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By Alex Allan on 11/08/23 | Top tips

How can diet and lifestyle changes improve PCOS?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, is a multifaceted hormonal disorder which affects a significant number of women globally. It comes with a whole host of symptoms which can hugely impact a woman's wellbeing, such as irregular periods, mood fluctuations, unwanted hair growth, acne, weight changes, and fertility challenges.

However, the use Functional Medicine (FM) can help. Rather than focussing on solving individual symptoms, FM works on trying to find the underlying root causes and interconnectedness of various factors.

Central to the FM philosophy is understanding that every person is unique, with different genetic makeup, lifestyle choices, environmental exposures, and stress levels. A skilled FM practitioner begins by taking a thorough medical history and may conduct specialised tests to gain insights into a client's hormone levels, nutrient status, and potential inflammatory markers.

One of the key areas explored within FM is the impact of diet and lifestyle on hormonal balance. Recommendations for diet changes may include adopting a nutrient-dense, whole-foods-based approach while reducing the consumption of inflammatory substances like refined sugars and unhealthy fats.

Physical activity, exercise, and stress management techniques are also integral parts of a comprehensive plan, aiming to improve insulin sensitivity and overall hormone balance.

Additionally, stress can have huge effects on hormonal regulation, making relaxation techniques and sufficient restorative sleep essential parts of a woman’s journey towards better health.

The use of supplements may be considered, as they can complement the approach to hormonal balance. However, the hallmark of FM – and what we practice here at PCOS Clinics - lies in a personalised touch – each plan is thoughtfully tailored to address the specific needs and circumstances of the individual.

It is essential to acknowledge that the healing journey in FM is not instantaneous; rather, it is a collaborative process that is based on commitment, patience, and trust. The ultimate goal is to empower you with knowledge and understanding of your health, enabling you to make informed choices and sustainably improve your overall wellbeing beyond managing PCOS symptoms.

If this resonates with you, why don’t you get in touch for a free call? We’d love to chat to you about what’s going on for you right now, what you’ve tried so far, and we can give you some simple tips to get you feeling better. Click here to book a call.

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