Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a common problem in women leading to irregular or no menstruation.
PCOS affects a woman’s hormone levels, leading to the production of higher-than-normal amounts of male hormones. Hormone imbalance leads to skipping menstrual cycles making pregnancy harder. Some common symptoms include hair loss, depression, acne.
Diet affects PCOS in two ways:
1. Weight management
2. Insulin production and resistance.
Diet essentials for PCOS
- Low Glycemic index diet: A body with a low Glycemic index digests foods slowly, letting insulin levels be balanced to a large extent. It includes whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, starchy vegetables, and other low-carbohydrate foods.
- Anti-inflammatory diet: Foods including green vegetables, berries, fatty fish, and extra virgin olive oil helps to reduce inflammation issues leading to fatigue.
- The DASH diet: Fish, poultry, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products, is recommended mostly to reduce the risk of heart disease. It also comes in handy to manage PCOS symptoms. Sugar intake is disregarded.
Foods to avoid
- Refined carbohydrates
- Fried food and fast food.
- Sugary beverages, sodas, and energy drinks.
- Avoid all types of Processed Foods including processed meats, sausages, and luncheon meats.
- Solid fats, including margarine, shortening, and lard.
- The increased amount of red meat.
Tips to follow:
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- Drink water frequently. Flavor it up with refreshing citrus, cucumber, mint, or berries.
- Increase the amount of fiber in the diet.
- Say no to artificial food chemicals.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking.
- A balanced diet should be a priority. Make conscious healthy diet choices.