Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex hormonal disorder that requires support in terms of diet, lifestyle changes, and oftentimes also supplementation. It is the most common hormonal disorder amongst women today, and can manifest in a variety of ways including correlations between PCOS and gut health.
Factors for PCOS Healing
There are multiple factors to address when it comes to healing from PCOS:
- Eating a balanced diet
- Reducing inflammation
- Healing your gut
- Supporting your adrenal & thyroid glands
- Managing stress
- Balancing hormones (most of which will naturally happen through addressing 1-5 above)
One of the hallmark symptoms of PCOS is chronic low-grade inflammation. When supporting a body with PCOS, it is incredibly important to decrease inflammation as much as possible. This can be done through removing inflammatory foods from your diet, as well as removing toxic household & personal care products from your life.
How Gut Health Can Affect PCOS
PCOS and gut health are connected because our gut health directly correlates with the health of our endocrine system, which dictates our hormones. Once we have removed the inflammatory offenders, we heal the gut. Gut health is SO crucial for overall hormone balance. If digestive health is impaired, the body may not be absorbing nutrients properly. This can lead to a cascade of negative health effects.
Managing stress goes hand-in-hand with supporting the adrenals & thyroid. If the adrenal glands and/or thyroid glands are out of balance, your sex hormones will be too in one way or another.
Supplements and Testing to Aid PCOS Healing
If necessary, we may also pull in some temporary and targeted supplementation to help aid in overall hormone balance. Seeing as PCOS can be so complex, I also recommend hormone testing for these clients so that we can see exactly what is out of balance and needs support.
Supporting PCOS through Nutritional Therapy
The connection between PCOS and nutrition has been well documented. It is known that gut health is one of the main factors contributing to overall hormone balance. If digestive health is impaired, the body may not be properly absorbing nutrients and this can lead to a cascade of negative health effects including hormonal imbalances such as PCOS. It IS possible to heal from your PCOS through nutritional therapy. Don’t ever let anybody tell you otherwise.
About the Author
My name is Sarah Lawley Chernick and I am a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP), Restorative Wellness Practitioner (RWP), and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). I studied Psychology and attained a Masters degree in the field so I am very well-versed in the importance of addressing the mind-body connection. After years of going to doctor after doctor and nobody being able to help me, I eventually found Nutritional Therapy. This allowed me to get to the root cause of where all of my symptoms were coming from and through this holistic approach I was able to heal my body on a deep level!