Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) has complex contributory factors.
Besides a genetic predisposition, these result ultimately from lifestyle choices: Poor dietary habits , a weakened immune system, accumulated toxins in the digestive tract (including environmental toxins), and insulin resistance and obesity.
While the latter three factors require medical attention, diet is something you can control yourself. Here are a few essential rules of thumb:
· In general, eat food that is alkaline rather than acid-forming (a pH level of 7 is healthy).
· Choose the best quality, organically-grown foods that are available. Try to avoid ingredients with environmental pollutants.
· Without making a fetish of it, be moderate about what you eat. Limit fats to no more than 20-30% of your daily intake of calories, but take at least 40 gm. of carbohydrates.
· Keep grains (particularly the gluten rich) and legumes to a minimum. Prefer brown rice, buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa. Eat raw nuts and seeds.
· Eat all the non-starchy vegetables and sprouts you want. Use fruit and sugary vegetables moderately (avoid if you are prone to candida overgrowth).
· Seafood and freshwater fish are okay if free of contaminants and hormone growth; meat, if very lean and grass-fed.
· Take 70% of your food uncooked.
· Avoid all processed, re-constituted and refined foods (particularly refined carbs and hydrogenated oils), and all dairy and soy products.
Remember, PCOS or the ovarian cyst syndrome can be a systemic disorder that often arises out of imbalances in body chemistry. Though there are many natural PCOS treatment options and conventional treatments too, but their results are not satisfactory. Holistic remedies on the other hand treat the root causes, and once they are removed, the cyst does not come back again. Diet for PCOS can at best offer some respite - but if you want a permanent remedy - you have to go for holistic remedies.