Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects women nowadays. According to an AIIMS study, 20-25% of Indian women of reproductive age suffer from PCOS.
In most cases, hormonal imbalance causes irregular periods, acne, excessive body hair, weight gain, frequent mood swings, hair thinning, and dark patches on the skin. Experts frequently recommend making lifestyle changes, such as eating healthier and exercising every day.
As corny as it may sound, your parents were correct when they told you to avoid junk food and get up early to exercise. However, given our hectic work schedules, we frequently find it difficult to manage all of this.
We spoke with nutritionist and The Healthy Pantry founder Khushboo Jain Tibrewala to bring you a recipe for a morning drink that can help you with the condition.
Giving Up Dairy Products To Manage PCOS
Tibrewala stated that in many cases, patients are asked to abstain from dairy foods. This is due to the fact that they cause insulin resistance in the body, which is thought to be the root cause of the syndrome.
Dairy products, such as cheese, can also cause inflammation in the body, which leads to insulin resistance and worsens PCOS symptoms. However, Tibrewala stated that it is not a certain solution.
She claims that while avoiding dairy may be beneficial, it can also lead to a calcium deficiency in the body. Dairy is also a source of protein for vegetarians, who would suffer if they had to give up milk, curd, paneer, and other dairy products.
Morning Drink For Managing PCOS
The morning drink recipe shared below is loaded with calcium, fibre, iron, magnesium, selenium, vitamin B and protein.
- 1 Tablespoon white sesame seeds
- 8 Almonds soaked overnight
- 1 Teaspoon red sesame seeds
- 1 Teaspoon black sesame seeds
- 2 Small Dates
- 1/2 Teaspoon Matcha tea
- 1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon powder
- A cup of water
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and pour the thick smoothie into a glass.
- Drink it first thing in the morning.
Tibrewala stated that cinnamon powder enhances the flavour and aids in the treatment of insulin resistance. Matcha tea is widely regarded as one of the world’s most potent anti-inflammatory foods.
You can also add raisins because they aid in the treatment of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Dates, on the other hand, help to increase energy levels. The nutritionist recommends including turmeric, a spice with numerous health benefits such as anti-inflammatory properties, lower risk of heart disease, aiding the body in fighting free radicals, and so on.