs the estrogen levels in our body and adds to the factors of hormone imbalance. It is advised to limit yourself to one small cup of tea or coffee a day if you cannot completely avoid it. Switching to herbal tea or green tea can be one of the best options to restrict caffeine from entering the body.
6. Include turmeric and cinnamon in your food
Turmeric is rich in anti-inflammatory properties and also has an active ingredient known as curcumin that proves to be helpful in PCOS. On the other hand, cinnamon works great in balancing your body’s insulin resistance and also helps in regulating blood sugar levels. Both of these spices, if used religiously, can show promising results.
7. Maintain your body weight
Maintaining your body weight doesn’t mean you have to get that zero figure. Weight gain is one of the most common symptoms of PCOS that can directly affect your menstrual cycle and can trigger hormonal imbalance as well. If you are following a good exercise routine, gradual weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight will help you in managing your blood sugar levels along with insulin spikes. Gradual weight loss by eating mindfully and consuming a low-calorie diet can also prove to be a very beneficial step towards minimizing PCOS symptoms.
8. Follow a good sleep schedule
PCOS tends to cause a lot of stress that in turn results in getting a lesser amount of sleep. This is a huge reason that leads to hormone imbalance and excess production of cortisol, a hormone that stimulates anxiety, stress, etc. This is why it is extremely important to follow a good and healthy sleep schedule.
PCOS is not a condition that only drains you physically. It takes a toll on your mental health as well. To make sure that your hormones are not going insane, you need to have a healthy mind. PCOS triggers a lot of stress, anxiety, and depression that, if not taken care of, can worsen the symptoms of this disease. This is why meditation plays a very instrumental role in keeping your mind healthy. It helps relieve stress that in turn will help in regulating hormones.
10. Take needed supplements
When your body is fighting with a disorder caused majorly by hormonal changes, there are a lot of chances of you suffering from several deficiencies such as omega acids, vitamins, etc. To ensure that you fulfill your body’s needs and provide an adequate amount of all these important nutrients, you need to take supplements. Supplements can be in the form of tablets and can be from natural sources as well.
So these were the top 10 ways you can manage and minimize your PCOS symptoms using natural treatments. If you are someone struggling with this problem, always remember one thing, you are not alone. Be brave and deal with whatever obstacles life throws your way.
Be patient and try these out to get promising results. Let us know in the comments below if you find this information helpful and we will come up with more such informative blogs for you!