Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (also known as PCOS) is an endocrine issue affecting many women today. From hormonal imbalances, to insulin sensitivity, and the formation of cysts on the ovaries, PCOS can lead to very problematic and uncomfortable circumstances for women.
Working with a practitioner who can guide you on the proper diet specific for your needs and take a deeper look into your health history can be of great benefit, however, there are many foods women can include in their diets that can help to balance their hormones, and help them reclaim their vitality while suffering with PCOS.
Here are my top 7 food suggestions for PCOS:
1. Lentils – High in protein and fiber, lentils are great for balancing out blood sugar. Being that insulin sensitivity can play a vital role in PCOS, eating quality protein is ideal for helping balance insulin and blood sugar levels.
2. Coconut Oil – An incredibly rich source of quality fat, coconut oil is amazing for balancing hormones. Our hormones are made up of fat, so it is essential to eat quality fat sources to keep our hormones functioning optimally.
3. Chia – You get the benefits of both fiber and fat with this amazing seed. Fiber is so essential to women’s health as it helps bind to toxins and flush them out of our system through our bowels. This helps to eliminate certain wastes that can have a detrimental effect on hormonal health.
4. Sweet Potato – High in beta carotene and lower on the glycemic index, sweet potatoes won’t spike your blood sugar like other carbohydrates sources will, such as breads or pasta.
5. Avocados – Another great source of healthy fats, avocados help support hormonal imbalances and are also high in Vitamin E, a potent antioxidant, which is great for skin health.
6. Cacao – A superfood that is incredibly high in magnesium. Magnesium helps to balance insulin levels, and is also involved in over 300 detoxification processes in the body. Cacao will also provide you with a ton of antioxidants needed for optimal cellular health.
7. Sunflower Seeds – Sunflower seeds are high in selenium, a trace mineral that is essential for liver detoxification, which aids in many many other functions including hormone regulation. They can be eaten during the second stage of a woman’s monthly cycle to help balance the hormones estrogen and progesterone over time.
Be sure to choose organic as much as possible, and eat a balanced diet full of healthy fats, protein and low glycemic carbohydrates. This will help to balance insulin levels effectively, plus play a vital role in supporting your hormones.
Samantha graduated as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition; is a Hatha Yoga Instructor, Qualitarian Pioneer & holds a Bachelor Degree in World Religion and Arts.