Herbal teas are gaining popularity not without reason. A number of scientific studies attest to their medicinal properties. A cup or two of some healthy teas made with a combination of spices, herbs, flowers or dried fruits could be very beneficial in many health conditions and also help give your immune system a much-needed boost. in addition to fighting inflammation, the root cause of many diseases. Herbal teas are also effective in certain hormonal disorders such as PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome. (Also read: Shruti Haasan opens up about treating PCOS, endometriosis: ‘My body isn’t perfect right now but my heart is’)
Polycystic ovary syndrome usually occurs in women of childbearing age. Genetic factors or higher levels of male hormones called androgens could be responsible for this condition. Women affected by PCOS may experience irregular periods or no periods, face fertility issues, have excessive hair on their face, chest or back, weight issues or skin acne.
Although PCOS cannot be treated, by making a number of lifestyle changes that involve healthy eating, quality sleep, and exercise or breathing, it can be managed or reversed. Herbal teas can also help reverse PCOS.
Ayurveda expert Dr. Dixa Bhavsar in her recent Instagram post talks about 5 herbal teas that could help manage PCOS.
1. Spearmint tea
If you struggle with high testosterone, hirsutism (excess hair on your face or back), and have trouble ovulating, spearmint tea can be a great addition to your daily routine. It promotes ovulation and reduces androgens. Sip it first thing in the morning.
2. Green tea
It works wonders to reduce insulin resistance and free testosterone level in overweight and obese women with PCOS. It is best to replace Indian chai with a cup of green tea in the morning for obese women with PCOS.
3. Ginger tea
Ginger helps regulate female hormones. It works miraculously due to its anti-inflammatory qualities and helps control symptoms such as cramps, mood swings and headaches. Sipping ginger tea in the morning or evening is perfect. You can also add lemon or honey to it for extra benefits.
4. Licorice root tea
A wonderful herb for reducing high testosterone levels, it also helps keep your cravings at bay as it tastes sweet. Drink it once a day whenever you feel low or crave something sweet. Avoid it if you have high blood pressure.
5. Cinnamon tea
It works wonders for lowering your high blood sugar and insulin levels (which is most common in PCOS). It also helps to lose weight and regulate menstruation. Have a cup of it whenever you want, as it’s caffeine-free.
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