Did you know? Around one in ten women all over the world suffer from PCOS. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that is characterised by the development of multiple small cysts in the ovaries, leading to hormonal imbalance. It can cause a range of symptoms like weight gain, acne, excessive hair growth on the face, diabetes, and infertility. While many women resort to medication, there are many natural ways to manage the symptoms and keep PCOS under control. And by natural methods, we obviously mean diet. But first, let's take a look at the causes and symptoms of PCOS.
What is the main cause of PCOS?
PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, is a condition whose exact cause remains unknown, although genetics are believed to play a role. Obesity and other factors have also been identified as contributing to the development of PCOS. High levels of androgens, or male hormones, in particular, can disrupt the regular release of eggs from the ovaries, leading to irregular menstrual cycles.
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What Are The Symptoms Of PCOS?
PCOS symptoms may comprise:
- Irregular menstrual cycles, missed periods, or very light periods
- Large ovaries or ovaries with multiple cysts
- Excessive hair growth on chest, stomach, and back (hirsutism)
- Weight gain, particularly around the abdomen
- Oily skin or acne
- Skin tags, which are small excess skin pieces on the neck or armpits
- Dark or thick skin patches on the back of the neck, in the armpits, and under the breasts
Which Diet Is Best For PCOS?
Nutrition expert Dr Shalini Singhal tells us that "PCOS often comes with insulin resistance, so a diabetic-friendly diet can work wonders to manage PCOS. We usually suggest the same diet to women with PCOS that we would give to a diabetic." Another tip to plan a PCOS diet is to include weight loss-friendly foods. Optimal weight has been proven to reduce the effects of hormonal imbalance as well.
To help you further, dietitian Preeti Gupta revealed one simple daily routine you all can adopt to manage PCOS. She shared the recipe for a detox drink that you can drink every morning to lead a healthy life. "This drink is natural and benefits women having PCOS in various ways, including regulating menstrual cycles, reducing bloating and providing the necessary nutrients."
What Is The Best Drink For PCOS?
Although there are many drinks, juices and teas that are considered good for the PCOD diet, this tea is one of the most effective and natural ways to manage PCOS symptoms. This detox drink (or detox tea, if you want to call it) is made with a powerful combination of fennel seeds (saunf), coriander seeds (dhania), and fenugreek seeds (methi dana). This drink, which is best consumed in the morning, can help with digestion, aid in weight loss, and promote the release of insulin in the body.
How To Make Detox Tea For PCOS I Sauf, Dhaniya, Methi Water Recipe For PCOS:
Combine half a teaspoon of coriander seeds, half a teaspoon of fennel seeds and half a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds, and soak them overnight in water. Next morning, just boil it for at least 5 minutes, strain and drink warm. "This drink will help you to manage PCOS and also reduce the symptoms; it's even good for weight loss," says Preeti Gupta.
All three spices are known to improve insulin sensitivity, regulate blood sugar levels and promote weight loss. It is possible to manage PCOS symptoms naturally through a combination of diet, lifestyle changes and natural remedies. This detox drink can be a helpful addition to your PCOS management plan. But remember, it is important to consult your doctor before making any significant changes to your diet.
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