From Someone Who Healed PCOS Naturally.
After I developed PCOS in 2014, I spent a lot of time in trial and error until I finally healed naturally. In the process, I learnt a few tips that I’m sharing with you today in the hope you will find them useful.
Mindset is everything.
I was trapped in the belief this was something happening TO me, that I had no control over, that my body was my enemy and basically something was wrong with me.
First things first, we need to reframe symptoms as messengers.
“Don’t kill the messenger”, right? The messenger carries important information. The body, with its infinite wisdom developed over millennia of survival, has excellent reasons to manifest symptom X at time Z. The messenger is not the cause of the trouble, only its voice - its expression.
This is why symptom management is so dangerous. By suppressing the pressure cooker’s sole outlet, we only increase the pressure of the cooker - potentially until it explodes. What we really want is to lower the intensity of the flame, thus naturally lowering the pressure so it doesn’t need to vent anymore.
Once you listen to the messages, the underlying thread starts to become apparent. You become sensitive to the foods, the people, the situations, the emotions that trigger messages. What doesn’t serve you.
I read somewhere that life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you. Every experience serves a purpose, to advance us in some way. Listening to the messages sent by my body enabled me to recognise those situations, persons, foods that were not serving me and to part from them.
For instance, I gave up coffee and sugar because they caused me incredible flare-ups.
This allowed me to befriend my body and redevelop a loving, caring relationship with this incredible vessel that enables my existence. I endeavoured to reconnect with it through movement practices. Dancing and yoga worked for me personally.
How did PCOS serve me? I only realise now how blessed i was to go through this experience. To become so attuned with my body and tap into its higher wisdom procured me compass to calibrate my life choices.
E-motion, root of all dis-ease.
Emotions aren’t inherently good or bad. They just are - if we allow them to be. The purpose of an emotion is to initiate movement. Once movement is initiated, the emotion evaporates: it has served its purpose.
This is what makes them energetically potent. This potential to generate action can become harmful if the emotion is repressed and ignored. An emotion that doesn’t serve its purpose lingers around. It simmers just below the surface, ready to jump at the first car that cuts your off. Or it sits deep in the pit of the stomach and its dynamic potential causes havoc.
In my practice (and i know many natural health coaches would agree on that), all illnesses can be traced back to an unresolved, undigested emotion that couldn’t manifest its potential and initiate action. Sometimes that action can be simply to sit with the grief and acknowledge it. Sometimes it requires a much-feared conversation with someone.
Exploring, addressing and releasing those emotions is paramount to a cure. No amount of good food and healthy lifestyle can make up for this step.
Have you heard that sitting is the new smoking?
Out of all the modern western lifestyle aberrations, sedentariness is perhaps the worse. Up until our great-grandparents generation, people were walking and standing all day, working the fields. Sedentary clerk jobs in the city were relatively rare. Official recommendations of 10’000 steps don’t even come close to what an active lifestyle really means.
The lymphatic system is responsible for draining out waste products and toxic elements out of the body. This crucial element of our immune system doesn’t have a pump of its own. Instead, its flow is stimulated by the contraction of muscles. A sluggish, sub-optimal lymphatic system contributes to low-grade, chronic inflammation. Which is now widely recognised as the root cause of all modern civilisation diseases.
To put a final nail in the coffin, chair design itself turns out to be detrimental to the body. This unnatural seating position causes a wrong angle of the hip and poor spinal alignment. As a result, bodyweight rests on the thighs and buttocks and creates compression. This causes varicose veins and impairs proper flow of major lymph nodes in the groin area. Sitting on the floor cross-legged or squatting Asia-style is actually more natural to the body and less harmful.
So in a nutshell, move as often and as much as possible; and invest in an ergonomic chair if you have a desk job.
Microbiome is a trending word in the natural health community. 10 years ago when I developed PCOS, I had no idea of the link between gut health and chronic inflammation.
Then I came across a published paper that explores that causality link between leaky gut and PCOS. It explains how leaky gut generates a low-grade, chronic inflammation that simulates the immune system, which drives blood insulin levels up, which causes the ovaries to produces more androgens.
Repairing the gut barrier and restoring a balanced, beneficial microbiome are paramount to healing.
Nourish the body
Cells in your body constantly regenerate. This process requires a lot of quality building blocks from nutrient-dense foods. Just like you wouldn’t run a Ferrari on cheap low-cost oil, you don’t build a healthy, high-performance, designed-to-last body with cheap, low-quality, processed foods.
To be frank, food should make up a significant chunk of your budget. Consider making time to prepare healthy meals one your priorities. No two-way about it.
Improve stress & sleep
Stress may be the #1 obstacle to healing. Stress elevates cortisol levels, which stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and drives androgens up.
Whichever strategy works for you to off-load and deal with stress, use it. If you don’t have one yet, experiment and set yourself to find it. It may be a practice like tai-chi, yoga or meditation, or kickboxing or zumba or sex. It doesn’t matter. Get out of your head and into your body.
You will sleep better. And as you know, sleep is the body’s natural repair system.
Humans die faster from sleep deprivation than food deprivation. Lack of sleep significantly increases levels of inflammation, hormonal imbalances, appetite and cravings for foods associated with weight gain.
Minimize environmental toxicity
Since the inception of petroleum-derived products, more than 80’000 different chemicals have been developed. Although 10% only are commonly used by the industry, most of them have not been tested for long-term exposure or for cumulative effect.
Obviously these endocrine disruptors represent a major obstacle to healing for a body already in toxic overload. Swap home cleaning products, laundry detergents, body and hair care, make-up, sunscreen, candles and air fresheners, cookware, food storage items for eco-friendly, non-toxic options and buy organic produce whenever possible (meat and dairy most importantly).
What do you think?
What can you implement today?
What can you prepare for tomorrow?
Feel free to reach out to me to comment and discuss this important topic.