infertility · PCOS · Uncategorized · weight loss

Au Naturel part 1

Lets look at some of the natural ways women are controlling their PCOS symptoms!  *** DISCLAIMER: Just a reminder that I am not a doctor at all.  All of the information I’m about to give you is purely for interests sake.  Please consult your doctor or specialist BEFORE trying any of these.  Since research into specific proven methods of controlling PCOS symptoms is scarce most of the ‘proof’ that these methods work is completely ANECDOTAL, and/or just common sense.***

The internet is just inondated with expert opinions and miracle cures for PCOS and infertility.  It is so important to approach every bit of this information with a critical eye.  The cliche “if its too good to be true” is very applicable!  There is no instant cure, no snap of the fingers weight loss drug, no magic baby-making serum.  It takes conviction, confidence, and a little hard work to achieve your goal of managing PCOS symptoms.  Here are a few of the more common natural ways to help control your PCOS symptoms.

1) Supplements.  Supplements are so popular right now, mainly because we no longer eat properly and don’t get all of the vitamins, minerals, and essentials we need from our food.  Various studies show the significance of taking certain vitamins or minerals for their distinct nutritional properties.  Most of the supplements popular with PCOSers concentrate on weight loss, and fertility.  Here are a few of the common ones.

  • a good multi-vitamin (alot of women who are TTC choose a pre-natal vitamine)
  • Vitamin D- the studies are piling up indicating the importance of vitamine D for everyone!
  • B vitamins
  • vitamin C- for its anti-oxident and immune boosting properties
  • vitamin E
  • vitamin A (a controversial vitamin, which is essential for fetal eye/vision development, but which may also cause certain birth defects, according to some experts… this is one I personally stay away from as non of my doctors or specialists have ever brought it up or encouraged me to take it)
  • Omega 3-an essential fatty acid
  • zinc, chromium and magnesium: all supposedly help to balance blood sugars, control appetite and help with insulin response.
  • herbs: Chaste berry (also called Vitex and Angus castus) helps with fertility and is very common with PCOSers.  It normalizes pituitary function and controls the release of LH to improve fertility.  Other herbs like Saw Palmetto (for hirsuitism), milk thistle, raspberry leaf, and peppermint are also common and since we need to be drinking as much water as possible, alot of women consume these herbs as tea!

2) Exercise:  We all know how important it is to stay active, but its easier said than done for most of us.  If you’re like me you are working a full-time job (or in my case 2 full-time jobs and a part-time job), taking care of kids and husband and family, keeping your house clean, putting food on the table, trying to have a hobby of some sort, balancing a social life and somewhere in between all that SLEEPING!  Its not always so easy to fit a workout into your daily schedule.  What is important to remember is that SOMETHING is always better than NOTHING when it comes to getting fit.  There are the usual remedies, like taking the stairs at work, using your lunch break to join a gym, put together a group of friends and go for nightly walks/runs, do a 10 mins workout every morning when you wake up.  We’ve heard these solutions over and over again and they are all great ideas, but they don’t always work for everyone.  There are other ways to sneak some exercise into your daily routine though.  Even if you just start with something as simple as parking your car farther away from the doors of the store when you go grocery shopping, you are adding exercise to your routine!  Try lifting cans from your pantry while you sit and watch tv at night, or strap on ankle weights while you do your housework!  I Googled exercises you can do at work and got over 71,000,000 hits.  There are some great ideas for simple things you can do at your desk while you are working!!!   Both cardio and weight training are important parts of your workout regime. You have to remember that muscle burns fat, so if you want to increase your metabolism and burn the excess weight than you need to gain muscle, so DON’T SKIP THE WEIGHTS!!!  Don’t allow yourself to make excuses, because there is always something you can do.  I have even done push-ups on my kitchen counter while waiting for water to boil.  Just get moving, and you’ll see that the more you move the easier it is to keep moving.  Over time you should work yourself up to about 1 hour of good physical activity per day.  It doesn’t have to be all at once, it can be a half hour in the am and a half hour in the pm, or whatever works for you, but thats the goal your looking for.

Well, thats it for today’s post, in part 2 I’ll talk about alternative methods and DIET (dun dun dunnnnnn 😉 ) so stay tuned!  Take care everyone 🙂

I’m Healthy, I’m Happy, I’m Fertile, ttfn, xo

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