You’ve probably come to this post because you suspect that you may have PCOS, have been diagnosed with PCOS or know someone you love who has it. While it may seem that your world is crumbling down on you, and you’re not so sure how to deal with this disease, I am here to let you know that it will probably be okay. If you are trying to get pregnant, most women who struggle with infertility from PCOS end up getting pregnant. If you are struggling with your hormones, there are things you can do to alleviate those symptoms. I didn’t know prior to finding my solution that there was something out there that can be done to make PCOS better, but there is.
Being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is extremely scary and nerve wrecking for a lot of women, especially since most are diagnosed while struggling with infertility. Although PCOS comes with a plethora of vague symptoms, it really differs from one woman to another. Research hasn’t explained yet how PCOS came about and whether it’s directly linked to genetics or environmental exposures, although researchers agree that it’s most likely a mix of both. With my experience of PCOS, I believe that although there may be a genetic factor being triggered by an outside factor, it is mostly likely stemming from environmental exposures. The rates of PCOS in the United States and across the globe have skyrocketed, and my Endocrinologist that’s a specialist in PCOS believes that there’s a strong environmental factor that’s causing this, more specifically in our food or water supply and I couldn’t agree more.
I believe through my research and personal experience, that women who have PCOS are extremely sensitive to toxic exposures, or have an enormous amount of toxic product build up in their system which then activates the PCOS. You can help bring your hormones back to normalcy through detoxing your system of the possible toxic products that we know have a direct relationship with PCOS. Be prepared, the list of things you must abstain from or change in your life are a lot, but it’s extremely worth it for having a baby or simply returning your body back to normalcy. Remember, that while your hormones are irregular, symptoms of depression, anxiety, acne, excess hair are much more prevalent.
Also, while some women’s bodies are sensitive to one or more of these toxic exposures but we cannot be sure of which ones they are yet. So with that being said, you must make sure you’re abstaining or changing as much from the list below as possible to see any type of result. At a time when I changed my lifestyle to abide by all the rules below, my estrogen was at a 28, and testosterone at 19 which are both amazing and barely categorized as PCOS. The moment I went back to my old habits my estrogen skyrocketed to 248 and testosterone to 40, thus triggering and causing full blown PCOS in my body again.
Changing your food from conventionally grown, to all Organic. Conventional foods including meat and dairy have pesticides added to them, which are toxic to our systems. Also, genetically modified foods are harmful to our bodies and may cause other issues we’re not fully aware of yet since they use DNA from viruses and other animals and add it to the fruits and vegetables. Always buy organic, it will be free of toxic pesticides and GMOs.
Switch your cooking pans from non-stick to ceramic or iron cast. Non-stick and Teflon cookware have a toxic coating that breaks down over time and leaks into our foods, especially if there are scratches visible. Ceramic and iron cast cookware is healthier and safer for us to use.
Don’t use canned products, especially canned tomato sauce/paste. Canned foods contain a lining of BPA, which is a toxic chemical that has been linked to reproductive disorders and cancers. Make sure to use fresh or dried sources rather than canned whenever possible, especially tomato sauce and paste since they are acidic and leak the BPA much easier into the food.
Switch your feminine hygiene products from conventional to organic cotton or use menstrual cups. The conventional feminine hygiene products contain bleach, synthetic fragrances and many other chemicals that are very harmful for our reproductive health, not to mention that it is leaking directly into the vaginal area. It is important to use organic cotton for your feminine hygiene products, including menstrual cups which are wonderful. Menstrual cups are made of grade A silicone which is safer to use and may be cleaned, disinfected and reused for up to 10 years.
Switch from toxic conventional household cleaning products to completely non-toxic. Research has shown that toxic chemicals in household products are directly linked with PCOS, so it is one of the essential things you switch our in your home. Not only is it safer for you, but also much better for the enivonrment.
Test your vitamin levels and use organic sources to supplement for any deficiencies. If you are deficient in a certain vitamin, it may play a role in the exasperation of PCOS. Although priliminary research is still trying to see how closely vitamins are related to PCOS, missing vital vitamins are essential for our overall health. Get a general vitamin workup at your doctors office, and make up any vitamins you are deficient in through organic vitamins made from fruits and vegetables, rather than the synthetic counterpart that may be also harmful for your health.
Take Probiotics to replenish your healthy gut bacteria. Probiotics are essential for our overall bodies, immune system, and mental health. Our natural healthy gut bacteria gets killed over time through stress, unhealthy eating habits and the use of antibiotics. Make sure you’re replenishing these healthy gut bacteria that may be playing an essential role in your reproductive health.
Changing your lifestyle to these essential things I mentioned above will help reset your body back to its normal state within several months. Remember, you must be eating at least 80-90% of your diet from organic raw sources in order to reset your body. Sugar and carbs are also things you need to be staying away from, as they alter your insulin levels which are directly related to our PCOS.
~Conessions of an Organic Mama~