Most women with PCOS know that avoiding bad carbs, sugars and processed foods are crucial to maintaining a healthy diet while dealing with PCOS.
But most of us don’t know about dairy. And you might be surprised!
The issues with dairy do not come from the lactose or the fat, but instead come from the excess amount of hormones and Insulin Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 is a hormone stimulant that mimics the role of Insulin. Women who suffer from PCOS tend to have ovaries that are overly sensitive to IGF-1, which means even the smallest amounts of IGF-1 can cause our ovaries to go into overdrive. Aside from the increased levels of IGF-1, dairy is also loaded with excess amounts of testosterone, estradiol, progesterone, corticosterone, oxytocin and prolactin. Women with PCOS already suffer from an extreme case of hormone sensitivity so adding any extra hormones is never a good idea.
So if no dairy, how do I get calcium?
Calcium needs to be in balance with other minerals, especially magnesium. In fact, most of us are deficient in magnesium, more so than calcium. And, there are many other ways to get your daily calcium.
Here are some fabulous choices
- Sesame Seeds
- Beans (such as)
- Great Northern Beans
- Navy Beans
- Red Kidney Beans
- Dark Leafy Greens (such as)
- Collard Greens
- Bok Choy
Add these foods into your diet to help you maintain healthy calcium levels without incorporating dairy. Studies have even shown that exercise and digestion also play critical roles in getting adequate amounts of calcium. By cutting out dairy from your diet, not only will you lose weight and feel great, but you could also see improvements with your PCOS symptoms (especially acne)!