Continuing on from Monday's post...
do have insulin issues, although mine are not as pronounced as some
women's. This may be because I have been able to maintain a healthy
weight, ever since I began to drop the junk foods I had been accustomed
to eating and turned my diet to focus on whole foods instead. I think
that keeping my weight maintained is crucial for improvement with
Other things that I have done, or would recommend for those who especially struggle with this area are:
- Avoid all refined sugars and grains, as these are the worst offenders for insulin and blood sugar imbalances
- When eating anything with sweeteners, even natural sweeteners,
eat some protein and/or fat with it (such as a piece of cheese, a few
spoonfuls of yogurt, a glass of milk, a handful of nuts or seeds) at
the same time, as this helps to maintain more steady blood sugar
- Try using supplements such as Chromium and Cinnamon (both readily
available at any health food store), which support healthy blood sugar
and insulin levels
- Get active! I notice that I have more difficulty with my blood
sugar balance during seasons when I am less active, such as in the
winter. Any sort of exercise or activity is beneficial, whether it's
going to the gym or for runs, or simply taking a walk or doing some
gardening (or even vigorous housework!). Every little bit helps, and the more regular, the better.
4) What advise would you give me to treat PCOS naturally?
My biggest pieces of advice would be to:
- Avoid conventional/pharmaceutical treatments, such as birth control
pills or Metformin or others. I do know some people who have used Metformin
briefly to start getting their insulin under control and begin to lose
some weight, and then get off of it once they have seen some progress.
This is one way to use Metformin more sensibly, although I
cannot think of any way that birth control pills will contribute to
long term healing or balance. Generally, I would say to avoid these and
instead begin to pour your efforts into lifestyle changes.
- Begin with your diet. Here are my Top 3 nutritional changes
that I would recommend to anyone starting out and looking for a few
things to begin to change. Some great reads to get your going are The Maker's Diet
and Nourishing Traditions,
which will help to explain a lot of the why's behind what they are
suggesting. Don't expect to make all of the changes at once, but pick
one or two things and get started!
- Try to find a reputable Naturopath. There are so many wonderful
supplements, herbs, homeopathic remedies, etc. out there that can
really make a difference, but unless you have a lot of time to spend
really digging into the research yourself, it can be a bit overwhelming
at first. By seeing someone who works with these issues regularly, you
reap the benefits of their experience and recommendations and it gives
you a great starting place.
- Bring it before the Lord. We don't deal with this on our own, but
only with the help and grace of our good God, who knows us and our
bodies intricately. I am grateful to God for the teaching and resources
that He has brought my way, and also for the continual reminders to
bring all of my efforts back into submission to Him. I am learning to
trust Him as my Healer, and not myself or anything natural that I do.
Now that I'm getting back into this series a bit, are there any particular concerns or questions that you would like to have answered? I definitely do not have all the answers, but I'll try my best!