How You Can Change Your Diet to Improve PCOS

Polycystic ovarian syndrome, more commonly known as PCOS, affects almost 5 million women in the United States alone. And sadly, many of these women are left undiagnosed. Today, we’re going to discuss the signs of PCOS and dietary changes you can make to lessen your symptoms.

Signs of PCOS
Weight gain or obesity
Typically, women with PCOS are overweight or even obese. And often times they hold their weight around the waistline.
Excessive body hair
It’s not abnormal for women to have body hair. What is more important is to pay attention to the location, as well as the color and thickness of it. Women with PCOS tend to have thick, coarse body hair on their face (typically the upper lip and jaw line), chest and back.
Oily and acne prone skin
Due to the increased hormone levels, women with PCOS often times have oily and acne prone skin.
Irregular menstrual cycles and infertility
PCOS is a result of increased hormones, typically the predominantly male hormone testosterone. One of the early signs of PCOS is missed or irregular periods. PCOS can also cause ovarian cysts and infertility if left untreated.
In order to help improve your PCOS it’s important to get to the root of the cause. Changing your diet can be a huge factor.
Avoid inflammatory foods
Foods that cause inflammation, namely wheat and dairy, can wreck havoc on anyone’s body, let alone those with PCOS. Try including anti-inflammatory foods, such as turmeric, blueberries, ginger and beets.
Be sure you’re getting enough iodine
Iodine is a naturally occuring trace mineral in the human body. It is essential for creating thyroid hormones. Iodine can also help prevent or reduce ovarian cysts, which are common with PCOS. To be sure you’re getting enough iodine you can try adding seaweeds to your diet. If that’s not up your alley, try eating some navy beans or taking a liquid iodine supplement.
Remove all processed food and refined sugars
Women with PCOS are predisposed to developing diabetes. Therefore, it is important to keep your blood sugar levels in check. Most boxed or processed foods are high in sugar. Try sticking to healthy, home cooked meals instead of those found in a box.
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4 Foods that Fight Colon Cancer

bigstock--175606618Did you know that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States? And sadly, the numbers are on the rise, especially in young people. It’s not known why; however, possible reasons are due to increased rates of obesity, as well as sedentary lifestyles. There are several ways to decrease your risk of colon cancer, including eating a well-balanced diet that is full of fiber, getting regular exercise, avoiding smoking cigarettes and maintaining a healthy weight. Today, we’re going to share four foods you should add to your grocery list to cut your risk of colon cancer.

Fruits and vegetables
Let’s start with the obvious one here. We all know that a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables is good for the prevention of any form of cancer. Fruits and veggies contain fiber, and this roughage helps to push the food you’ve eaten through your colon and into the toilet. Also, fruits and veggies are packed with nutrients. However, most people don’t eat enough. New research suggests 3 to 5 servings of fruit and 7 to 14 servings of vegetables each day. You should also aim for a minimum of 30 grams of fiber! Some high fiber fruits and vegetables to add to your list are split peas, Brussels sprouts and raspberries.

Tomato sauce
That’s right, eat more pizza and spaghetti sauce! As long as it’s a healthy, homemade version. Lycopene, a compound found in tomatoes, has been proven to reduce the risk of colon cancer. And cooking the tomatoes is even better, so add some pasta sauce to your weekend meal prep!

Whole grains
Whole grains are another food that’s high in fiber. But you’ve got to be sure you stick with the right ones. Go with oats, multigrain bread, farro or several others.

Foods high in omegas
Think fish — such as salmon — olive oil and chia seeds. The omega 3s, 6s and 9s in fatty fishes and oils help to reduce inflammation, which can cut your cancer risk. Just be sure you’re getting good quality fish and high quality oils.

Foods you should avoid…

Highly processed or packaged foods
Foods that are found in boxes at the grocery store are usually full of sugar and other additives. Sugar fuels cancer, so it is best to try and avoid it whenever possible.

Red meat
It is believed that eating red meat causes an increased sugar response, which increases inflammation.

Add the right foods to your meal plan, and you’ll not only improve your overall health, but reduce your risk for colon cancer.

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