Holistic Hormone Balance & How to Regrow Hair with PCOS
Healing hair loss due to PCOS comes down to three main things:
- supporting insulin sensitivity
- decreasing systemic inflammation
- supporting overall hormone function.
How do we do this? We address what I call the PCOS Triangle. Which is:
1. The Gut and Liver Detoxification
If we’re going to work on reducing inflammation, we have to focus on the gut. 75% of your immune system resides here, and is responsible for creating that nasty systemic inflammation, or for calming it.
Inflammation, remember, can worsen insulin resistance and cause the ovaries to produce more testosterone, worsening PCOS symptoms and hair loss.
In practice, I often see increased overgrowth of yeast, or candida, and a higher prevalence of gluten intolerance in PCOS patients. Candia can also spike insulin with PCOS patients, which then spikes androgen production in the ovaries as well
If digestive health is something you struggle with, you could be unknowingly sabotaging your hormones and PCOS symptoms--I created Belly Fix to address the 5 pillars of gut health that can be the difference between success or failure on the road to hormone balance.
Your liver is responsible for packaging up and getting rid of substances your body is no longer using–this goes for hormones as well. You can think of your liver as kind of like the laundromat for your body.
When hormones linger in the body longer than they should, they can interfere with a healthy hormonal balance. This can be due to:
- Poor detox function due to poor methylation in the body
- Not having regular bowel movements as a result of poor digestion or constipation
Which is why it’s important to prioritize digestion and detox pathways in the liver for good hormones. Belly Fix is formulated to support both.
3. Toxic Load
Environmental toxins are altering hormone balance in many of us, not just with women who have PCOS. It’s important we support detoxification processes which can support hormonal balance.
Limited studies have shown that PCOS is correlated with reduced methylation determined by the expression of certain genes. Poor methylation means your body’s natural detox pathways aren’t able to properly metabolize and get rid of certain toxins (3).
The longer your body holds onto toxins, the more potential they have to build up and alter hormone function.
How to Successfully Regrow Healthy Hair with PCOS
PCOS is a complicated diagnosis to receive, and even if you suspect you have it, but aren’t able to get a diagnosis, you may be feeling overwhelmed, confused, and unsure about where to turn.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be an integrative women’s health doctor to make a positive impact on your PCOS symptoms! Follow these recommendations to get started with diet, lifestyle, and PCOS supplements.
YOU have the power to positively impact your PCOS symptoms, and that includes regrowing your hair!
Nutrition – A PCOS Diet
The best diet for PCOS symptoms will keep blood sugar in control, which will in turn help regulate insulin. There isn’t one diet that works for everyone, but these guidelines are a good starting point.
- Reduce or eliminate gluten (and minimize other processed grains which contribute to insulin resistance)
- Get 3-6 cups vegetables per day (really, the more, the better)
- Include PROTEIN AND FAT at every meal (this helps modulate insulin production as well)
- Eliminate added sugar as much as possible
The goal with diet and PCOS is to keep blood sugar stable and provide you with adequate nutrients and calories so you feel satisfied and have the right nutrients for healthy hormone balance.
If the liver is like a laundromat for your body, think of your gut like the hormone production center. Without a healthy gut on board, hormone balance is a struggle.
- Eat more probiotic-rich foods
- Eliminate added sugars (which can help get candida overgrowth in check)
- Focus on prebiotic fiber to nourish GOOD gut bacteria (ideally from veggies)
- Leverage the use of supplements like Belly Fix to help this process along
This is something that no woman is surprised to hear: we’re dealing with more stress now than we ever have before, and it’s taking a huge toll on our health. Stress increases inflammation. And inflammation worsens hormone imbalance. These are some of the ways I turn things around when I’m stressed:
- Adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha and rhodiola
- Headspace app is a great resource for guided meditation
- And I prioritize this next step below!
Poor sleep makes us less resilient to all kinds of stress–physical, mental, emotional. If there was one thing I would recommend to almost everyone that would improve every aspect of wellbeing–it would be more quality sleep.
When I’m traveling, or have patients in the clinic who need help falling or staying asleep, my go-to are these three ingredients here.
Integrative Medicine and Women’s Hormone Balance
Hair loss is often a sign of imbalance lurking beneath the surface, and whether it’s been going on a long time, or has just started, it’s best to take action as soon as you can to avoid more symptoms arising, or the risk of permanently losing your beautiful head of hair.
For more information about PCOS and fertility, take a look at natural solutions for PCOS.