Women Health: 7 Healthy Eating Habits For Women With PCOS

A person with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome may have been advised to eat certain foods to help them lose weight and maintain their hormone levels. There are no food groups that should be avoided or eaten in large quantities. It is all about making the right decision at the right moment and in the right quantities.

Also, read: PCOS: 5 Low Glycemic Foods That You Should Add To Your Diet

Here are 7 facts about healthy eating habits for PCOS patients:

1. You don’t need to eat gluten-free

Many women attempt to eat gluten-free in the hope that they will lose weight. There is no scientific evidence to support this. One can lose weight by eating less calories.

Some women with PCOS are sensitive to gluten or have celiac disorder. These women may feel better if they avoid gluten. Not all women have to eat gluten-free.

2. Dairy products are also available

Many people advise women suffering from PCOS to stay away from dairy products. But milk and milk-based products are high in calcium and protein. Although it may increase insulin and androgen levels, a small amount is not harmful. You don’t have to avoid all milk products. If one does not have an allergy, small amounts per week are fine.

3. Eat a bigger breakfast to improve your hormonal levels

Women with PCOS need to eat breakfast at king size, lunch at queen size, and dinner at beggar size. A larger breakfast will increase insulin sensitivity and lower androgen levels. It keeps you fuller for a longer time.

4. Fruit is permitted

The high levels of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants found in fruits can offer many benefits for women with PCOS. You can choose fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, and other fruits. These fruits will have the skin on. These fruits have a lower glycemic score than fruits without skins, such as watermelon, pineapple, and others.

5. You can satisfy your sweet cravings

Women with PCOS should avoid sweets and desserts, but they can be enjoyed if consumed in moderation. A 70% cube of dark chocolate can satisfy sweet cravings. It is also rich in antioxidants, which will not cause any harm. Enjoy your sweet cravings occasionally, but keep it in moderation.

6. Concentrate on foods containing omega-3 fatty acid

Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in oily fish such as salmon and sardines, as well as in chia seed. These fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and heart-healthy. Omega-3 helps regulate hormones that influence testosterone secretion. Women with PCOS may find omega-3 fatty acid foods to be very beneficial.

Avoid foods that cause you discomfort

Everybody has a list of food items they can’t tolerate or that bothers them. It is important to understand about food intolerances or sensitivities that can cause gastrointestinal distress, such as bloating, gas, or indigestion. These foods are not good for PCOS recovery and can be harmful to your PCOS-friendly diet.

Author’s Bio: Dr. Aruna Kalra is a senior gynaecologist and obstetrician at CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram.

Disclaimer: This content, including advice, is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to be a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. For more information, always consult a specialist or your doctor. NDTV is not responsible for the information.



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