You may have thought that acne was a thing of the past. That as you left your adolescent years, your skin would clear up. Unfortunately this isn’t the case for a lot of women with PCOS. Our raging testosterone levels often wreak havoc on our skin. Here is what you need to know about PCOS and acne.
For many years, I’ve recommended a gluten free diet for PCOS. And there is good reason for that. Gluten causes chronic inflammation (something we’re already prone to), it’s a hormone disruptor and it is often high in carbs. Here is what I do instead of having gluten.
If you have fallen away from eating well for your PCOS, as a way to get back on track, you may be tempted to do some kind of detox or cleanse. But, what does the evidence say and is a cleanse the best thing for your PCOS? Let’s have a look at the research and offer some alternatives to a cleanse.
Testosterone is often the cause of a lot of our troubling PCOS symptoms – hair where you don’t want it, not enough hair where you do want it, acne, that irregular cycle. There are some foods that have been shown to lower testosterone levels and may be worth including more of these in your diet.
When we want to lose weight with PCOS, one of the first things that we do is try some kind of diet, only to find that we don’t lose weight. We may even gain more weight. Why is that? Well, we’re probably watching calories but not addressing our PCOS, the cause of our weight gain.
One of the more distressing symptoms of PCOS is hair loss or alopecia. It can really impact on self esteem and make women self conscious about the way that they look. Alopecia is often caused by high testosterone levels. Here are some things that you can do about it.
I find hearing other people’s success stories with PCOS is just so motivating. It helps me realise that I am not alone in my struggles and motivates me to keep going when Ijust want to stop. So, here is another success story for you. Meet Alleyne and let her tell you how PCOS impacts on her.
Hair loss with PCOS can be a frustrating and embarrasing syptom – something that women suffering with this symptom is normally very aware of. Hair loss is often as a result of high testosterone levels. Here are some things that you can do to restore your hair health if you are struggling with hair loss.
I love hearing from other women with PCOS. To hear the things that they are struggling with (I often relate!) and the things that they are having success with. I find that it motivates me and keeps me going with my PCOS. So, today, I want to introduce you to Danielle as she shares her PCOS story.
Many people focus on a low glycemic index diet. The thing is, it is not entirely accurate and even foods with a low GL can impact on your insulin and your PCOS. So, the glycemic load is a better indicator. In this article, I explain the GL in detail and how it can work as part of your PCOS diet.
N-acetyl-cystein (otherwise known as NAC) has shown some promising results for women with PCOS. It has been shown to help with fertility, insulin resistance and lowering testosterone. Here is what you need to know if you want to add NAC to your supplement regime.
Milk has a chemical that mimics insulin and causes our levels of testosterone to rise. Many women find that their acne clears up after stopping milk and that is testament to milk’s negative effects on our PCOS in general. This article looks at why milk is not great for PCOS, as well as alternatives.
Sometimes we can get stuck in a rut with our PCOS. We keep going as we are but we struggle to find the motivation to jump the hurdles and change tac. So, I surveryed my readers to find out what was stopping them from taking their next step with their PCOS. This is what they said and how to overcome those hurdles.
We know that exercise is another crucial element of our PCOS management strategy. It helps make our bodies more sensitive to insulin and overall improve our PCOS. But how much exercise should e be doing and is it possible to do too much exercise? Let’s look at the research…
Just because you have PCOS, doesn’t mean that PCOS has you. PCOS can be managed and it is possible to have success. I share my own success story with you, and announce some very exciting news – proof of just how effective diet and lifestyle changes are in managing PCOS.
Things have been very quiet on the blog recently and it’s been far too long since my last article. I’m really sorry about the silence! The thing is: I’m PREGNANT! We’re so excited that our little family of three will soon be four but on a personal level, I feel like I have won a…
Exercise is so important for your overall health and well being. But, it is also crucial to managing your PCOS. Even if you don’t physically see the results, the research shows that exercise has an impact on the metabolic markers of PCOS. Find out about the other benefits of exercise for PCOS.
Living with PCOS can sometimes feel isolating. Not everyone likes to talk about their symptoms and so we often don’t know any one else with PCOS. But, finding a support network, a group of women who understand what you are going through and who cheer you on, is so important.
I jave a confession to make.I hate needles and I hate the thought of needles. As a result, acupuncture has never been on my radar. I have never considered it as an option to manage my PCOS. But, the research is actually very good that acupuncture is effective in treating a lot of the symptoms of PCOS.
Sometimes it’s hard to eat a good, healthy breakfast. I need something quick that I can eat (or drink). But the problem with a lot of smoothies is that they tend to be very high is sugar and carbohydrates. Not ideal for your insulin and therefore your PCOS. So, here’s a great PCOS friendly smoothie recipe.
More and more women are turning to holistic and alternative therapies to help them manage their health and their PCOS. It’s no surprise, then, that I have been asked about acupuncture for PCOS on a number of occasions. So, I’ve done the research and this is what I have found.