Polycystic Ovary Syndrome has many side effects including weight gain, acne, anxiety, irregular periods and self-esteem issues. Sufferers will experience dips in their mental health and overall sense of wellbeing. There has been research into helping resolve some of these issues for women.
Here are some tips and tricks you can do to help manage your PCOS symptoms.
1. Improve your insulin sensitivityInsulin resistance affects up to 70 per cent of women with PCOS, This symptom transpires when the body responds abnormally to insulin, subsequently leading to levels higher in the body.
The good news is High Intensity exercise can improve the function of insulin in the body. If HIIT is implemented for at least 10 minutes a day, it can have a hugely beneficial effect on insulin sensitivity, regardless of age or weight.
2. Try Losing Weight.It’s not uncommon for women with PCOS to gain weight. PCOS leads to higher concentrations of oestrogen in the body, which causes fat to cling in unflattering places.
Doing at least 20 minutes of any exercise can help with losing weight and helps to get your body building positive lifestyle habits. Weight loss can relieve symptoms such as weight gain, acne and irregular periods, so is well worth giving a try.
|3. Listening to a Life Coach.Wellness coaching is the application of life-coaching principles to health and wellbeing. The coach uses skilful communication to support you to make life changes through working towards their personal goals and providing a positive outlook on life.
In studies of coaching for chronic conditions, such as PCOS, the range of outcomes seen in sufferers has included psychological benefits such as improved mood, social functioning and quality of life.
4. Changing your diet.Eating a high-fibre, protein filled, low-sugar diet can help to relieve symptoms of PCOS. Load up on fruits, vegetables, and high protein foods such as chicken to see a significant difference in your mood, weight and regularity of your periods. Avoiding processed and fatty foods will help to keep your blood sugar levels in check and regulate your cycle. Following a nutrition plan, can help to keep you motivated in diet changes. You will quickly start to see results.
5. Try yoga.Yoga can help to see results straight away and can see a positive improvement to your mood, physical ability and your outlook on life.
Recent evidence proposes yoga may improve anxiety, ovulation, hormones and metabolic parameters. Just 12 weeks of yoga can significantly improve symptoms of anxiety in adolescent girls with PCOS. Beyond this, yoga also appears to have a favourable effect on cholesterol and insulin levels in women with PCOS. Yoga was found to be considerably effective in improving insulin resistance, glucose, and lip values amongst adolescent girls with PCOS.
Which tip will you be trying first?On the PowerWave app, you will find sections catered for each specific top tip; nutrition plans, HIIT exercise’s, yoga and your very own life coach. Download the app from your app store here, and start your PCOS transformation.