There is new research emerging linking Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome to the autoimmune spectrum.
Long thought to be a hormonal disturbance, research now suggests that before the hormonal dysregulation there is an immune dysfunction, starting with high levels of systemic inflammation.
Is unchecked chronic inflammation the root cause behind PCOS? We definitely need more research on the topic to confirm, but what we do know is that there is so much research currently linking the development of chronic disease with chronic low grade inflammation. So chronic inflammation it is definitely an aspect that you need to consider addressing when treating PCOS.
Here are 5 ways to reduce chronic inflammation.
1. Avoid a diet rich in pro-inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, sugar and processed food.
2. Add plenty of omega 3 rich food to your diet including chia seeds, salmon, avocado and olive oil.
3. Manage your stress levels. High stress levels can contribute to chronic inflammation.
4. Get enough sleep. A lack of sleep is a traumatic event for your body and will cause spikes in your cortisol levels which will exacerbate existing low grade inflammation.
5. Eat the color spectrum in vegetables. Colorful vegetables contain antioxidants that help reduce inflammation.
*Disclaimer: These posts are in no way intended to diagnose or treat anyone with any health concerns or conditions. Please speak to your health care provider if you have any health concerns or for tailored diet and lifestyle advice.