Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a female condition characterized by imbalanced sex hormones. This imbalance can cause skin changes, ovarian cysts, menstrual-cycle changes and difficulties becoming pregnant. Women with PCOS also have an increased risk of developing a number of serious diseases. Diet is one therapeutic approach used by medical professionals to treat this condition. If you have PCOS, you should work with a medical professional to develop an overall treatment plan and diet for your condition. That diet may include eating more organic foods.
Effects of PCOS on Overall Health
Women with PCOS have an increased risk of developing insulin resistance, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, endometrial cancer and high triglyceride levels. A diet high in fiber and low on the glucose index is an important part of many PCOS treatment plans because of the insulin resistance factor. Additionally, PCOS treatment may involve weight loss and an exercise plan. Through dietary modifications, women with PCOS may experience more regular menstrual cycles, increased androgen production and fertility.
Importance of Organic
Medical journalist Colette Harris advises in her book, "The PCOS Diet Book: How You Can Use the Nutritional Approach to Deal with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome," that those with PCOS should avoid consuming synthetic substances and hormones that come from nonorganic foods, because unbalanced hormones cause the condition. An organic diet provides natural foods, which means no additional toxins in your system. By avoiding toxins, you can improve many of the symptoms associated with PCOS, according to Harris. Additionally, you may start to feel more energetic as your body functions improve.
Raw Food Cleanse
Harris advises a diet with significant amounts of whole foods, fresh vegetables and fruit and lean proteins. Some alternative health practitioners suggest starting an organic diet with a detoxifying raw-food cleanse. This basically means restricting your intake to organic raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains and seeds for a limited time. Supporters of this cleanse say it reduces cravings for sugar, increases energy and facilitates weight loss. Before undertaking this type of cleanse, ask your doctor if he thinks it's a good idea for you.
Registered dietitian Hillary Write advises a healthy, balanced diet full of vegetables, fruits and lean proteins including fish and chicken in her book, "The PCOS Diet Plan: A Natural Approach to Health for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome." Additionally, White suggests eating three small meals a day and three healthy snacks. Eat no more than two servings of complex carbohydrates, and consume only hormone-free diary and meat products. Avoid soda, caffeine, alcohol and processed carbohydrates such as white breads, cookies and most pastas.
- NCBI: olycystic Ovary Syndrome; March 2010
- "The PCOS Diet Book"; Colette Harris; 2002
- "The PCOS Diet Plan"; Hillary Wright; 2010