At Flo Living, we’re dedicated to holistic menstrual health care for all women, whether you’re experiencing period problems—or you feel pretty good and want to stay that way.
That’s because I suffered for years with PCOS before I put my symptoms into remission with food and lifestyle. When my PCOS was active, I struggled with weight loss resistance, acne, anxiety, depression, and missing and irregular periods. I lived with pain, shame, and fear—fear that I would never find a solution, fear that I would want a baby one day and not be able to get pregnant, fear that there was no hope.
I saw doctor after doctor—maybe you have, too?—and I tried a raft of different clinical approaches, sometimes with alarming results. Soon I realized that Western medicine couldn’t help me—in part because PCOS is a ‘castaway condition,’ like many other gynecological issues, and doesn’t garner a lot of research attention, and, in part, because drugs (the main tool in the Western medical arsenal for women with PCOS) don’t heal the root causes of PCOS. They only pave over symptoms.
In that moment, I knew it was up to me to really understand what was happening in my body and how to use food and lifestyle to heal my symptoms. So that’s what I did. Today, I have worked with thousands of women over the course of two decades to get the same results I got — clear skin, weight loss, regular cycles, stable moods, less fatigue, and symptom-free periods.
How did I put my PCOS in remission? How did I help thousands of other women erase the symptoms of PCOS? I threw myself into the research and developed an evidence-based protocol for supporting hormone health and erasing PCOS.
If you’re reading this right now, you may be where I was two decades ago: in pain, dismissed by the medical system, and desperate for answers. You may even have tried lifestyle approaches (I did) to no avail.
You don’t need to suffer anymore. I’m going to teach you how to use food and supplements to address the root causes of PCOS and heal your symptoms.
Why Drugs Don’t Cure PCOS
Women with PCOS are often prescribed hormonal birth control to manage symptoms. But that is all the pill can do: manage. It is a Band-aid solution, one that doesn’t address PCOS’s root causes. So you might notice an improvement in symptoms while you’re on the pill, but once you go off the pill, your symptoms are destined to return—and often they come back with a vengeance. That’s because the entire time you’re on the pill, the underlying hormone imbalance is left untreated. Plus, the pill works by suppressing normal hormonal processes, which ultimately makes the hormone imbalances that contribute to PCOS even worse. (Not to mention that the pill has a bunch of other gnarly side effects, too.)
The other pharmaceutical “solution” for PCOS is metformin, which is a drug designed to lower blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity—two health metrics that are often a factor in PCOS. But there are different types of PCOS, and only one of them is characterized by insulin resistance. So metformin won’t work for some women with PCOS and even when it does ‘work,’ it is doing so by acting as a Band-Aid, just like the pill.
Plus, if you don’t also change your diet and lifestyle, metformin won’t solve the root hormone imbalance that is fueling your symptoms. What’s more, the drug has some ugly side effects, like digestive distress to increased risk for cognitive impairment. If you opt to take metformin, it needs to be thought of as a short-term solution. This isn’t a long term fix!
Food As Medicine for PCOS
PCOS affects up to five million women in the US. The list of PCOS symptoms is long: weight gain, weight loss resistance, acne, missing or irregular periods, thinning hair on the top of the head and excess hair on the face and chest. Plus, PCOS comes with some potential long-term dangers. The condition has been associated with increased risk of chronic conditions, like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and stroke.
The first step in putting PCOS into remission is using food as medicine. If you’re struggling with PCOS, I want you to think of food as a ‘drug’ you take three (or more) times a day. That’s how powerful food is when it comes to erasing PCOS symptoms.
Food and nutrition is important for addressing every hormonal condition, but it is especially critical for women with PCOS. That’s because PCOS often involves abnormalities in blood sugar stability and insulin sensitivity, which in turn interfere with ovulation. A lot of factors affect blood sugar and insulin, including genetics and gut health, but the single biggest factor that influences blood sugar is what you eat and don’t eat.
A diet high in simple carbs and added sugars is a disaster for blood sugar balance, whereas a diet high in phytonutrient- and fiber-rich vegetables, healthy fats, lean protein, and complex carbohydrates from whole foods (like sweet potatoes) keeps blood sugar steady. Emphasizing these foods is your first goal in healing PCOS.
When you eat matters, too. I created the practice of matching your nutrition with your unique hormonal needs each week called The Cycle Syncing Method™, and this way of eating helps support your unique hormonal needs during each phase of your 28-day menstrual cycle. You can get started with The Cycle Syncing Method™ by downloading the MyFlo app and tracking your cycle.
Best Foods for PCOS
So what foods should you emphasize to reverse PCOS? Here are some of my favorite foods for balancing your blood sugar, correcting the hormone imbalances that fuel PCOS, and feeling your best:
Salmon. PCOS is an inflammatory process, and salmon, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids, is a powerful inflammation fighter.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil. EVOO is another source of healthy fat that will help reduce inflammation and keep blood sugar steady.
Nuts and seeds. Because they are also high in healthy fats, nuts and seeds are low-glycemic, which means they won’t put you on the blood sugar roller coaster, which is critical to avoid when you have PCOS.
Avocados. Ditto. This fruit (yes, fruit!) is full of healthy fat and healing phytonutrients. Don’t be afraid to make it a mainstay of your diet.
Cruciferous vegetables. Veggies like broccoli, cabbage, kale, arugula, and rutabaga, are some of the most nutrient dense plants you can eat, and this is great for cellular health and liver health. You need a lot of healing phytonutrients to keep inflammation low and flush out excess hormones and toxins.
Cinnamon. Cinnamon helps lower blood glucose levels. It’s delicious, too. Eat it as often as you can, but avoid sugar traps, like fall’s favorite drink the pumpkin spice latte. These drinks have cinnamon, yes, but they are also drowning in sugar, which defeats the point.
Best Supplements for PCOS
Micronutrient support is essential for women with PCOS. Our bodies need extra nutrient support to repair and heal. Specifically, I recommend:
Cinnamon. You can take cinnamon as a supplement to stabilize blood sugar. New Chapter makes a high-quality cinnamon supplement.
Selenium. Selenium also helps with progesterone production. It supports liver function, too.
Zinc. Zinc helps stabilize testosterone levels. Research has shown that taking zinc can have beneficial effects—and quickly!—for women with PCOS.
Vitamins D, K1, and K2. This trio of vitamins supports healthy immune function and regular ovulation. You can find all these supplements together in the Balance Supplement Kit I created specifically to bring hormones back into balance.
Always remember that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that finally start to work for you! You can do this – the science of your body is on your side!
BALANCE by FLO Living Hormone Supplement Kit
Because you’ve asked for hormone-friendly supplement recommendations, I created a solution that I am so thrilled to be able to offer to you on your hormonal balancing journey:
Balance by FLO Living Supplements are a complete package that work together to keep your hormone levels healthy. They include a 2 month(2 cycle) supply of the following formulations so you’re never caught short in any phase of your cycle.
When you take these 5 supplements daily, you’ll be giving your body excellent micronutrients to support healthier hormone levels. Which means that you’ll start to see your worst period symptoms get better… and even disappear after a while.