What is a Macro? Now that you signed up with me to change your lifestyle to Keto, Paleo or Carnivore, you need to learn how to calculate Macros (macronutrients). Each macronutrient yields a certain number of calories. One gram of protein yields 4 calories. One […]
Allieviating PMS, Female Cycle Issues and Fighting PCOS with Ketogenic Lifestyle
There are lots of stories of women reversing their PMS, Menopause and PCOS symptoms and even getting pregnant after changing their lifestyle and going keto. It can sometimes sound unbelievable that changing how you eat can change your female cycle and fertility.
What is PCOS? It’s a reproductive disorder that affects about 10-15% of all women.
The symptoms are upsetting: infrequent or absent menstrual periods, infertility, weight gain, acne, facial hair growth such as mustaches and sideburns, sometimes even losing scalp hair. Blood tests almost always show insulin resistance and higher male hormones (testosterone). Often the ovaries are found on ultrasound to be dotted with cysts.
Women with PMS and other hormone imbalances including PCOS are typically treated with a cocktail of drugs such as birth control pills, the diabetes prescription Metformin used to lower blood sugar, (because you are insulin resistant) and medications for mood swings you experience such depression and anxiety. Then, if they want to get pregnant, fertility drugs are usually given to try to stimulate ovulation. At least 50% of the time the fertility drugs do not work and other techniques, such as in vitro fertilization are tried which is frustrating and costly.
What if the answer can be addressed with the right balance of nutrition? The Ketogenic personalized lifestyle that you would be on working with me.
Eating a low carbohydrate, high fat, moderate protein lifestyle can lower insulin and reverse insulin resistance in women and women with menstrual cycle issues, cysts, hormone imbalances including endometriosis and PCOS, and will helping to balance your hormones. This will then enables ovulation and a normal menstrual cycle, while reducing or eliminating other symptoms.
Please keep in mind I am not a physician, but I personally did have endometrial cancer stage 4 and had severe PMS from age 12 to 34, PCOS, infertility issues and had to have a total hysterectomy at age 34 when we were still trying to have another child. I went through mood swings, doctors always said “oh you are just depressed or angry because you can’t have another baby, here’s a prescription”. I wasn’t sleeping, “oh here’s a prescription for that”. I hated taking prescription medication to function daily. I studied to become a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant and I also spent a 4 day long weekend with Suzanne Somers at the America Academy of Aging (A4M) in Orlando along with 4000 other doctors to learn integrative health. I strongly encourage you to speak to a health professional about addressing your thyroid and bio-identical therapy which I have used successfully for almost 20 years with great success for elimination of many symptoms after going through surgical menopause and with high fat, low carbohydrate, moderate protein protein, I have my life back.
One of the many healthy benefits of the ketogenic diet in women is Hormonal balance and wellness. The Ketogenic lifestyle isn’t just about losing weight, it eases and eliminates PMS, Endometriosis, Infertility, and PCOS. I have all women clients eat 20 or less grams of carbs as it seems to be the best threshold to help with all PMS and Menopausal symptoms.
The Messenger of Health also highly encourages everyone to practice avoiding daily stress. This is the hardest of all with some women trying to juggle the workplace and a home and family. Or you are trying so hard to find answers to you are performing highly intensive exercises to release the stress but it does the opposite. Women also do not know how to relax and get unplugged from devices because cell phones, tablets, TV are all attached to us and we just don’t stop thinking. Try to make it a new habit to shut off tablets, phones, at about 7:00-7:30 pm and just relax and have quality time, walk the beach, take yoga or pilates, and just breathe. Take a hot bath in Epsom salt and rest. Your body will be adapting to a new lifestyle and it has been in the old stressed out over-worked one for awhile so let’s take this journey hormonal balance and overall wellness together one step at a time. I have been there and I will be here for you.
What is a Ketogenic diet? It is a new lifestyle approach in which you change your diet depleting it of carbs, and your glycogen levels drop and you enter into a state of ketosis—a process in which your body burns ketone bodies to avoid draining […]