What is PCOS?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a set of common symptoms caused by a hormone imbalance. If you’re one of the 10% of people in the UK who suffer with it, you may notice irregular or heavy periods and unwanted facial hair and acne.
A lot of this hormonal imbalance is caused by spikes in insulin, meaning symptoms can flair up when insulin levels get particularly high. This excess insulin means you may find you put on weight around your stomach and have difficulty losing it again.
It is important to treat PCOS, as without preventative steps you may experience problems with fertility, high blood pressure and diabetes down the line.
How can nutritional therapy help with PCOS?
Because of the link to insulin production, PCOS responds well to dietary changes. By eating foods that cause you to secrete less insulin, the majority of symptoms can be improved or even reversed. Together we’ll work through a three step process to get the answers you’re looking for and help you make positive changes to dramatically improve your health.
Step 1: Take a thorough case history
First we will discuss what has been going on so I can get a picture of all the symptoms you’ve been experiencing. We will take a non-judgemental look at your diet, identifying foods which might be healthy enough but simply not suited to your biochemical make-up.
Step 2: Perform functional tests
You may have already received a diagnosis of PCOS from your GP, but I will usually perform a full clinical analysis to check whether there is anything else going on as well. I never look at symptoms in isolation – it’s important that we work to heal your body as a whole, not just the condition you are presenting with.
Step 3: Create a specialised nutritional therapy programme
Finally I will create a nutritional therapy programme specifically for you. We’ll move towards a PCOS friendly diet and supplements to control those insulin levels and reduce unwanted symptoms.
How a tailor-made nutritional programme improved Amy’s PCOS
Amy was diagnosed with PCOS five years before she signed up for Reinvent. Her periods had never been regular, and she had suffered from acne since her teenage years. Now, at the age of 30, it was affecting her confidence more than ever. She had also recently experienced rapid weight gain and was desperate to get it under control.
We discussed the impact of blood sugar imbalances on PCOS and the importance of diet. Certain problem foods were eliminated and we worked on improving Amy’s liver function and increasing phytoestrogens in her diet.
Within four months she had lost 10kg, her skin had visibly improved and she was ‘feeling fantastic’.
Feel better than ever with Reinvent
Tune into your body using self-diagnostic tools, and discover the step-by-step lifestyle changes that will transform your health.