8 Foods That Helps In Curing PCOS/PCOD

Contributed By: Vinitha Vankayalpati

8 Foods That Helps In Curing PCOS/PCOD

The most common hormonal disorder is PCOS/PCOD, which affects many women of
reproductive age. It is estimated that it affects approximately 20% of Indian women.
The symptoms include cystic acne, irregular periods, facial hair growth, and
abnormal weight gain. The root cause of PCOS/PCOD is not yet known, but it is
believed that changes in lifestyle and genetics may be contributing factors. If proper
food and exercise are not taken, it may lead to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure,
and heart diseases. Therefore, here are some food items that may help in managing
the disorder.

1. Boodida Gummadikaya or Ash gourd:

Take one-fourth portion of the ingredient and cut it into small pieces. Grind the
pieces into a paste and transfer the paste onto a cloth. Squeeze the water from the
paste. This drink is considered the best detox drink because it is rich in fiber, which
can help regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. Its low calorie
content may also aid in weight management, and flushes out excess water from the
body which reduces bloating.

2. Milk Alternatives:

Milk contains insulin-like growth factor(IGF-1) which helps in the production
of male hormones. As women with PCOS have high levels of androgens,
consuming milk is highly avoidable. So we can choose Almond Milk or
Coconut Milk.

3. Yogurt:

Add plain, fresh, and unsweetened yogurt to your diet. As most of the people
don’t have good gut health, this will help in improving it and reduce
inflammation in the body.

4. Brown Rice and Millet(Jonna pindi) :

As white rice and wheat contain low fiber and they tend to rapidly increase
blood sugar levels so we have to choose low glycemic index foods such
as brown rice and millets. We can make many rice varieties with brown rice
and millets can be used to make chapati.

5. Low sugar containing fruits:

Fruits are an essential part of the diet but we have to choose only fruits that
are low in sugar to control our blood sugar levels. Fruits like Apples, Kiwi,
Avocado, Oranges, Strawberries and Blueberries help us a lot.

6. Ginger, Cinnamon, Turmeric:

They contain anti-inflammatory properties which improves menstrual
regularity and reduces inflammation in the body. In addition, turmeric reduces
the anxiety and depression in women with PCOS. They can be added to other
foods while consuming or we can make a detox drink with all three

7. Nuts:

Nuts such as almonds, cashews, walnuts contain healthy fats, proteins and
fiber. As we know women with pcos have a lot of food cravings. These nuts
will keep them feeling full thereby reducing cravings and improving weight

8. Vegetables:

Leafy greens such as spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, and cauliflower
should be included in your diet. Make sure that the vegetable portion is high
when you eat your lunch, as this will help in reducing inflammation and
improving insulin sensitivity.

I know how challenging this disorder is but we are not alone in this battle. Making
small changes to our lifestyle can go a long way in managing the symptoms.
Remember, taking care of our health is always worth the effort, and with
determination and perseverance, we can overcome any obstacle. So, stay positive,
stay motivated, and keep working towards a healthier, happier you.

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