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I am a 26-year-old female. I am thin and suffer from hirsutism with mild PCOS. I have been undergoing homeopathic treatment for the last 10 months for irregular menses and hirsutism. Yoga has helped me too.
PCOD or PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Disease/Syndrome) is a condition that can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, fertility, hormones, insulin production, blood sugar levels, heart, blood vessels, and appearance. You have high levels of male hormones (androgens), which are the reason for facial and body hair (hirsutism), and an irregular menstrual cycle.
Eat low glycemic carbohydrates because they tend to have more fibre compared to higher glycemic foods, which will keep your digestive system healthy. For example, select whole grain breads, whole grains and cereals like wheat, jowar, oats, bajra, ragi that are as unprocessed as possible. Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water to balance fibre intake. Eat apples, pears, sweet limes, muskmelons, oranges, etc. Reduce intake of fruits like bananas, grapes, chickoos, custard apples and mangos because they may increase the blood sugar levels as mentioned in the earlier paragraph. Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables along with other vegetables. Eat antioxidant-rich foods including fruits such as blueberries, cherries and tomatoes and vegetables such as squash and bell peppers as they will reduce free radicals and stress and will improve the immune system. Avoid refined foods like white breads, pastas, and especially sugar. Eat few red meats and more lean meats, cold water fish, tofu, eggs, dairy products or beans for protein. Use healthy oils in food like as olive oil, canola oil, sesame oil, rice bran oil or vegetable oil. Reduce or eliminate trans fat found in commercially baked goods like cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and some margarines.
Avoid eating out, especially non-vegetarian tandoori items, because they are partially undercooked with charred skin. Charring reaction produces a kind of chemical in the food which is definitely not suitable for you.
You can incorporate the following in your diet to maintain regular menses:
• Eating unripe green papaya can normalise irregular periods. Additionally, it has fibre and minerals which will help you.
• Eat saunf (badishep/fennel) seeds daily as it helps in regulating menses and keeps you cool.
• Parsley is yet another useful herb in treating menstrual related issues. It is considered to be the most effective of home cures for menstruation related issues because it has high vitamin C content. Parsley juice should be consumed every day, as a medicine, for regular menses.
• The most common and effective tip to regularise an irregular menstruation cycle is eating a bowl of papaya or drinking a glass of papaya juice every day. You can also drink sugarcane juice every alternate day.
Follow any of the above tips.
As far as hirsutism is concerned, a diet supplemented with essential amino acids may reduce hirsutism in patients with PCOD. Foods that contain all amino acids are eggs, milk, curd, paneer, low fat meat, chicken, fish, soyabean, tofu, mixture of cereals and pulses (example khichdi, dal and rice and roti) and nuts like almond, walnut and peanuts.
I am suffering from eczema. My skin is very sensitive and I have allergy problem. What should I include in the diet that will keep my skin healthy and soft?
Eczema is an itchy inflammation of your skin. In such cases, self-care measures, like avoiding soaps or other irritants and applying creams or ointments, can help relieve itching. Following foods can be included in your diet to make your skin healthy from within, increase the intake of complex carbohydrates from whole grains. Increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant content (particularly yellow and green vegetables, and red and dark berries), because it will remove free radicals from body and improve your immunity. Increase the intake of essential fatty acids from oily fish, nuts and seeds (pumpkin, sesame and sunflower). Increase vegetarian sources of protein. Vegetarian diets have been shown to decrease the symptoms of eczema. This includes beans, lentils, pulses, soy products, nuts and seeds. Natural bio-yoghurt can help to replenish good gut bacteria. A high fibre diet will help maintain a healthy gut environment, reducing the likelihood of food sensitivities. Good sources of fibre are fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Drink 1.5 to 2 litres of water daily — taken away from meals and sipped slowly to avoid stress on the kidneys. For variety, drink diluted fruit juices, organic vegetables juices and herbal teas, stay hydrated because water will flush out all the toxins from body and will keep your skin healthy.

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