People with chronic fatigue and polycystic ovaries experience worsening symptoms with poor diet, lack of exercise, and stress. Additional symptoms of polycystic ovaries are increased body hair, low or absent menstruation, weight gain, mood swings, acne and fertility problems. Lifestyle changes help alleviate these symptoms. With normal ovarian function the ovaries produce a single healthy egg that is released once per month during ovulation. With Polycystic disease the ovary is enlarged, ovulation is involved with many follicles that bunch together like a clump of grapes. This malfunction in the ovaries produces an excess of hormones. If the hormones are prevented from absorbing from the intestinal tract a build up of toxins will occur. The liver is also affected, as the intestines will release these excess hormones into the liver for filtering. This build up has an inflammatory effect on individuals with polycystic ovaries as well as Epstein bar chronic fatigue.
With the increase of polycystic ovaries a risk of diabetes develops. The body will then have a difficult time regulating proper blood sugar levels and insulin resistance results. This in turn leads to an increase in inflammatory tissue and will cause further discomfort for patients with Fibromyalgia, chronic muscle fatigue and sufferers of polycystic ovaries.
Proper eating habits are indicated to alleviate the stress placed on the bowel and liver. A diet high in fibre and nutrients forces the bowel to move, which results in the removal of unwanted hormones. The diet should consist of a higher percentage of vegetables, at least 5 servings per day, as these will move food through the digestive track and they are high in anti oxidants, which help maintain healthy tissue. When considering carbohydrates it is best to choose foods low on the glycaemic index. These are carbohydrates that are slowly absorbed into the body and do not have a marked affect on blood sugar level. Examples of these foods are whole grains and green vegetables.
Foods high in omega 3 such as herring, mackerel, anchovies, sardines and tuna are anti inflammatory foods an they are suggested for individuals with Polycystic ovaries, chronic fatigue syndrome and Fibromyalgia.
An increase phyto-oestrogens help balance excess levels of hormones in the body that occur with individuals with polycystic ovaries. Examples of these foods are chickpeas, red clover, beans, lentils, miso, linseeds, tempeh, and soybeans.
Drinking plenty of pure water daily forces the body to flush toxins and hormones from the gut and adds to the overall approach of treating this disease.
Avoid any food that causes the gut to shut down. These foods are sugar, processed foods, white flour, foods high in fat, and foods that contain zenoestrogens. These are harmful compounds that increase oestrogens levels in the body and they are found in plastic containers, plastic wraps, and microwaveable containers that cause an increase in hormones. If possible avoid non-organic foods as they contain higher levels or residual pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Certain creams and lotions have zenoestrogens and should not be used.
Exercise should be practiced on a daily basis as weight gain is common in women with Polycystic ovaries. A program that promotes increasing the metabolism in order for the bowel to move toxins along is suggested. These activities include yoga, brisk walking, low impact aerobics, swimming and dancing.