One in 10 women are affected by polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. So, chances are, you or someone in your life has experienced PCOS. And while it shows up differently for each woman, one thing’s for sure: PCOS is not fun and it’s very difficult to live with. Luckily, there’s one way to start mangling painful PCOS and it’s really simple.

Alisa Vitti is PCOS-free, but she wasn’t for many years. And it left her with depression, irregular cycles, cystic acne and weight gain. Other women can experience similar symptoms, along with ovarian cysts, anxiety, infrequent or even absent periods.

These PCOS symptoms are the result of a woman having too many male hormones in their system. This interferes with their cortisol and insulin levels, which are hormones connected to weight and stress.

And according to Vitti, “getting off the blood-sugar roller coaster is often the first and most important step in getting hormonal issues under control.” And just by reducing processed sugar from your diet can have a huge impact on PCOS symptoms.

What are some good ways to get off the “blood-sugar roller coaster”, as Vitti would say? Consider cutting back on processed foods in general, where refined sugar is often a common ingredient.

What’s more, adding cinnamon to your meals can help your body manage insulin and glucose and therefore stabilize your blood sugar levels, too. Some easy ways to incorporate a little cinnamon is to add it to your breakfast smoothie, morning cereal, cup of coffee, or even stirred in with your favorite nut butter.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome can be a difficult condition to live with, but by stabilizing blood sugar, you can start to manage it and experience some relief.

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