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Personalized PCOS Plan
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Receive some assistance with your PCOS journey and get a customized protocol including recommendations specifically for YOU. Everything from diet, natural supplements, medicinal herbs, homeopathic remedies, essential oils, exercise, lifestyle and whichever natural alternative that may be beneficially for you. Everything is fit to your specific needs. Get healthier and take control of your PCOS now! This Personalized PCOS Plan includes an Initial Assessment, a Food Journal Evaluation, aSupplement Protocol as well as a Meal Plan.
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What is PCOS?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), also known as Polycystic Ovarian Disease, is the name given to a metabolic and hormonal condition in which a woman has cystic ovaries, along with a pattern of other symptoms that reflect imbalances in the reproductive system and other hormones. It is possible to have polycystic ovaries without actually having true PCOS, or vice versa, PCOS without the ovarian cysts.
The body is a unified whole. A problem or dysfunction in one area causes dysfunction in other areas. PCOS is a disease that involves the whole body and it’s systems. It is important to address the root cause(s) and leading factors of the disease, not just the ovaries or other issues.
PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder occurring in women during their reproductive years. It’s thought that 4 to 10 percent of all women have the disorder. However, since many women don’t know they have PCOS or some aspect of it, the actual number probably exceeds 10 percent. PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility. Symptoms frequently start to show up before or soon after puberty.
PCOS presents a complex and baffling array of symptoms, consisting of some combination of the following symptoms that vary with each female:
- irregular, infrequent or absent period
- anovulation (no ovulation)
- acne, oily & inflamed skin
- obesity & inability to lose weight
- excessive body or facial hair: hirsutism (her-suh-tiz-um)
- mood swings & other mood disorders
- lower back or pelvic pain
- insulin resistance or diabetes
- fatigue & lack of energy
- carbohydrate cravings
- inability to focus/concentrate
- male pattern baldness or thinning hair
- hyperpigmented skin tags (acanthosis nigricans)
- high blood pressure
- polycystic ovaries (ovaries with many cysts that are 2-5 times larger than healthy ovaries)
- impaired lung function
- sleep apnea/difficulty sleeping
- fatty liver degeneration
- multiple hormone imbalances: Androgens (testosterone), Cortisol, Estrogens, FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), Insulin, LH (luteinizing hormone), Progesterone, Prolactin, Thyroid hormones
Causative and Aggravating Factors
There is disagreement and uncertainty as to what causes PCOS. Polycystic ovaries and polycystic ovarian syndrome have been associated with one or more of these factors:
- genetic predisposition
- insulin resistance or hyperinsulinism (high blood levels of insulin)
- obesity/mid-section weight gain
- hyperandrogenism (excessive production of male hormones)
- abnormality of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis (organ/hormonal disorder)
- environmental chemical pollution (hormonal disruptors)
- food adulteration
- chronic inflammation
- nutrient deficiency
- toxic overload
- hormones, pesticides and antibiotics (non-organic food)
- chronic stress and anxiety
- poor diet and lifestyle
- lack of exercise
Some of these causal factors may also be consequences of PCOS. In other words, we have an amazingly complex network of interacting variables, each of which influences the other. PCOS is NOT a simple disease with a single cause.
Sedentary people experience the worse symptoms as they tend to have more fat cells, which increases the effect of estrogen and prevents proper detoxification of the hormones. Regular exercise and stress management is crucial. Chronic stress and a sedentary lifestyle are known to make the condition worse by increasing blood sugar levels and further unbalancing the hormones. The emotional pattern of not being comfortable with ones femininity is common in PCOS individuals. The psychological aspect must be addressed.
A diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates raises blood sugar, which then increases insulin secretion as well as fat gain and other hormonal imbalances. Non-organic animal products and produce aggravate symptoms as they contain synthetic hormones, pesticides and antibiotics, which further disrupt the hormones. Nutritional deficiencies or excess toxins have a huge impact on the management and treatment of PCOS.
Long Term Complications
- cardiovascular disease
- pregnancy-associated disorders
- female cancers (endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer)
- seizure disorders
- insulin resistance or diabetes
- inflammatory factors
- reproductive abnormality
- gestational diabetes
- pregnancy-induced hypertension and preeclampsia
PCOS is a very complicated disease and can be very frustrating at times. But do not give up. There is hope! It is very well managed with an organic, natural whole food diet, natural supplements, medicinal herbs, homeopathic remedies, exercise and a balanced lifestyle along with other necessary holistic health modalities. But when it comes to this condition, a healthy PCOS diet is crucial.
While I do realize they may be useful for some women, I don’t normally like to promote any type of medication like oral contraceptives, anti-androgens, antibiotics, insulin-sensitizing agents like metformin or any other common medical treatments for PCOS. These may create a dependency. Drugs do not restore your health. They simply mask the symptoms of greater, underlying issues. Like all pharmaceutical products, they are normally accompanied with a long list of negative side effects that outweigh the benefits.
It is important to address the entire body as a whole, versus addressing the issue symptom by symptom. If we start at the root cause of the problem, all the symptoms will address themselves. The body has a unique power to heal itself. Like most other chronic health conditions, PCOS results from a complex web of inherited genetic susceptibility and controllable environmental factors including biochemical, nutritional, behavioral, and psychological factors.
I use a completely holistic and natural approach to identify and correct the controllable factors that cause or aggravate PCOS. There is a lot you can due to prevent or minimize PCOS, even if you were genetically predisposed to it. You can change how your genetic program is expressed, and minimize or possibly eliminate your PCOS and associated symptoms.
I know that a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle has a huge long-term impact on PCOS and its symptoms from my own personal experience. I myself suffer from the disease. I have had positive results.
To read my personal PCOS success story, click below:
Natural PCOS Program
Packed with useful information, meal plans, healthy recipes, supplement suggestions and much more, this PCOS program is based on holistic and natural methods that provide positive long term results!
I have some natural and holistic health solutions for your PCOS and associated symptoms! I can help you to…
- regulate your menstrual cycle
- decrease painful cramping
- eliminate PMS symptoms
- lose fat and build lean muscle
- enhance energy
- clear up acne
- reduce excessive body hair growth
- have soft and even skin tone
- increase your fertility
- decrease your risk of miscarriage
- alleviate depression
- decrease your risk of diabetes and heart disease
- eliminate your dependency for expensive medication
Natural Whole Foods and PCOS
- Consume whole, organic and natural foods as much as possible
- Reduce your intake of saturated, hydrogenated and trans fats. Have coconut oil, which has natural occurring saturated fat as well as many other health properties
- Drink 8-10 glasses of purified water daily along with herbal teas
- Avoid all additives, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, dyes, chemicals, pollutants, hormone disruptors, etc
- Use unrefined sea salt, spices and herbs to add flavoring to food
- Consume essential fatty acids daily (omega 3,6,9) such as fresh, raw nuts, seeds, unrefined vegetable oils (virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil, hempseed oil, macadamia oil, etc) and organic oily fish in moderation (including mackerel, mullet and salmon) and butter in moderation (instead of margarine)
- Limit or completely avoid caffeine and alcohol
- Ensure you consume quality protein with every main meal such as beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, nut milks and spreads, and if not a vegetarian, organic seafood, organic poultry, and organic dairy in moderation
- Avoid ALL white, refined table sugar on its own and hidden in foods, and replace it with raw, unrefined cane sugar in moderation, or other natural sweeteners such as raw honey, pure maple syrup, coconut sugar, agave nectar, xylitol (sugar alcohol) or my all time favorite sweetener…stevia; herbal sweetener that has no calories or effect on your blood sugar level
- Include phytoestrogen foods in your daily diet such as alfalfa, fermented soy products in moderation (miso, tempeh and natto), flaxseeds, sprouts, lentils and chickpeas (hummus is great). Phytoestrogens may help reduce an excess of bad estrogens by bypassing the estrogen binding mechanism
- Avoid all white, refined carbohydrates and opt for whole grains. Some women with PCOS have reported feeling better while also avoiding wheat (very genetically modified), and/or all gluten containing grains. Your body does not know how to use carbohydrates for energy when insulin resistance is present. Instead, it stores them as fat and leaves you feeling moody and irritable. Thus, limiting carbohydrate consumption is recommended for women with PCOS. Have low glycemic carbohydrates from fruits, vegetables, beans and legumes, and limit your grain consumption.
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