Healthy Eating With PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
Plant-based eating can offer several benefits for individuals with PCOS.
While more research is needed to fully understand the effects of a plant-based diet on PCOS specifically, adopting a plant-based eating pattern can contribute to overall health improvements, which may help manage PCOS symptoms. Some potential benefits of following a plant-based diet in treatment of PCOS include the following:
PCOS – POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME
What is PCOS?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age. In fact, PCOS is the most common endocrine condition in women of reproductive age. It is characterized by a combination of symptoms, including irregular menstrual periods, excess androgen (male hormone) levels, and enlarged ovaries that contain small collections of fluid (follicles), located in each ovary as seen during an ultrasound exam.
PCOS is associated with long term metabolic and psychological conditions such as diabetes, depression, and CVD (cardiovascular disease). It is a chronic condition with potential long lasting effects on a woman’s life.
Plant-Based Lifestyles: Brain Health
Prevent or slow down the progression of dementia/age-related cognitive decline. Dementia is a general term used to describe a decline in cognitive abilities (such as memory, language, and decision-making) that is severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily life. It is not a specific disease but rather a group of symptoms that are caused by various underlying conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and others.
Diet, Lifestyle, Genetics and Health
A simple overview of how diet and lifestyle changes can positively influence gene expression which in turn can have important effects on health and disease risks. Ever heard of the term EPIGENETICS? Epigenetics refers to changes in gene expression that occur without changes to the underlying DNA sequence. These changes can be hereditary and can be influenced by environmental factors, such as diet, lifestyle and environment.
Good Health and Happiness
How can good lifestyle and plant-based dietary choices help combat depression? A mind-blowing statistic (published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience) grabbed my attention: Higher consumption of vegetables may cut the odds of developing depression by as much as 62 percent! This review article concluded that, in general, eating LOTS of fruits and vegetables may present “a non-invasive, natural, and inexpensive therapeutic means to support a healthy brain.”
The Humble Soybean
The soybean is a humble, yet powerful legume that has been cultivated for centuries. With over 200 soy-related peer-reviewed articles published annually and research spanning 25 years, the soybean is a nutritional powerhouse that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Let’s take a closer look and discover all the incredible things it can do.
There is compelling evidence that following a plant-based diet can change your life for the better. Swapping animal-based-protein sources for plant-based-protein sources can help you lose weight, live longer, and even combat disease. Of course, one of the best sources of plant protein is the humble soy bean! Soy beans are an incredibly diverse and important food source, with scientifically proven health benefits. Why then, are consumers questioning its inclusion in daily diets?