Are you going through a roller coaster of emotions because things don’t go the way you want them to, or sometimes without any reason? Are acne, obesity, hypertension, facial hair, irregular periods, sluggishness, and hair loss giving you the jitters? Has your craving for sweets increased lately?
It is true that PCOS puts you through a lot more than you can handle. But worry will not take you anywhere. Try a few natural means to deal with PCOS and find yourself in the right spirit to take on your life with a smile.
Some of us might mistake the symptoms of PCOS with PCOS itself. You might want to consult an Ayurvedic doctor, who’ll diagnose if you have PCOS or not.
#1 Choose a healthy lifestyle
Did you know that fine-tuning your lifestyle to suit your health can totally reverse the effects of PCOS? For instance, you can adjust your work timings in such a way that you get a minimum of 7 to 8 hours of sleep. If you are having difficulty in sleeping, a tablet of Narayan Kalpa after dinner and before bedtime might help. It is an Ayurvedic medicine that helps de-stress both mind and body and induces sleep. Moreover, it has no side-effects. But we advise that you consult one of our Ayurvedic doctors before taking this medicine. Once you’ve consulted the doctor, you can buy it online here or from an Art of Living Divine Shop close to your residence.
Does your work give you stress? You can beat stress at the workplace by following a few simple tips. As far as possible, complete your work at office and avoid carrying it home.
The lesser you are stressed, the faster you’ll recover!
#2 Bust some stress!
Problems always come knocking at your door unwelcomed. And along with it comes stress in all its various forms – anxiety, impatience, irritability, restlessness, hypertension, and even mood swings!
There is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. The only true path to freedom is meditation. An immediate sign of being overpowered by stress is low prana. Do you know what prana is? It is similar to what you feel when you rise and fall on a see-saw. When you rise, you feel a gush of wind that elates you. That is what it feels like to have a high prana level. When you land with a thud, possibly even hurting yourself a little, that feeling is quite similar to what you might feel when your prana or energy level is low. When our prana level is high, we are naturally happy and relaxed, and that’s how meditation helps. It boosts our energy levels phenomenally and we find ourselves free of negative emotions.
Hari Om meditation, in particular, is effective in treating PCOS. It is a meditation where our attention is guided to energy centers in the body, releasing stress and unblocking our energy channels. It helps in the proper flow of energy. Dr Shiksha Thakur, an Ayurveda expert, confirms that most of her patients who tried this meditation on a regular basis have given positive feedback.
#3 Burn the excess fat!
PCOS is a condition where cysts develop around your ovaries. These cysts are fat and your body cannot metabolize them. However, there is nothing to worry about because you can burn it through exercise. “If you are obese, you need to get rid of the extra fat, especially that which has deposited around your abdomen”, adds Dr Thakur.
Yoga Asanas that are beneficial include Naukasana, Gomukhasana, and Veerabhadrasana.
It’s also advisable to do Surya Namaskar, which is a series of 12 Asanas. It is an excellent way to loose fat and look fab! It exercises all parts of your body and is the equivalent of a rejuvenating full body massage.
#4 Listen to your body
If you have been skipping breakfast or have been having it too late, you might want to relook your morning routine. An empty stomach might give you a headache. The digestive fire is at its peak in the morning and slows down towards the end of the day. If this fire is not fed with food, it burns our head instead and causes migraines.
It is advisable to have breakfast within 2 hours of waking up. If you find it hard to eat on time, eat an apple or some fruit at the least. This will regulate your sweet intake because your blood sugar level might shoot rapidly at times, encouraging excessive insulin production, which puts you at a higher risk of diabetes.
What type of food should I eat?
1 - Avoid fried food or junk for breakfast as they can make you feel sick.
2 - Try fruits, milk, nuts, oats, and so on as they are wholesome and nutritious
3 - Add fibre to your diet as it balances sugar levels and helps in the removal of excessive oestrogen.
4 - Street food, junk, sour and spicy food, and pickles need to be avoided.
5 - Avoid sweet foodstuff, as those with PCOS are at a higher risk of diabetes.
6 - Avoid coffee; it stimulates insulin production and often has an adverse effect on them (not making sense). Avoid other caffeine products too.
7 - Learn the Ayurvedic style of cooking, which includes shallow frying, steaming, and baking vegetables.
8 - Consume coconut water to cool your system.
Read more tips in the sequel to this article
Written by Ravisha Kathuria
Based on meditation inputs by Bharathy Harish, Sahaj Samadhi Meditation teacher and Ayurveda inputs by Dr. Shiksha Thakur, Ayurveda Expert