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Dealing with PCOS can be an overwhelming task but these steps do help to make you feel better.
Taking smart steps when dealing with PCOS not only makes you feel and look better physically but also boosts your confidence.
Poly (many/multiple) cystic Ovarian Syndrome commonly known as PCOS, is a reproductive disorder in women. It is a major cause of infertility, although that is certainly not the sole reason to worry about it.
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Why does it happen? Well, put simply, it is a condition in which the ovaries a) contain many small cysts, b) become enlarged and c) comprise of many fluid-filled sacs (follicles) that surround the eggs. This causes imbalance of the hormones and higher levels of male hormones (‘androgens’) are produced.
Worse are the side effects! Acne, weight gain, abnormal periods and excessive facial hair are just some – not only difficult to control, but also resulting in lack of confidence while in public.
Plus, given that there is so much pressure on young women to look thin, being overweight can lead to feeling bad about yourself too. (Since women with PCOS have higher levels of the hormone insulin in their blood, Insulin can also make your body store fat.) If you are overweight, eating right, exercising and lifestyle changes are great ways to keep control on weight that can help you to get back your regular cycle.
Do not stress yourself and believe that you can you live better with PCOS.
Here are 5 better ways to feel better, in spite of having PCOS:
Opt for high-fiber grains; whole wheat bread and brown rice could be healthier choices than white bread and white rice.
Choose a diet low in carbohydrates and refined sugars – to balance insulin levels.
Avoid stimulants such as coffee that leads to a rise in insulin production. It has also been found that alcohol and smoking can have negative effects on your body.
Generally, fat-free treats have plenty of added sugar. Make sure to check the ingredients and their percentages before buying, they may contain more sugar.
Vegetables and fruits are good as they are high in fiber and packed with vitamins and minerals.
Recent research reveals that optimum levels of Vitamin D could prove to improve your mood and keep a check on insulin levels. Taking supplements on discussing with your GP could also be beneficial.
Everyone should exercise, but especially women with PCOS must fit some form of exercise into their daily routine. This could be anything, from a short, brisk walk, to a game that you like, yoga, swimming or – going to the gym if that works for you. Exercise helps to improve your metabolism and also to control insulin levels. A little walk out there in the sunshine will boost up your vitamin D levels too. Besides, plenty of research shows that exercising makes you feel happier.
Along with changes in lifestyle and diet, monitoring the changes within your body and getting regularly physically examined will help you stay healthy and make you feel better. Women with PCOS have a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol. A regular visit to your GP and Gynaecologist is a good idea.
Women with PCOS experience bouts of emotional frustrations leadin to depression and mood swings. Whether dealing with weight issues or having difficulty conceiving, PCOS can significantly affect your emotional well-being. Catching up with a friend, watching your favourite movie, going on a walk, listening to music or indulging into something else that you really enjoy will make you feel a lot calmer. It is important to feel good from within.
Maintaining a positive attitude in every aspect of life is crucial. Realise your dreams, set small goals and targets, be positive and create opportunities for yourself. Being with like-minded people or support groups can bring in a lot of positivity in your life. Having PCOS is not the end of the world, there is much more to life. Live your life with a positive attitude.
In short, healthier habits and routines and keeping yourself motivated to live a healthy and stress-free lifestyle is the key to dealing with PCOS.
And importantly, do not forget to live your life.
This post is supported by Hormonice by Reeveda, a nutraceutical product that helps you manage PCOS.
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