Reproductive Hormone Basics
Our hormones are the rulers of our reproductive health, yet many of us don't know how they work, or where they come from. A woman's reproductive hormones are produces in the brain and in the Ovaries. The main hormones affecting a woman's reproductive cycles are; GnRH (Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone), FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone), LH (Luteinizing Hormone), Estrogen, and Progesterone.
There are many others, but these are the most important when discussing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
What Happens to the Hormones in PCOS
There are still a lot of unknowns with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. In reality, Ovarian Cysts are just a symptom. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we take this symptom and we use it to determine the exact underlying imbalance and we treat. In TCM there are over 5 different patterns associated with PCOS, and each is treated differently and differently between women. In Western Medicine Ovarian Cysts were all lumped into one category. The problem is that there is not one pattern of PCOS. Now, Western Medicine is realizing this and have come up with 5 differentiations of PCOS, sadly, they are all still treated the same. With medications that overstimulate ovulation, and medication to treat insulin resistance. This treatment doesn't work for everyone.
So, how does all of this come together? PCOS is characterized by High Levels of Testosterone, High Levels of Luteinzing Hormones with inability to ovulate.
There are many theories, but nothing concrete as to the cause of PCOS, and why some cases have insulin resistance and some do not. I believe it is a progressive disease and there are many processes we are not aware of. Poor Diet can cause spikes in insulin that can hyperstimulate the recptors, and resistance can cause a deficiency of insulin needed to regulate hormones.
Breakfast #6 Honey Nut Baked Quinoa
Makes 9 servings
Preheat oven to 350, and grease a 7X11 or 8x8 dish
In a bowl, mix Coconut Milk, Honey, and Eggs until smooth. Add in Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cloves, and Nutmeg, and blend. Add in Quinoa and stir in. Pour into baking dish and top with nuts. Bake for 1 hr, remove and let rest 10-15 minutes.
Lunch #6 Turkey Avocado Lettuce Wraps
On a lettuce leaf, spear a tbsp of hummus on each leaf. Layer lunch meat, avocado, and veggies. (add any veggies you want).
Dinner #6 Lemon Caper Salmon, Wild Rice with Pine Nuts, Steamed Green Beans