PCOS & MY APPROACH

If you’ve found us it’s likely that you are looking for answers on how to make some holistic changes to your lifestyle. PCOS affects 1 in 5 women in the UK and 1 in 10 worldwide, so you're not alone.

That’s a lot of women who are looking for natural ways to balance their mind and body. From acne, weight issues, unpredictable periods and imbalances in mental health and wellbeing, here’s how I tackle some of the the day to day issues that can get in the way of living life to the fullest….

EXERCISE

If you’re a novice and new to exercise, or a complete exercise junkie (I’m the latter), moving your body is one of the best ways to improve your mental health.  It’s also very important if you suffer with PCOS that you have a healthy BMI.

Women with PCOS often experience issues with hormonal imbalances, metabolism, and as a result, weight gain.  I know if I don’t exercise I really feel it on my mind and my body.   Even getting your heart rate up by going for a walk is beneficial.

I do understand that it's hard to get motivated some days.  With two young boys,  life can often seem chaotic,  and I always feel like there are a thousand other things I could be doing.  No matter how busy life gets however, I make sure I prioritise this time for myself because I know how much better it will make me feel afterwards.  And it will make you feel better too.

DIET

Try to eat as clean as possible.  That means low carb, low sugar and low dairy. It’s not that easy I hear you say… and you’re right, in that it takes a mindset change to implement a new way of eating, but oh my god it's worth it!  For one, if you’re also dealing with PCOS, following these simple rules is the easiest way to keep your hormones in check and your insulin levels low.

When it comes to changing your diet you can easily make small changes gradually. There are lots of simple ways to make your diet more PCOS friendly such as swapping your dairy milk for almond or oat milk (Innocent brands are my favourite) or switching potatoes for legumes. 

It may take a bit of willpower to stick to this new way of eating, but once you feel the benefits it should motivate and inspire you to continue.

For me, the results speak for themselves.  My skin is brighter, I have more energy and I sleep better.

SUPPLEMENTS

The best way you can nourish your body with all the vitamins and minerals you need is through your diet, however sometimes it can be difficult to eat enough nutrients daily from food alone.

If you decide to take supplements, here are some that I take on a regular basis to balance my body naturally. I am obviously a huge fan of myo-inositol, and there’s a reason. Full of vitamin B8 which can be lacking in women with PCOS, myo-inositol can help with improving the body’s use of insulin, reduce sugar levels, restore ovulation and regulate menstrual cycles.

Other supplements I find useful include; magnesium, zinc, chromium, vitamin d and folate. If you would like to understand more about supplementing your diet please have a read of our blogs.

STRESS

Difficult to avoid with our busy lifestyles, however did you know that women with PCOS were significantly more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than those who didn’t?

The scientific reasons for this are still unclear, but it would make sense that with the side effects of PCOS such as difficultly falling pregnant, weight issues, predisposition to acne prone skin and hirsutism can lead to feeling unhappy and stressed.

By looking at your lifestyle holistically by eating the right foods, exercising and making sure you prioritise your mental health can be a huge step in the right direction to managing your stress levels day to day.

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