Nov 14, 2019

Treating PCOS With Lifestyle Modifications

A little over a year ago, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Before my diagnosis, I had never even heard of PCOS. When I first went to the doctor, I hadn’t had my menstrual cycle in over four months and I was experiencing stabbing pain in my lower right abdomen. I never would have imagined that I had an ovarian condition - in all honesty, I thought my appendix was rupturing or something of that nature.
After a variety of tests and days waiting on results, I was finally diagnosed. My hormone levels were all out of wack - I had more testosterone than I did progesterone. That was a major hit to my self-confidence, it felt like I wasn’t “good” at being a woman. To top it all off, I was told by the doctor that PCOS is a leading cause of infertility in women. What a punch in the gut that was.

Even though 1 in every 10 women have PCOS, it isn’t spoken about much. In addition, there is no cure. There are medications women can take to manage their symptoms, but many of these come with side effects that are managed with more and more prescriptions. Then, there’s the slew of health complications that come with PCOS, such as:
     Type II diabetes
     Cardiovascular disease
     Weight gain and obesity
     Endometrial cancer

The unfortunate symptoms of PCOS are known to greatly affect the self-esteem of women who suffer from it. Women with PCOS often have excessive facial and arm hair growth, difficulty losing weight, irregular menstrual cycles, and thinning hair on the head. I personally experienced each of these symptoms, and each severely affected my self-confidence.

I had spent years with these unexplained symptoms that destroyed my self-esteem. Now that I had a diagnosis, I wanted to stop playing the victim. Instead, I wanted to take control of my health for the first time in my life.
Lifestyle Changes

When women are diagnosed with PCOS, the most important thing they are told to do is to make some pretty dramatic lifestyle changes. Since hormone imbalances and sugar levels are major concerns in women with PCOS, the three things suggested for diet modifications are:
     Cut out dairy
     Limit sugar intake
     Limit carbs to whole-grains
Limiting sugar intake is the most obvious, and, in my opinion, the hardest one. After all, people who eat a surplus of sugar are more at risk for developing type II diabetes. In my experience, limiting sugar was a challenge. I eventually discovered that the right mix of berries with some sugar-free, almond milk whipped cream got the job done.

Eliminating dairy products seemed easy at first until I realized how much I really loved cheese. Switching milk with almond milk was easier than I thought, but I definitely missed cheese. I tried every brand of nut-cheese I could find, but none tasted anything similar to cheese. In the end, I settled with allowing myself one meal with cheese each week. To my surprise - that was completely manageable!

As for the rest of it, only eating whole grain bread was a welcome change. I found that I was less bloating and my energy was sustained even longer. I stopped having sugar crashes after my meals and the weight began to shed off. I never thought I would be happy with a diet consisting of solely lean protein and fresh produce - but after two weeks I had never felt better.

Once I had adjusted to my new eating habits, I started hitting the gym.

The first time I went to the gym, I was extremely insecure and fearful. I sat in the parking lot for a good 15 minutes before mustering up the confidence to go inside. When I finally went in and got started on the elliptical, I felt an overwhelming sense of achievement, like I was finally taking control of my health. I looked healthier, I felt more energetic, and I had more self-confidence.

Advocating for Better Health

Eager to boast about the lifestyle changes that were working for me, I would come to work with these delicious, healthy home-cooked meals. In the meantime, my coworkers were still ordering takeout and indulging in a late afternoon vending machine run. They were tired by the end of the day, and I was thriving. I work in a small office, so my coworkers and I are extremely close. They were all so supportive of this health journey I was on, that we decided to focus more on corporate wellness in our office.

As it turns out, all the claims about how important corporate wellness is really are true. We started taking short, frequent breaks to get some fresh air and walk around the block. We also started having healthy snacks delivered to the office. We gave up a sedentary office lifestyle for one that is better for all of us. As a result, everyone was happier and more productive.

In addition to incorporating better health into my work life, I wanted to do more. I had been part of a Facebook group for women with PCOS for a while, yet the posts were quite negative. I saw a lot of women struggling to lose weight, manage their symptoms, and be comfortable in their own skin.

I started sharing meal prep ideas and recipes with the group, and the feedback I obtained was phenomenal. These women were so grateful for my suggestions and made me feel as though I was doing something great to help others. I ended up making friends and finding immense support from these women who knew exactly what I had been going through.

Advice for Women with PCOS

I know first hand how hard it is to lose weight, ward off cravings, and do everything possible to improve your lifestyle - yet still feeling as though you are failing. I also know what it’s like to battle self-esteem and not feeling like a real woman. However, I also know how good to feels to get those small victories - you know, when the scale reads two pounds lighter than it did last week or when you find a new meal favorite that satisfies all of your cravings.

If there’s one thing that I have learned over the last year, it is that I can’t be too hard on myself - and you shouldn’t be either. If you fall off your clean eating, have someone hold you accountable as you get back to it. If you miss a week at the gym, don’t start weighing yourself obsessively - just grab a friend to go with you and get back to it. Most of all, no matter what happens, give yourself a little break. You’re just where you need to be.

Nov 7, 2019

Guide on Using Facial Scrubber for People with different skin types

Gone are the days when a good bar was enough to wash the face. The pollution and various nature effects make it difficult to maintain the flawless skin just with the soap, hence it is important to choose other alternatives like a facial scrubber, face wash, face cream. However, when it is about deep cleaning, facial scrubbers when used in a week or on the other days work the best.

The main purpose of face scrub is to exfoliate your skin to remove the dead skin cells and open up your pores. This allows your skin to absorb hydrating moistures more easily. To fix tired skin, facial scrubber’s works like a pro. Most of the celebrities and people concerned about their skin choose a good quality facial skin scrubber because the marketplace consists of vivid options that might not be perfect for the skin of every type.
How to get the perfect facial scrubber?

Getting the perfect facial scrubber is tedious and for that, you need to choose the right scrubber that suits your skin type.

Normal Skin

Try looking for something gentle with fine particles if you have normal skin, as it will not upset the balance of your skin. You can explore online and look for some best facial scrubbers for normal skin along with the scrubbing machine. Alternatively, you can get the scrubber that is fit for skin of all types.

Dry Skin

The best facial scrubber for dry skin should be creamy in texture. For dry skin, fine grains, and grains containing moisturizing oils works perfectly.

You will have even better results exfoliating with a moisturizing face wash. For your dry skin, it is suggested to choose the best facial scrubber from the market. Picking the scrub that can gently purify and soothe dry skin.

Oily Skin

Look for a scrub with small particles and flower or fruit extracts, such as apricot, pineapple or magnolia. The extracts of the fruit seeds help to open the skin pores and prevent blemishes while gentle exfoliating particle leaves the skin feeling smooth.
Combination skin

For people having combination skin, it is always suggested to use the scrubs that contain extracts from fruits, plants, vitamin E or algae. Alternatively, you can choose the one that is scientifically developed for combination skin.

Sensitive Skin

Generally, people with sensitive skin are fearful about using any facial scrubbers. Most of the doctors, dermatologist or beauty experts suggest people with sensitive skin use a washcloth paired with face wash. Just the use of both these exfoliates sensitive skin.

Things to avoid while using facial scrubbers

  • Do not scrub your face with any exfoliating pack or scrubbers at least for five days. Donning this would irritate your skin as it has already gone an intense scrubbing routine during the facial.
  • Do not use harsh or sub-standard soap or face wash. The square spa always recommends using a gentle and foam cleansing face wash for the skin, before and after facial or scrub.
  • It is suggested not to steam the facial skin after the facial. This is because the skin pores are open and facial treatment can result in broken capillaries or skin sensitivity.
  • Do not apply any chemically enriched creams after the scrubbing.
  • Do not apply rich makeup immediately after the scrub.
  • Avoid going out in the Sun just after the scrub.
  • Do not forget to hydrate yourself.
  • Do not play with your skin or touch it with the dirty hand.
  • Keep your skin away from the dust.
Explore the marketplace or select facial scrubber online. Choose the one that is just perfect for you. Also, look for some amazing facial and scrubbing devices from the online store.

Choose the best and be proud of your flawless skin!

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