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PCOS management.

PCOS management.

*This is not a pot about what PCOS is

Although PCOS affects the ovaries, These are just side effects, PCOS originates from the brain.

Management of PCOS is no quick fix, there is no 4-8 week plan to combat it.

The Brain and PCOS

The brain signals the Hypothamolus, Which signals the Pituitary which sends signals out to The thyroid, Adrenals, and ovaries.

Basically, the brain controls your thyroid, reproduction and stress.

There is no one single cause for PCOS and many women aren’t even aware that they have it, But something happens in the brain which then disrupts the ovaries.

What Disrupts the Brain?

*For more information on Brain Disruption see my book your head is not an island, get your copy from the side bar

Too much stress? Diet and or Lifestyle stress.
Insulin resistance from Stress or Diet?.

Women normally have too much Estrogen with not enough Proestrogen release when they have PCOS, This increases Testosterone which is why some women with PCOS start to develop facial hair.

Since the Ovaries are disrupted through the same process as the Thyroid and the adrenals they may be affected too depending on the hormonal imbalance.

Where is the imbalance coming from –

Well, you can have lean women with PCOS and Heavier types of women who also have PCOS.

Both types will have some form of Insulin Resistance.

However leaner women with PCOS the hormonal imbalance will most likely be coming from stress and for heavier women, the disruption will be coming from Insulin Resistance.

Note there will be a cross over between the to I.e heavier women Stress can disrupt the hormones too. But the dominant disruptor will most likely be Stress or Insulin Resistance,

Chronic Stress and The Menstrual Cycle

In short, the first half of the menstrual cycle is mainly estrogen dominant and the second half is progestogen dominant,
Longer Menstrual cycles or heavier bleeding is normally due to excess estrogen caused by excess or heavy stress.

Stress, Estragon and Progestogen

Stress effects the pituitary gland which causes Fertility and Libido Issues as well as Mood and Body composition issues.

Women produce Less Follicle Stimulating hormone (FSH) and more Luteinizing hormone (LH)(we don’t the full cause of this but its believed to be caused by stress. This means that the follicles don’t mature causing Overarin cyst form (No ovulation)

PCOS also cause hormonal changes such as increased insulin ( From too many starchy Carbs?) Insulin along with increased LH causes an increase in testosterone in women. Other hormonal Changes are Lowered Progestogen due to too much Estragon.

Chronic Stress and Female Body Fat.

Note Chronic Dieting and Exercise are a Form of stress.

Stress believe it or not increases stress hormones. These stress hormones increase cravings for salts, sugars, Fatty and High Calories Foods.

Stress also Decreases Estragon and Progestogen as well as increasing Testosterone. The combination of lower Est/progestogen + Increases in testosterone and the consumption of High, Fat, Salt, Sugar and Calorie foods leads to weight gain…

Sometimes weight gain in women isn’t due to eating too much but the combination of the above due to stress.

The Plan
(Disclaimer Always speak to your GP Or health professional before changing diet plans or supplements, this is for educational purposes only.)

If you are a heavy type with PCOS then insulin management is essential.

Low Carb (Lots of low starch vegetables, Proteins and Fats) Keep total carbs un 75g per day.

Intense Exercise
-Interval training
-Weight Training
-Maybe long cardio occasionally

Lean Types
Higher Carb diets will be better for you
-Short intervals
-Rest and Restoration (Walking, relaxing Yoga etc)

*Both types will benefit from Rest and Restoration exercise.

PCOS – Supplements

Note – Lifestyle changes such as exercise and nutrition mentioned above must be addressed first before these have any real effect.

  1. Control Insulin – Metabolic Complex ( Chromium, Lipoic Acid, Green Tea, High Complex B Vitamins, Vanadium, BenFolusione, Carnitine.
  2. Brain/Hormone Signalling – Krill Oil & Rhodiola
  3. Balance Estragon and Progestogen – DIM (which is found in cruciferous vegetables), Vitex and Green Tea
  4. Control Testosterone – Saw Palmetto, Pygeum, Nettles, Green Tea

Reference –

Dr Jade Teta – jadeteta.com

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