Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). a common condition among women of child-bearing age, is where the estrogen and progesterone hormone levels are out of balance. This causes cysts on a woman’s ovaries leading to issues with the menstrual cycle, fertility, outward appearance and potentially cardiac function.
1. Increase Protein and Reduce Carbs, Especially Simple Carbs
An over production of the hormone androgen is linked to excess insulin. Insulin converts starch and sugar into energy. A high carb diet increases the production of insulin. Higher dietary fiber levels reduces the spike in insulin levels, promotes healthy estrogne metabolism which helps lower androgen levels. So avoid simple carbs like bread, pasta, cakes, processed and fast food and sweets.
2. Detoxify Your Food Intake
BPA and other endocrine disrupting chemicals in plastic wrap that contaminate food are linked to PCOS.
Also avoid non-organic meat sources that have been fed growth hormones (estrogen).
It improves insulin sensitvity – weight and strength training even more than cardio or aerobic exercise. Don’t overdo it and tax the adrenals, 30 minutes a day, five times a week is good – more, not so much.
4. Ease up on the Caffeine
Coffee, strong teas and chocolate. 4-5 cups of coffee a day during the follicular phase of a menstrual cycle produces 70% more estrogen. This does nothing to maintain hormone balance!