Thanks again for sticking around for my PCOS journey tips. I hope they are helping you in some way.
Continuing on with more tips today it’s all about supplements that I think have really helped and foods that I avoid.
Through all my PCOS, hormone imbalance issues, and acne research there is so much out there that can help you in your healing. And for me these are what helped me the most. The things that I feel are worth it.
PCOS – balancing hormones supplement superfoods and 5 foods to avoid to help heal the body.
I say these are my PCOS supplement superfoods and foods I avoid at the time because they seem to work for me. Remember they may or may not work for you. Only you really know YOUR body. You know it the best! Remember it sends you signals all day. And for me – my BIG signal that hormones are still not balanced (YET) is my face still having break outs. And my period almost normal again, but still not quite every month yet. Getting close.
Again most skin issues start in the GUT. So I am still doing my best to heal my gut and digestion to help my hormones get back to balance. The whole body needs to be working together to be happy all around
Hormones are complicated. Life is complicated. And knowing what supplements or what to eat to help can be complicated. Believe me I know! Over this whole year I have been really playing around with things in my life and diet, and finding new supplements that I feel really work. Supplements that I feel are truly worth the money. Supplements that I have been taking for months and probably will continue to take for a few more.
First is supplement superfoods for PCOS focus balancing hormones and in the long run helped my hormonal acne:
- Fermented cod liver oil —> if you can’t afford it then take regular cod liver oil; for me personally I take 2 tsp a day. I have taken flax oil a few years ago and Udo’s oil blend before but never got the results that I have seen with fermented cod liver oil. Great source for my Vitamin D, which supports hormone function. Provides the building blocks for hormone function.
- Coconut oil –> higher dosage for healing purposes like 4-5 tbsp a day. The caprylic acid and lauric acid in coconut oil plays a key roles in protecting the digestive tract, help with inflammation and the gut.
- Magnesium –> through a variety of ways from magnesium oil, pills, and drinking Calm; I try to get 600-900mg a day. Helps with hundreds of things with the body from helping the gut and sleep which all effect hormones.
- L-glutamine —> I take the powder form of it, I take about 20g a day. This helps continue to heal my gut, so once my gut is healed my hormones should be too.
- Niacin spray (topical) —> I feel it has really helped with my inflammation and acne on face. I tried to take niacin pills but could not always remember so I tried a topical spray and my skin really seems to like it.
- ** Vitex and Estroblock are more newer supplements but I feel have helped the most with controlling acne and getting my period
Other things that I feel have helped that aren’t supplement related but have over time really helped my hormones:
- Eating whole foods. Avoid processed and packaged foods as best as I can.
- Avoid irritating foods (see my avoid lists below).
- Get better sleep. I make it a priority.
- Exercise. A mix of high intensity and low. No long cardio.
- Reduce stress. Something I do daily!!
- Stop snacking and eat MEALS.
- Stop being so restrictive on eating. A hard thing to do as I try to still avoid foods that may cause stress or inflammation to my body but I try to do it in a way that I don’t feel restrictive.
- Eat high quality foods – grass-fed, local, organic as much as I can.
- Good amount of protein 70-100g a day. (Stephanie recommends 50-100g in her book).
- Eat liver a few times a week.
- Eat a lot of healthy fats.
Now onto the foods that I personal avoid. Again I did my research and felt these are the items I really wanted to do my best to avoid to see if it would help. And I feel it has. Every body is different, but if you are struggling with PCOS, hormone issues or acne and you haven’t tried avoiding these yet, I recommend to give it a try. See if you notice anything.
5 Foods to avoid to help with PCOS, balancing hormones and acne:
- Soy – is a phytoestrogen (a fake estrogen), contains estrogen like properties which leads to hormone confusion; and it is usually highly processed (at least most things found here in the US, if you want to eat soy just make sure it comes from a good source)
- Flax- (flax seeds and flax oil) – also contains phytoestrogens (still a debate if good or bad), but I avoid it.
- Gluten (and wheat) – affects nutrient absorption and can be very hard to digest; really I just feel better without it
- Too much sugar – really too much of anything can be bad, but we all know that excess sugar is bad for overall health
- Bad fats – the trans fats which cause inflammation and Omega-6 oils (really the only oils/fats I use are coconut oil and occasional ghee)
That is my current list of supplement superfoods, things that have helped me, and foods that I avoid.
I am not perfect. But I have seen great improvement in my body over the past several months from starting to realize my gut needed help and continuing to find what foods work for my body. It has taken a LONG time, but I never gave up. I continued to try new things and research until I started to really see results. Realize that YOU can heal. It will take a long time, but it will be worth it in the end!
I will be back next week with more on PCOS and exercise (and weight-loss help). Thanks again for letting me share my journey and tips with you. Questions let me know.
Twins question: Any supplement that you consider to be your superfood? A supplement that you feel is worth the money?
be passionate and fit,