Living your best life with PCOS
Being diagnosed with PCOS (PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome) or dealing with PCOS like symptoms can affect you physically, mentally and emotionally. But, it does not need to feel this way. Changing up your lifestyle choices can make all the difference for a happy, healthy and productive life!
There is no cure for the PCOS but a life long commitment to healthy eating, exercise, a small mental adjustment and taking the proper PCOS supplements will give you all the control you need to thrive!
1. Sleep is your superpower
Sleep. More than 8 hours per night if you can! Your body needs the time in the sleep state to repair and this is all the more critical with PCOS.
- Lack of sleep increases insulin (increasing fat storage) and sugar levels, high blood pressure, diabetes, risk of heart attack and/or heart failure.
- Adequate sleep increases your immune system, reduces stress, decreases inflammation and improves mood swings.
2. Reduce your stress levels
Stress is a part of life and certain amounts of stress have been proven to be good for you. Although high levels of cortisol can prove to be disastrous for PCOS among other conditions, therefore its crucial to learn how to handle stress better. Meditation, yoga, keeping a journal, exercise and breathing techniques are all wonderful ways to help us get a handle on stress. When we are constantly under stress and handle it poorly, our body creates sequences of nerve cells firing and this releases chemicals such as adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol, known the 3 major stress hormones, into our bloodstream.
The pituitary gland is central to the stress circuit; the brain region called the hypothalamus stimulates the pituitary gland to secrete adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) in response to stress, as a result, it stimulates the adrenals to produce cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline, these are hormones that wreck havoc to an already unbalanced hormone system. ACTH also stimulates the production of the adrenal androgen hormones, and as a result, raises the male hormone levels in your body, which worsens PCOS symptoms. Keep in mind, some women can also develop “adrenal PCOS” that causes symptoms similar to ovarian cyst-driven PCOS.
3. Avoid Dairy and sugar
Milk contains an abundance of IGF-1, which is a growth hormone. Too much causes inflammation and insulin spikes, which causes the liver to produce even more growth hormone. Excess IGF-1 may lead to increased risk of diabetes and increased triglycerides. Dairy can also cause your skin to produce more sebum or excess oil leading to clogged pores and acne. Sugar and sugar-containing foods worsen PCOS symptoms and insulin resistance. Read our full post on: Diet, sugar and PCOS
4. Use natural PCOS Supplements
Commit to a natural comprehensive PCOS supplement. Taking Life Source’s PCOS Support assists with balancing hormones naturally using powerful ingredients in therapeutic doses. Reducing the production of estrogens and androgens and improving progesterone levels as well as assisting with insulin resistance and inflammation. This helps ovulation, brings down the body’s acidity levels, reduces scalp hair loss, acne, unwanted hair growth (chest, back, neck, stomach) fatigue, cravings, anxiety, moodiness, water retention and body pain.
5. Change your mindset.
Being diagnosed with PCOS can be daunting, but remember… you are in control! Where your mind goes, your body follows. Negative thinking and negative self talk is one of the sure ways to not only cause stress but also hinder your physical, mental and emotional path to healing. Our belief systems are ultimately our compass through life which shapes our thinking, our inner dialog and ultimately our actions. Its not the events that shape our lives, but our beliefs as to what those events mean. Most of us have never evaluated our belief systems, sorting through our reasons or challenging them. Many of our beliefs were passed down to us, either through our families, teachers, friends and society. Some are important and valuable, while others are disempowering and destructive. Its important to do some self searching and highlight the parts of your belief system that does not serve you or your healing.
Positive affirmations everyday can have a wonderful effect on your journey to balance and harmony.
‘As he thinketh in his heart, so he is’ – Proverbs 23:7