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Optimizing Your Health with PCOS

PCOS, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, is a hormonal condition affecting millions of women. Doctors haven’t discovered the exact cause of PCOS, but recent research is uncovering some intriguing connections that could help us manage it better, potentially even reversing the effects of PCOS. 

Let’s dive deeper into these connections, explore natural ways to address and manage your PCOS as well as uncover the link between low triglycerides, liver function, and alkaline phosphatase. You have options, and we’re here to empower you to take control of your journey.

What is PCOS

Normally, your ovaries produce eggs and hormones that regulate your cycle and other bodily functions. In those with PCOS, small-fluid filled cysts develop on the outer edge of your ovaries, sending your hormone production into chaos. This can lead to unwanted changes such as irregular periods, excessive body hair (hirsutism), even increased acne breakouts. 

The New Connections

Low Triglycerides and PCOS

Many women living with PCOS are insulin resistant, which makes it difficult to maintain healthy blood glucose levels. Low triglyceride levels (a type of fat in your blood)  may contribute to hormonal imbalances, impacting reproductive health.

Boosting healthy fats into your diet, such as avocados, nuts, and olive oil, can be beneficial. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish like salmon may also play a role in balancing your body’s fat levels.

Liver Function and PCOS

Your liver plays a crucial role in balancing hormones. Impaired liver function can disrupt this intricate balance, potentially worsening PCOS symptoms. Research found that women with PCOS typically have a buildup of fat in the liver, which can lead to serious issues later on.

Adopt a liver-friendly diet, including detoxifying foods like cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower), and reduce processed foods and alcohol. Weight loss can also significantly improve liver function by reducing inflammation and fat build-up

Low Alkaline Phosphatase and PCOS

Produced mainly by the liver, alkaline phosphatase is an enzyme that helps the body process certain minerals. Low levels may indicate liver dysfunction and have been linked to PCOS.

Adequate intake of vitamin D and calcium are both essential for bone health and enzyme production. Sun exposure and dietary sources like dairy and leafy greens can help you reach these goals.

Natural Solutions for Liver Function, Stress, and Reversal

Living with PCOS can be overwhelming, but there are effective ways to manage your symptoms and improve your overall well-being. 

Chronic stress can worsen PCOS symptoms. Studies have shown mind-body practices like yoga and meditation are powerful tools for stress management. Regularly incorporating these techniques with exercise can lead to lower cortisol levels, as well as improvement of insulin sensitivity, another factor in successful PCOS management.

Dietary changes also play a significant role in managing PCOS symptoms. Adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet that is rich in fiber can aid in regulating insulin resistance and hormonal imbalances associated with PCOS. Herbal supplements like chasteberry and spearmint tea may help manage symptoms by influencing hormone levels.

Weight management is another tool that can drastically improve your PCOS symptoms. Losing just 5% of your body weight can make a huge difference by lowering insulin, androgen, and blood sugar levels. 

Vitamin D and calcium are essential for bone health and enzyme production. Ensuring you are getting adequate amounts of each, whether it be sun exposure or other dietary supplements like dairy products and dark leafy greens will help you reach these daily requirements.

These natural approaches can all be beneficial, but working with a trusted healthcare professional is crucial. They can guide you through the options to manage your PCOS symptoms effectively and naturally.

PCOS is not the end

Living with PCOS can feel overwhelming, but understanding the connections within your body and embracing natural approaches can empower you to take charge of your PCOS and optimize your life. Successful management involves incorporating multiple approaches, but it is always best to consult with your doctor before incorporating these strategies. 

There is no one-size-fits-all solution for PCOS, but there is a path to empowerment and control. We understand every woman’s journey with PCOS is unique. That’s why we offer personalized consultations to address the root cause of your PCOS and develop a plan that works for YOU.

Ready to take charge of your well-being? Schedule a consultation today.

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