1 in every 3 women is suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome . Yes, I am talking about PCOD/PCOS.
It’s an hormonal imbalance and metabolism disorder among women of reproductive age with irregular menstrual cycle, acne, thinning hair and weight gain. It is a lifestyle disorder which can lead to diabetes, heart disease, infertility, depression, hypertension, gestational diabetes. But it can be tackled well by making healthy lifestyle choices.
PCOD or Polycystic Ovarian Disease, as the name suggests is a medical condition in which clusters of small sized cysts are formed in the ovaries. These cysts are fluid filled and contain immature eggs. This disease usually occurs in the reproductive age of women , due to the hormonal imbalance.
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What are the major causes of PCOS?
Too much stress
Irregular working schedule
No Fixed meals Time
Eating more processed and junk food
Lack of physical activity
Inadequate sleep or irregular sleep patterns
How to manage it with a lifestyle change?
Switch to a healthy and balanced diet. Emphasis on home made food should be given , cutting down on processed and ready to eat food
Eat every 3 hours
Increase healthy fats intake like dry fruits, flaxseeds , sunflower seeds etc
Do any kind of physical activity, be it walking, jogging , dancing , yoga etc
Add turmeric tea in your daily diet as it is loaded with anti-inflammatory properties and can help manage PCOD
Cinnamon improves metabolism and help you regulate menstrual cycle
Zinc is beneficial for reproductive system and help you control abnormal hair growth. Zinc is found in whole grains , eggs , nuts , fish and legumes
Have a diet low in GI which improves insulin level
Make good quality protein like eggs , pulses , low fat cheese , legumes , lean meat a part of your daily diet
Avoid milk products, refined flour, artificial sweeteners, excess salt and processed foods completely
Keep yourself hydrated. Drink at least 2-3 litres of water every day
AVOID These Nine Dirty Foods that can worsen the PCOD / PCOS Condition?
High Glycemic Index foods
White Flour & White Rice
If you follow all the above guidelines, keep the stress away, sleep well, eat well, PCOD will get cured to a great extent. Even a 10 percent loss in body weight can restore a normal period and make your cycle more regular. Though PCOD cannot be cured completely, but making some changes in your diet and regular exercise can be very helpful in managing the PCOD symptoms.
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