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Updated January 6th, 2024 at 08:58 IST

PCOD diet: Foods you must eat and avoid to strike hormonal balance

Suffering from PCOD? Here is a detailed review of things you should eat and avoid to strike hormonal balance.

PCOD diet: Foods you must eat and avoid to strike hormonal balance
PCOD diet: Foods you must eat and avoid to strike hormonal balance | Image:Unsplash
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PCOD is a condition that arises from hormonal imbalances and genetic predisposition. It usually disrupts the rhythm of the menstrual cycle. The ovaries which are responsible for releasing mature eggs, deviate in individuals with PCOD. Instead the ovaries start releasing immature eggs that evolve into cysts. For the unversed, these are small sacs filled with fluid. 

This further leads to ovarian enlargement and an overproduction of androgens. Some symptoms of this disease include menstrual irregularity, excess hair growth, acne and obesity.

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However, as serious as the situation may be, it can be easily regulated by making certain dietary changes. Here are certain foods you should eat and avoid to avert PCOD.

Foods you should eat 

High fiber foods: PCOD often involves insulin resistance, and incorporating high-fiber foods into your diet can help stabilise blood sugar levels. You can include whole foods like brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat bread, as well as legumes like lentils and beans.

Healthy fats: Healthy fats are essential for hormone production. Avocados, nuts and seeds act as rich sources of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

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Antioxidant-rich fruits: Berries, cherries, and other colourful fruits are abundant in antioxidants. This helps in the reduction of inflammation and oxidative stress which is linked to PCOD. 

Green leafy vegetables: Green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, and broccoli are rich in essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin K, folate, and iron. 

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Foods you should avoid 

Sugary beverages: Sugary soft drinks, fruit juices, and energy drinks should be avoided at any cost. They are often packed with added sugars that can quickly elevate blood sugar levels. 

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Highly sugary foods: Cakes, pastries, candies, and other sugary treats should not be regularly consumed. Their high sugar content can lead to rapid blood sugar fluctuations.

Excessive caffeine: Excessive caffeine consumption can disrupt hormone balance. It is very much advisable to limit caffeine-containing beverages like coffee in your PCOD diet. 

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Published January 6th, 2024 at 08:58 IST

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