What is PCOS? How can i control it?

4 years ago
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First of all What is PCOS?

Pcos is not really a reproductive disease as it seems. It is a disease of the endocrine system.  Some of the symptoms of pcos include; Excessive weight gain (usually starting in early 20s, hirsutism(facial hair growth), acne, amennorrhea (irregular periods), pain, and can also include night sweats, moodiness, excessive tiredness, thyroid issues, diabetes.. really the list can go on for a while. 

As for food to help control pcos, Neither low carb diets or high fat diets are good for pcos. Insuline resistance is a concern for us with pcos, so a diet low in sugar is really great. About 6 teaspoons of sugar a day is what most woman can tolerate, however, with pcos cutting that down to just 4 teaspoons a day can be very beneficial. Honestly I probably eat about 3 or 4 on a normal day but I do have days I cheat and have a sugary snack. 

It is best to avoid processed and fried foods as much as possible. Eat as clean as possible (include fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and lean protien). Eat more complex carbs, like quinoa, oatmeal, and other high fiber antioxidant foods. AVOID simple carbs like potatoes, white rice, white sugar, and pasta. 

Here is a handy link on coconut oil and its uses https://www.physicianspreference.com/Top-25-Reasons-To-Use-Coconut-Oil.html

Here is a handy link on cutting processed foods the easy wayhttp://colombod2.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/steps-to-cut-out-processed-foods/

More to come ......

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