What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), is a metabolic dysfunction which causes a hormone imbalance. This affects biological women’s bodies in many different ways and is related to insulin resistance, inflammation, hypothyroidism, fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, anxiety, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, acne, irregular and painful cycles, infertility, and more. This infographic below illustrates some possible symptoms.
Is There a Cure for PCOS?
There are no known cures for PCOS, however with a few changes and the help of a medical professional, symptoms can be reversed. By switching to a gluten free and dairy free diet (reduces inflammation and regulates insulin resistance), using CBD oil (reduces inflammation), and replacing high intensity exercise with slow weighted workouts (avoids stress hormone dysregulation), women can have drastically reduced symptoms and may even reverse PCOS. When PCOS symptoms are managed or reversed, women can experience weight loss, regular cycles, increased fertility, report feeling stronger, and have more natural energy throughout the day.
What is CBD? THC vs. CBD:
Cannabis is a genus of plants that include both hemp and marijuana. CBD (cannabidiol) stems from the hemp plant, the closest relative to the marijuana plant. Marijuana contains a dominant trace of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and is the chemical responsible for psychological effects. Unlike THC, CBD does not contain any ingredients that can cause psychoactive or “high” feelings such as euphoria, paranoia, lack of motivation, or increased appetite. Non-intoxicating CBD is known to decrease anxiety, reduce inflammation, and help with pain relief as well as sleep disorders. Also, CBD alleviates PCOS symptoms to help you through your day and achieve your health goals.
CBD Oil for PCOS
How can CBD oil benefit women with PCOS? CBD helps the body maintain homeostasis.
Homeostasis includes balancing the parts of your body affected by PCOS including your hormones, metabolism, and neurotransmitters. Fatigue caused by PCOS makes it harder to get adequate sleep at night, which can make weight loss difficult. CBD is known to help with sleep disorders, allowing you to get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep to promote weight loss. After talking to your doctor, try journaling your symptoms before you start daily CBD oil, diet changes, and exercise regimens, then compare your results after a few weeks. Since using CBD helps reduce inflammation and regulate insulin (PCOS symptom triggers), women can see improvement within a few weeks whether it is on the scale or their digestion, headaches, fatigue, and more. Keep in mind, everyone is different. Some women can see results in a few days and for some it takes a few months. Either way, consistency is key.
PCOS Weight Loss Diet Tips
In regards to your diet, start by reducing your gluten and dairy intake. It can take several months to learn how to consistently have a gluten and dairy free diet. Try almond milk or vegan cheese instead of dairy. There are also tons of surprisingly delicious gluten free pastas, bagels, and breads that taste just as good as their gluten counterparts.
Also, make sure you don’t cut too many calories. In fact, with PCOS too much of a calorie restriction can make your PCOS symptoms worse as cutting too many calories affects your metabolic function. Too much caffeine isn’t good for PCOS either. Try replacing coffee with calming organic tea made with CBD flowers. You can also drink about a gallon of water a day to help balance your hormones, reduce fatigue, and help with cravings.
It is important to realize that you also don’t need to cut out carbs to lose weight. With PCOS, it is a surprisingly healthier choice to try to find your carb tolerance range by testing how many carbs you can eat a day without symptoms. The more consistent you are with implementing these changes, the more results you may see.
CBD Weight Loss
After speaking with your doctor about using CBD oil, try adding it daily. This will help reduce inflammation, regulate your insulin and blood sugar levels, relieve anxiety and depression, and promote weight loss. Remember that this is a lifestyle change. Since you are slowly removing the PCOS triggers, weight loss will naturally occur over time when implementing these new regimes. Since there is no “cure” for PCOS, reversing PCOS through these simple consistent changes are truly found to be the most helpful. Adding a daily CBD oil will help you will ride along the happy road to reduced or reversed PCOS symptoms.
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