Most women tend to gain weight at some point of their life. But women who have polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS find it very difficult to lose weight. It is because of hormonal imbalance which they face due to PCOS. (Read Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome-PCOS-An Ayurveda View). Ladies with PCOS become insulin resistant. This leads to production of androgens or male hormones. Increased androgens in woman’s body leads to apple shaped weight gain, increased facial hair and hoarseness of voice. (Read What are the Causes and Symptoms of PCOD? )
While addressing PCOS it is very important to address obesity also. Along with regular exercises there are other Ayurvedic kitchen herbs which help in PCOS and weight loss. Here is a list of these herbs and ways to use them. These herbs acts as Ayurvedic Treatment for PCOS at Home
CUMIN SEEDS OR JEERA : Cumin seeds are excellent natural remedy for PCOS which also help in weight loss. ( 8 Ayurvedic Weight Loss Herbs – Powerful Fat Burners ). These seeds normalise digestion and stimulates digestion. They boost metabolism and aids in healthy digestion.
How to use Cumin Seeds in PCOS to lose weight: The best way to use cumin seeds is to boil 2 tea spoons of cumin seeds in 1 litre of water. Store this water in a thermos and drink 1/2 glass of warm jeera water every hour. Another alternative is lightly roast cumin seeds and powder it. You can store this powder in an air tight container. Sprinkle this powder on salads, juices or smoothies.
TURMERIC OR HALDI: Turmeric is being used in Indian kitchen from ages. This is a miraculous herb which has innumerable medicinal properties. Turmeric rejuvenates the liver and acts as an antimicrobial. It is the best weight loss herb and reduces inflammation of tissues. Various researches show that haldi helps to control blood sugar level too.
How to use Haldi in PCOS to lose weight: Indian women regularly use turmeric powder in cooking. Adding a pinch of this herb while cooking not only enhances the colour of dish but also imparts its medicinal properties to food. Turmeric can also be consumed along with warm water or milk. Add a pinch of turmeric in hot milk or hot water and stir it well. This can be consumed twice daily. When you are using this herb for weight loss better to add this for low fat milk or just water. Turmeric face pack helps to reduce facial hair, acne, pimples and pigments which occur due to PCOS (Read Benefits of drinking turmeric milk)
CINNAMON OR DALCHINI: The spice Cinnamon is used globally in all cuisines. Various studies have shown that Cinnamon not only reduces the resistance to insulin but also help to reduce body weight. Women with PCOS are highly benefited by the use of Cinnamon. (Read Ayurveda Health Benefits of Cinnamon )
How to use Cinnamon: Cinnamon can be used in form of cinnamon tea. Take 1 inch of cinnamon and break it into small pieces. Boil these pieces with a cup of water. Allow it warm down. Drink this tea with a dash of honey or lemon. Cinnamon powder can be used in smoothies, fruit salads or just a pinch of this can be taken with honey. Do not consume this spice in excess. It may induce gastric irritation, hypoglycemia or vomiting.
BITTER GOURD OR BITTER MELON OR KARELA: Bitter taste is opposite of sweet taste. Bitter gourd helps to reduce insulin sensitivity and also helps in weight loss. Based on principles of Ayurveda bitter gourd shrinks the fat tissues and dries it up. Thus this herb is of great help as an aid to address PCOS and Obesity. (read Ayurveda Health Benefits of Bitter Gourd or Bitter Melon (Karela) )
How to use Bitter gourd or bitter melon in PCOS : Bitter gourd can be used in the form of juice. Take 1/3 rd of bitter gourd and scoop out its seed. Chop this into fine pieces and blend in a mixie along with half cup of water. Strain this juice to remove fibres and drink juice along with honey and lemon. Bitter melon can also be used in salads or curries.
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