February is Heart Month. What does that have to do with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) or plant-based living?
Simply put, people with PCOS are at a greater risk of developing other metabolic disorders, including insulin resistance, diabetes, thyroid imbalance, and heart disease.
Plant-based diets are a growing phenomenon not just for their environmental impact, but their studied effects on our health as well. This includes a statistically lower risk for – and you might’ve guessed – these same metabolic disorders.
I came to plant-based living first through my love of animals. I stayed for its impacts on the environment and my health. I continue to focus on it to help manage estrogen dominance and PCOS and prevent the metabolic illnesses that run in my family.
And it’s why I built Love Plants for Life and create holistic wellness programs for people like us.
If you’re ready to get started with going plant-based, or you’re already there and want extra guidance, I invite you to check out my Services page.
In the meantime, here are a few of my favourite powerhouse foods (and an action) to help protect your heart and support PCOS symptoms:
- Reishi mushroom – anti-inflammatory, may help blood flow, may help blood sugar balance, and may help reduce hirsutism.
- MCT oil – medium chain triglycerides may help improve insulin sensitivity, and improve energy in the brain without spiking insulin.
- Flax seed – ground flax contains fiber and lignans, which bind to estrogen receptors and help keep estrogen in the body in balance; plus, the fiber also binds to excess cholesterol and metabolic wastes to eliminate them from the body.
- HIIT exercise – exercise helps improve how your body handles insulin, and this type of exercise, high-intensity interval training, is short but intense, without as much of a cortisol impact as steady-state cardio.