PCOS, Coffee and women
I just wanted to share some interesting things I've found through a bit of research on Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome and high protein low carb diets. It turns out its one of the best things women with PCOS can do. It can have a number of effects suchs as leveling out hormone imbalances leading to more regular menstrual cycles, increased fertility, better skin and minimising many of the other effects of PCOS. It's to do with women with PCOS having insulin resistance so this diet is perfect for anyone with PCOS not just because of the weight loss!
Something else to be aware of for anyone with PCOS on this diet as coffee is allowed and even recommended because of the caffein but if you have PCOS just beware as caffeine increases estrogen levels. A study from Fertility and Sterility shows that drinking just two cups of coffee a day boosts levels of estradiol, a natural estrogen. Women who drink 4-5 cups of coffee a day produce 70% more estrogen in the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle (when the body is trying to produce a viable follicle for ovulation, which is already and issue in women with PCOS.)"
There are also a lot of conflicting reports about coffee increasing insulin levels in the body so I'm just steering clear of it all together on normal days instead going for lower caffein alternatives like teas and saving the coffee for my cheat day.
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Interesting. I don't have PCOS, that I know of, but have always had irregular periods. It's not unusual at all for me to skip several months and then have a really heavy one. So, I was surprised this month when it showed up on time! I'm convinced it had to do with the diet, but I guess we'll see what happens next month.
Since I can't use sweeteners anymore, I can barely get half a cup of coffee down before I want water. I may switch to tea, as well. I just can't believe how little caffeine I get now! I used to have nothing BUT caffeinated drinks all day.
Thanks for sharing!
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