Continued from yesterday…
So, now that we’ve discussed the general treatment plan of the medical industry (medication and weight loss), let’s now talk about a treatment plan that attacks the cause of PCOS directly.
Remember what I said earlier about Insulin and its effect on the FSH and LH hormones that are so important in regularizing a woman’s menstrual cycle? Since this is at the roots of PCOS, it needs to be where we start treatment. So, the first step will be to immediately get the patient on a low-glycemic diet that completely cuts out refined sugars and sticks to only complex carbohydrates. You’ll recall that complex carbs break down more gradually allowing blood sugar levels and insulin levels to increase and decrease more steadily, avoiding the spikes that refined sugars induce. I usually like to say that PCOS stands for Please Cut Out the Sugar. Yes dear one, that is the only way! It is imperative that put the crack pipe down in order to have a chance at recovery.
But, while sugar might be a big player in the development of PCOS, it’s not the only one in the game. In today’s society, we are forced to navigate a veritable minefield of chemicals, both synthetic and natural, that have huge effects on our body’s hormones. One of these man-made chemicals that’s been in the news recently is Bisphenol-A (BPA) which has been proven to have estrogen mimicking qualities. This chemical is used in plastics and can be found in virtually every single household in the United States. “Well, I don’t eat plastic so why should I be concerned about BPA?”, you might be asking. You don’t need to eat something in order for it to get into your system. Our skin absorbs good things, like vitamins from the sun, but it will also absorb bad things like chemicals, or really anything it comes in contact with. This is how nicotine patches and birth control patches work. Any chemical that comes in contact with your skin will get absorbed and dumped into your bloodstream. So, just picking up a plastic cup can allow chemicals like BPA to be absorbed into your body. I know, yikes!
It’s difficult to completely eliminate exposure to these kinds of chemicals but it’s imperative for someone suffering from PCOS to try and eliminate them as much as possible from their environment. One way to do this is to avoid canned goods and pre-packaged foods. Recently a woman was discovered to have the highest level of BPA ever tested in her system. After months of trying to find the reason for her high levels, it was discovered that the cause was due to the fact that she ate only canned foods and microwavable dinners. The BPA had leaked from the linings of the cans and plastic containers into her food where it was then ingested into her body. Her hormone imbalance was not due to the food she was eating (although I doubt it was the healthiest of diets) it was instead simply due to the containers her food was in. Another source of these kinds of harmful chemicals is perfumes and other beauty supplies which you can read about in one of my previous posts on this topic – Cosmetics Coverup. When your hormone system is as sensitive as it is for people with PCOS, it’s imperative to reduce the impact of these kinds of chemicals as much as possible.
Man-made chemicals aren’t the only ones we need to be careful of though. Nature has its own minefield that we need to be conscious of. Take soy for example. This food, highly touted for its nutritional value, has a natural chemical in it that mimics estrogen which can send our hormonal system into a frenzy. These chemicals are called phytoestrogens as they have properties that are estrogen-like but come from a variety of plants. It is believed that the reason some plants evolved to have phytoestrogens was in order to control the fertility of the herbivores that eat them. A kind of Darwinian self-preservation strategy of making their predators infertile so there would be less of them to worry about. Ha! This illustrates an important point; nature does not always have our best interests in mind! We need to understand which plants, grains, and proteins have the best medicinal value to help regularize the imbalanced hormonal system of someone suffering from PCOS. Thankfully there are a lot of good yummy natural things out there that can help people with PCOS get on the road to recovery. But when your system is as fragile as it is when you have PCOS, broad-brush diets like “low-carb”, “weight watchers”, “HCG”, or “Atkins” just aren’t comprehensive enough to steer you clear of the many pitfalls out there, both man-made and natural.
So, to sum up, despite the representations (I prefer misrepresentations) made by many in the medical industry, PCOS is a curable condition. With a focused approach that targets the root cause of the disorder, rather than the “pills/surgery” approach to treating the symptoms, people suffering from this condition can beat it. Once it is understood that a poor and unbalanced diet filled with refined sugars and processed foods is the underlying source of PCOS complications then the cure becomes obvious. Many of the women I have helped recover from PCOS, when learning that the choices they made in the past, and the ways they chose to treat their bodies and live their lives, was the main cause of their PCOS, felt regret for their past decisions. But this only lasts for a second and is quickly replaced with a feeling of self-empowerment and hope. If the decisions made in the past were the cause, then the decisions made now and in the future can be the cure. Taking back the power to control their own destinies and recoveries lifted their spirits and replaced helplessness with determination and hope. I hope that more and more women follow in their footsteps and choose to take hold of their present condition and with their own hands help shape their future health and happiness. 🙂
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