Tuesday, 28 April 2015

PCOS: Problems and Solutions...


In my last post we discussed what is PCOS and what are the few problems that it can cause, i.e..
1. Inconsistent or no periods 
2. Inability to fall pregnant
3. Weird pains in abdominal or pelvis area
4. Weight gains (usually unexplained)
5. Facial hair etc...
But you should also know that the problems because of PCOS don't just end here... you can also have either or many of below:
  • Inability to ovulate (reason why you can't fall pregnant);
  • glucose intolerance (which is one of the major issues that PCOS can give and if not treated can result in diabetes); 
  • Severe dandruff; 
  • Thinning hair or bald patch on scalp; 
  • Facial/body hair; 
  • Oily skin; 
  • Acne or skin tags; 
  • Black patches on skin around neck, face, elbows, fingers etc;
  • Depression etc.
My aim here is not to scare you but just to inform you that if you are suffering from either of them and have PCOS then you should know the reason. And given your circumstances you should understand how soon you need to take steps to get this demon cured...
For me it was most of the above and worse was intolerable and blinding pains in right and left pelvis area. It was these pains that forced me to take necessary actions. 

Now I am not going to dwell more on why and how of this issue because I am sure all of us must have Google about it. Lets talk about what we can do.

Every doctor you will talk to will ask you to control your weight (PCOS has dramatic effect on weight gains, hence I am assuming but if you have not gained weight you are a one lucky girl!).
Weight control is very important because even if we lose 5% of existing weight it has serious positive impact but getting rid of that 5% is not that easy.
Doctors/Dieticians will ask you to go on diet, leave crabs etc. For short term it is good because when we do that we do lose weight but we cant live on diet and no-carbs forever and the moment we start again the weight doubles up. Also the hormone imbalance (like discussed in last post) in our body doesn't allow us to lose weight so easily. Hence the harder you will try the more disappointed and heart-broken you will be. Instead I would suggest doing following:
  • As 1st step get yourself checked for glucose intolerance. If you are glucose intolerant then immediately you need to work on that. The delay you make in getting this cured, the harder it will be and dangerous it will be for your body. I shall discuss this in upcoming posts...
  • Exercise at least 45 mins - 1 hour every day. You don't need to do any extensive workout, simple walk is good enough if it gets your heart pumping
  • Adopt yoga in your life. You need to gather that yoga doesn't mean doing only breathing exercise, it means a lot of movements. Start with basic steps and trust me the change you will notice in your body will be so refreshing that you will not want to leave it
  • Make sure you do pelvis exercise to keep your menstrual cycle regular. There are many pelvis exercises, even cycling, running are fine but personally I prefer butterfly exercise.
    • It is: sit straight with legs stretched. Then slowly fold your knees so that both your heels and toes are touching each other. Hold your toes in one hand and push them towards your body as much as you can and swing your knees up and down.
    • Start with 5 reps of 10 swings each, it will pain in initial days but in few days you will see benefits. Increase this gradually
    • It is also very good exercise if you have period pains
  • Eat everything but in control and small portions and at gap of 3-4 hours. If possible skip dinner and have a  glass of milk or protein shake or salad etc. If you cant skip dinner then make sure you dont go to bed for next 2 hours
  • Load up on vitamins like calcium, E, Magnesium, Omega3 etc.
  • And finally add 2 things in your diet:
    • Raw & Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (aka ACV)
    • Green tea
ACV or Apple Cider Vinegar is like holy-grail to me (or say Raam-Baand Ilaaz) that has truly helped me in overcoming this issue. Where I was suffering with severe PCOS, not able to lose weight etc. now I can feel I am getting better...

Green tea is another thing which is helping me lose fat... 

I will discuss more about these 2 things in coming posts but if you want to learn about them sooner you can drop me a message.

Till then.
Take care!

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