Benefits of Magnesium for PCOS

Women with PCOS are 19 times more likely to have a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is also a cofactor involved in hundreds of important reactions such as regulating glucose and insulin levels. In fact, having low levels of magnesium increases your risk for having type 2 diabetes. Many factors can cause low magnesium levels. Deficiency can cause problems such as migraines, anxiety, high blood pressure and insulin resistance. Here’s what women with PCOS should know about the health benefits of magnesium.

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Natural PMS Relief for PCOS

For some women, having PCOS can feel like living with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) on a daily basis. But for the women with PCOS who have periods, PMS can make you feel even worse, having a significant impact on quality of life. Nutrient levels in the body fluctuate during a woman’s menstrual cycle. Many important nutrients such as the ones listed, are found to dip during the week or so leading up to a woman’s period and may contribute to worsening PMS symptoms. Here are some natural treatments that have been shown in clinical trials to improve symptoms associated with PMS:

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8 Motivating Tips for Exercising for PCOS

Regular physical activity, or exercise, is an essential part of managing polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). If you’re like some women though, exercise may be one of the last things you want to do. Many women with PCOS have had negative experiences with exercise or associate it as punishment that only happens when one is dieting. Others who let poor body image take over their lives and don’t want to be seen exercising in public. Moving your body can be hard work. But the rewards of exercise outweigh the negatives.Over time, I have come to enjoy giving my body physical activity and even look forward to it.  Here’s what’s helped me. I hope these tips motivate you to exercise as well.

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Food Sensitivities and PCOS: An Underlying Inflammatory Culprit?

Food sensitivities are much more common than food allergies or intolerances yet many people don’t know they have one. Women with PCOS tend to have more inflammation than those without the condition. A regular intake of a food they are reactive to can be the cause of a constant immune reaction causing low grade inflammation in their body and worsening PCOS symptoms. This inflammation can begin affecting organ systems very distant from the gut, like the brain, joints, thyroid tissue and so on. Guest blogger and dietitian Caitlin Johnson shows us what women with PCOS should know about food sensitivities.

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PCOS and Microbiome: 5 Easy Ways to Improve Gut Health

Can the food you eat affect your PCOS? You bet! The gut microbiome in women with PCOS have been found to be different than those without the syndrome. Making changes to improve your microbiome can improve your PCOS and how you feel both physically and emotionally. The good news: changes made to your diet can improve the functioning of your gut in as little as 24 hours. Here are 5 easy ways to do it.

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Dark Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding with Coconut Whipped Cream

Here’s a dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth, but is also filled with PCOS-fighting superfoods. Did you know that cocoa powder is an antioxidant and a good source of zinc? Adequate intake of zinc may improve alopecia, acne, and hirsutism in women with PCOS. We’ve swapped out traditional dairy whipping cream for coconut cream that adds a richness and decadence to this tasty dessert. You won’t believe how easy it is to make this sweet treat!

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