Monday, October 31, 2016

Environmental elements of PCOS

Excessive facial hair can
be a PCOS symptom.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) us a condition with genetic links that affect some women's bodies their entire lives with symptoms such as weight gain, irregular periods, infertility, acne, hair growth on the face, and hair loss.

PCOS also increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease as the women ages.

Dr Fiona McCulloch, author of 8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS, has some tips for controlling environmental factors contributing to PCOS:

The key is to control endocrine disruptors--meaning factors that affect female hormones.

--PLASTICS. Avoid using plastics---use steel, glass, or ceramic containers. Never heat plastic containers of food in the microwave. Don't reuse plastic bottles. Get canned foods with BPA-free cans. Never use plastic sippy cups for kids.

--FOOD. Choose organic foods--especially "the dirty dozen"--apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, peaches, nectarines, potatoes, snap peas, spinach, strawberries, sweet bell peppers, and kale./collard. Drink reverse osmosis water. Peel all non-organic fruits and veggies. Avoid nonstick pans.

--BEAUTY. Avoid products listing parabens. Avoid BHA, BHT, Use chemical free soaps whenever possible. Avoid nail products with bibutyl phthalate. Check your products on http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Soy can be a problem for women with PCOS--he vast majority of soy is sprayed with glyphosphate--which we know as Roundup.

Women with PCOS have estrogen secretion issues--soy can complicate that.  So watch the tofu, soy milk lattes, and edamame.

We reuse plastic bottles...and don't buy organic produce. I wonder if we should be looking at this. We don't have PCOS.

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