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Welcome to The PCOS Oracle podcast hosted by PCOS cyster, online PCOS personal trainer and blogger, Despina Pavlou. In this podcast you will hear from leading experts in the field of female health and PCOS who will provide you with cutting-edge research, evidence-based information as well as practical tips on how to get to the root cause of your PCOS and treat it naturally. Each episode will provide you with new found knowledge, confidence and motivation to take back control from PCOS. For more information you can find Despina at www.pcosoracle.com or on social media including Instagram, Facebook, twitter and Pinterest @pcosoracle.
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The PCOS Oracle Podcast Despina Pavlou

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Welcome to The PCOS Oracle podcast hosted by PCOS cyster, online PCOS personal trainer and blogger, Despina Pavlou. In this podcast you will hear from leading experts in the field of female health and PCOS who will provide you with cutting-edge research, evidence-based information as well as practical tips on how to get to the root cause of your PCOS and treat it naturally. Each episode will provide you with new found knowledge, confidence and motivation to take back control from PCOS. For more information you can find Despina at www.pcosoracle.com or on social media including Instagram, Facebook, twitter and Pinterest @pcosoracle.
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Music by MBB
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    #53 How Nutritional Therapy Can Help PCOS with Isabel Dawkes

    #53 How Nutritional Therapy Can Help PCOS with Isabel Dawkes

    Diet and lifestyle are two key components to take into consideration when looking to treat PCOS.
    In episode 53, I speak with Isabel Dawkes, a Nutritionist (Reg Nutritional Therapist July 2020), qualified PT and trained chef, about how nutritional therapy can help PCOS. . Isabel delves into how to use diet and lifestyle to balance your hormones and naturally reverse your PCOS symptoms.
    Find out
    Isabel's PCOS journey
    What nutritional therapy is
    Things that can impact our hormones
    Should you avoid Carbs for PCOS
    Importance of fats for hormones and PCOS
    What a PCOS friendly plate looks like
    Exercise for PCOS- finding the right exercise for you.
    Tips, Strategies and Lifestyle Factors to Balance Hormones
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    I really enjoyed chatting with Isabel, she busted plenty of PCOS myths and identified really simple and sustainable changes that can be implemented to help with hormonal balance and treating PCOS. But as Isabel stresses in this interview, we are all different, so you have to delve deeper, experiment, try new things, until you find an approach, a way of eating and exercise routine that works for you. 
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    Podcast Sponsors
    Mira
    This episode is brought to you by Mira, a company that helps women track their actual hormone levels so they know exactly when their fertile and infertile days are.
    As a woman with PCOS who has previously suffered from irregular cycles, I know how difficult it can make tracking your cycles.
    Not only this, some PCOS women have constantly high luteinizing hormone (LH) levels that can be as much three times the normal range. This can in turn lead to false readings when using things like Ovulating Predictor Kits because they might not detect a surge in luteinizing hormone as levels are constantly high. But not with Mira. Mira is an Artificially Intelligent-driven fertility device that has been designed with irregular cycles and PCOS women in mind, so it is able to detect the surge in LH above your high baseline. This is because we are all unique and Mira gathers data about you and tailors it's predictions to you. Whereas OPKs are designed around what is 'average'. Mira will record your actual hormone levels each month and it's complex learning algorithm will predict your fertile days every cycle.
    The more data Mira gathers about you each month, the smarter it gets and the more accurate it will be at making predictions for your following cycle.
    So, Mira has successfully taken away the stress and guesswork involved in predicting your fertile and infertile days. To buy your very own Mira fertility tracker, go to miracare.com and use the code pcos25 at checkout to get $25 off your order.
    Let'sGetChecked
    I talk a lot about getting to the root cause of your PCOS on this podcast and hormonal testing is one of the most important ways of understanding your condition. Without testing your hormones, it is very difficult to know what type of PCOS you have.Now, many women do not get the PCOS testing they need, whether it is because they're healthcare provider is not very supportive or because they purely do not have the time to visit their doctor. That is why I am excited to announce a new partnership with Let's Get Checked!
    LetsGetChecked provides you with easily accessible at home testing and professional medical consultations without ever having to leave your home.
    So the way it works is super simple, you choose a test kit online, Let's get checked then delivers it to you in discreet packaging, with next day delivery.You then activate your test, collect your sample in the morning and return it using the prepaid shipping label provided. From there Lets Get Checked reviews your sample in their lab and shares your results with you, via your secure online account within 2 to 5 days. It is super quick, seamless and your results are confidential.Once your results are available, they will be reviewed by a physician. A nur

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    #52 PCOS Hirsutism: Causes and Treatment with Robyn Srigley

    #52 PCOS Hirsutism: Causes and Treatment with Robyn Srigley

    Today I welcome Robyn Srigley back to the podcast. Robyn was the first PCOS expert guest I had the honour of interviewing on the podcast back when I launched in 2018. So it was a pleasure to have her back on for a second time to discuss hirsutism which is a very popular topic in the PCOS community. So, if you suffer from PCOS hirsutism and are looking for ways to improve this symptom, this episode is for you.
    Here is what you will find out in this episode:
    What is hirsutism [00:07:37]
    What causes the hirsutism in PCOS (the hormones involved) [00:09:02]
    Other potential causes of hirsutism [00:24:00]
    How to treat PCOS hirsutism [00:28:16]
    Testosterone lowering foods for PCOS [00:32:50]
    Foods to avoid for hormonal balance [00:35:49]
    Supplements for PCOS hirsutism [00:42:52]
    Topical treatment for hirsutism [00:46:40]
    Do medications help PCOS hirsutism? [00:50:27]
    Robyn Srigley, The Hormone Diva, Holistic Nutritionist and Women’s Health and Nutrition Coach. Robyn’s (@thehormonediva) own journey with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) jumpstarted her passion for helping women replace their anxieties with joy to open possibility in their lives and break free of hormonal imbalance. Robyn runs a successful meal plan and group program practice where she uses diet, movement, botanicals and a self-love lifestyle to transform the lives of women with PCOS, Endometriosis, PMS, Painful Periods and much more. Robyn provides research-based evidence, valuable advice and answers questions women frequently ask in relation to PCOS and periods.
    Podcast Episode Sponsors
    Huge thank you to our sponsors,
    Mira
    This episode is brought to you by Mira, a company that helps women track their actual hormone levels so they know exactly when their fertile and infertile days are.
    As a woman with PCOS who has previously suffered from irregular cycles, I know how difficult it can make tracking your cycles.
    Not only this, some PCOS women have constantly high luteinizing hormone (LH) levels that can be as much three times the normal range. This can in turn lead to false readings when using things like Ovulating Predictor Kits because they might not detect a surge in luteinizing hormone as levels are constantly high. But not with Mira. Mira is an Artificially Intelligent-driven fertility device that has been designed with irregular cycles and PCOS women in mind, so it is able to detect the surge in LH above your high baseline. This is because we are all unique and Mira gathers data about you and tailors it's predictions to you. Whereas OPKs are designed around what is 'average'. Mira will record your actual hormone levels each month and it's complex learning algorithm will predict your fertile days every cycle.
    The more data Mira gathers about you each month, the smarter it gets and the more accurate it will be at making predictions for your following cycle.
    So, Mira has successfully taken away the stress and guesswork involved in predicting your fertile and infertile days. To buy your very own Mira fertility tracker, go to miracare.com and use the code pcos25 at checkout to get $25 off your order.
    Let'sGetChecked
    I talk a lot about getting to the root cause of your PCOS on this podcast and hormonal testing is one of the most important ways of understanding your condition. Without testing your hormones, it is very difficult to know what type of PCOS you have.Now, many women do not get the PCOS testing they need, whether it is because they're healthcare provider is not very supportive or because they purely do not have the time to visit their doctor. That is why I am excited to announce a new partnership with Let's Get Checked!
    LetsGetChecked provides you with easily accessible at home testing and professional medical consultations without ever having to leave your home.
    So the way it works is super simple, you choose a test kit online, Let's get checked the

    • 59 min
    #51 The Types of Yoga and The Benefits For PCOS with Lara Higginson

    #51 The Types of Yoga and The Benefits For PCOS with Lara Higginson

    Yoga is one of the best exercises you can do for PCOS and restoring hormonal balance. Exercise does not always have to be an intense workout in the gym. As a matter of fact, yoga and meditation has powerful healing effects for PCOS. The health benefits for PCOS are incredible. I can say, from personal experience, I am really glad and grateful that I gave yoga a chance because I thoroughly enjoy it. But also yoga has helped me so much, not only physically but mentally. It truly is a very powerful form of exercise. 
    In this episode of The PCOS Oracle Podcast, I speak with Lara Higginson about yoga and the benefits for PCOS.
    Find out
    Lara's background and journey into yoga [00:05:31]
    What yoga is [00:11:32]
    Patanjali's 8 limbs of yoga and choosing the right style of yoga for you [00:18:18]
    Benefits of yoga for PCOS [00:36:05]
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    I absolutely loved chatting with Lara and learning more about yoga. She identifies just how powerful yoga can be for our overall health and wellbeing. If you haven’t given yoga a go yet, you definitely will want to after listening to this episode
    After completing her master’s in philosophy, Politics and Economics, Lara spent two years in the Finance Industry in London. The company experienced structural changes and transitioned from an Insurance provider to a Managing General Agent (MGA).
    This was a nerve-wracking time for employees. Lara (@larayogawellness) saw first-hand how people's mental health affected the company’s productivity. Several people left due to stress, anxiety and depression, so naturally she became more concerned about people's mental well-being.
    Lara offered Mental Health Workshops for employees and weekly Yoga classes and noticed that this encouraged team morale and boosted people's mood and productivity.
    She was so impressed by the positive benefits from yoga that she decided to leave her career in Finance and spend two months in India to become a qualified Yoga Teacher. Lara did 500hrs of studying to get a deep understanding of the theory and history behind yoga as well as the benefits of the poses.
    Lara now help companies implement wellness strategies to help their employees become more resilient to change, more productive and happier at work.
    She offers stress management workshops and yoga classes to people to provide them with the tools needed to manage their own physical and mental well-being.
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    Podcast Episode Sponsors
    Huge thank you to our sponsors,
    Mira
    This episode is brought to you by Mira, a company that helps women track their actual hormone levels so they know exactly when their fertile and infertile days are.
    As a woman with PCOS who has previously suffered from irregular cycles, I know how difficult it can make tracking your cycles.
    Not only this, some PCOS women have constantly high luteinizing hormone (LH) levels that can be as much three times the normal range. This can in turn lead to false readings when using things like Ovulating Predictor Kits because they might not detect a surge in luteinizing hormone as levels are constantly high. But not with Mira. Mira is an Artificially Intelligent-driven fertility device that has been designed with irregular cycles and PCOS women in mind, so it is able to detect the surge in LH above your high baseline. This is because we are all unique and Mira gathers data about you and tailors it's predictions to you. Whereas OPKs are designed around what is 'average'. Mira will record your actual hormone levels each month and it's complex learning algorithm will predict your fertile days every cycle.
    The more data Mira gathers about you each month, the smarter it gets and the more accurate it will be at making predictions for your following cycle.
    So, Mira has successfully taken away the stress and guesswork involved in predicting your fertile and infertile days. To buy your very own Mira fertility tracker, go to miracare.com

    • 58 min
    #50 Strategies For Healing PCOS with Amy Medling

    #50 Strategies For Healing PCOS with Amy Medling

    Amy Medling (@pcosdiva), best-selling author of Healing PCOS and certified health coach, specializes in working with women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), who are frustrated and have lost all hope when the only solution their doctors offer is to lose weight, take a pill, and live with their symptoms. In response, Amy founded PCOS Diva and developed a proven protocol of supplements, diet, and lifestyle programs that offer women tools to help gain control of their PCOS and regain their fertility, femininity, health, and happiness.
    In episode 50 of the podcast I speak with Amy Medling about her book-'Healing PCOS', and the different strategies involved in healing PCOS. Amy shares her inspiring PCOS journey and discusses the power and the importance of working on mindset when looking to heal PCOS.
    Find out
    Amy's PCOS journey/story and how PCOS Diva come about [00:05:21]
    How Amy discovered she had PCOS and finally got the diagnosis from Doctors [00:11:37]
    The importance of mindset when looking to heal PCOS.  Shifting away from the ‘fighting’ mindset and victim mindset [00:22:11]
    Diet for PCOS-importance of balancing blood sugar levels and lowering inflammation. Sustainability is key as PCOS is a lifelong condition [00:38:47]
    Amy's Top PCOS Supplements [00:52:25]
    The Best Exercise for PCOS [00:59:47]
    Amy's piece of advice-One thing she wishes she knew when she was just diagnosed [01:07:23]
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    I enjoyed speaking with Amy, she provides great tips and strategies on how to heal PCOS naturally. I really hope you enjoy the episode as much as I did.
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    Podcast Episode Sponsors
    This episode is brought to you by Mira, a company that helps women track their actual hormone levels so they know exactly when their fertile and infertile days are.
    As a woman with PCOS who has previously suffered from irregular cycles, I know how difficult it can make tracking your cycles.
    Not only this, some PCOS women have constantly high luteinizing hormone (LH) levels that can be as much three times the normal range. This can in turn lead to false readings when using things like Ovulating Predictor Kits because they might not detect a surge in luteinizing hormone as levels are constantly high. But not with Mira. Mira is an Artificially Intelligent-driven fertility device that has been designed with irregular cycles and PCOS women in mind, so it is able to detect the surge in LH above your high baseline. This is because we are all unique and Mira gathers data about you and tailors it's predictions to you. Whereas OPKs are designed around what is 'average'. Mira will record your actual hormone levels each month and it's complex learning algorithm will predict your fertile days every cycle.
    The more data Mira gathers about you each month, the smarter it gets and the more accurate it will be at making predictions for your following cycle.
    So, Mira has successfully taken away the stress and guesswork involved in predicting your fertile and infertile days. To buy your very own Mira fertility tracker, go to miracare.com and use the code pcos25 at checkout to get $25 off your order.
    .
    I talk a lot about getting to the root cause of your PCOS on this podcast and hormonal testing is one of the most important ways of understanding your condition. Without testing your hormones, it is very difficult to know what type of PCOS you have.
    Now, many women do not get the PCOS testing they need, whether it is because they're healthcare provider is not very supportive or because they purely do not have the time to visit their doctor. That is why I am excited to announce a new partnership with Let'sGetChecked!  
     
    LetsGetChecked provides you with easily accessible at home testing and professional medical consultations without ever having to leave your home.  
     
    So the way it works is super simple, you choose a test kit online, Let'sGetChecked then delivers it to

    • 1 hr 13 min
    #49 Tips and Strategies to Overcome PCOS and Depression with Letisha Bates

    #49 Tips and Strategies to Overcome PCOS and Depression with Letisha Bates

    In episode 49 of the podcast I speak with Letisha Bates, a registered health coach, who talks about her PCOS and weight loss journey, identifying some of the key areas she focused on to treat her PCOS and lose weight. She also openly shares her struggle with depression and her eating disorder. Letisha provides some tips and strategies on what she does to overcome them.
    It was such an honour to have Letisha on the podcast and to hear her story. It is not always easy to be open on personal matters such as these but Letisha openly shared everything. As she mentions in the episode, her goal is to be as transparent as possible about her journey. She wants to document the good and the bad, but to also put an end to the sigma surrounding depression and mental health.
    Letisha (@bateslovesweights) is a registered health coach, certified in holistic nutrition and weight loss for women. As a woman diagnosed with PCOS, Letisha understands the struggles and risks that accompany this diagnosis. Her struggles and successes inspired her to learn more about health and wellness. During her studies she began to realize the information that helps women is not the information commonly shared. This fuelled her passion to inspire, empower, and educate women on their bodies and how to live free from all the things that are holding them back.
    Find out
    Letisha's PCOS and weight loss journey [00:05:53]
    What insulin resistance is [00:22:47]
    Key strategies and areas that are important when it comes to treating insulin resistant PCOS. Including tips to address these areas. [00:25:16]
    Letisha's mental health journey. How she is managing her depression. [00:39:50]
    Letisha's eating disorder struggle and what she does to deal with it [00:53:35]
    Letisha's biggest piece of advice/tip [01:03:31]
    Please enjoy!
    Connect with Letisha Bates:
    LiveFreeHealthCoaching | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest
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    This episode is brought to you by Mira, a company that helps women track their actual hormone levels so they know exactly when their fertile and infertile days are.
    As a woman with PCOS who has previously suffered from irregular cycles, I know how difficult it can make tracking your cycles.
    Not only this, some PCOS women have constantly high luteinizing hormone (LH) levels that can be as much three times the normal range. This can in turn lead to false readings when using things like Ovulating Predictor Kits because they might not detect a surge in luteinizing hormone as levels are constantly high. But not with Mira. Mira is an Artificially Intelligent-driven fertility device that has been designed with irregular cycles and PCOS women in mind, so it is able to detect the surge in LH above your high baseline. This is because we are all unique and Mira gathers data about you and tailors it's predictions to you. Whereas OPKs are designed around what is 'average'. Mira will record your actual hormone levels each month and it's complex learning algorithm will predict your fertile days every cycle.
    The more data Mira gathers about you each month, the smarter it gets and the more accurate it will be at making predictions for your following cycle.
    So, Mira has successfully taken away the stress and guesswork involved in predicting your fertile and infertile days. To buy your very own Mira fertility tracker, go to miracare.com and use the code pcos25 at checkout to get $25 off your order.

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    Please leave a rating and review letting me know what you think about the podcast. This also helps the podcast grow and reach more people.
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    #48 How To Set Health Goals And Develop A Mindset For Success with Dafna Chazin

    #48 How To Set Health Goals And Develop A Mindset For Success with Dafna Chazin

    In episode 48 of the podcast Dafna Chazin talks all about how to set goals and develop a mindset for success. 
    Dafna (@pcos.nutritionist.dafna) is a registered dietitian with a specialty in weight management and PCOS. Over the past decade, Dafna has helped hundreds of individuals develop healthy eating habits, manage their weight and heal their relationship with food through nutrition and lifestyle modifications.
    She has been in private practice for the past 2 years, working mostly with women with PCOS using her "whole-person" approach, which considers all the factors that make our health needs unique, as opposed to solely focusing on sizes, pounds or inches.
    In addition to developing sound nutrition programs for her clients, Dafna has a strong passion for teaching healthy cooking and inspiring women to prepare their own meals. She is also the founder of The PCOS Meal Prep School, a 6-week online program, and the host of The Slim and Satisfied podcast. Dafna is a wife and mom of 2 children. She is a native of Israel, currently residing in New Jersey, USA.
    Find out:
    Dafna's story/journey [00:05:22]
    Reasons why you should set goals [00:12:26]
    How would someone go about setting goals that stick for PCOS [00:14:05]
    The best way to lose weight with PCOS [00:17:24]
    Behavioral or mindset shifts that make a woman successful in meeting those health goals [00:34:52]
    Practical nutrition based tips you can implement into your daily life to help treat PCOS. [00:51:11]
    Please enjoy!
    Connect with Dafna Chazin:
    Dafna Chazin | Instagram | Facebook | Podcast
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    One of the most frequently asked questions I get from my PCOS clients is do I have to avoid coffee? 

     
    Well here's the thing, researchers have found tremendous health benefits to consuming coffee for PCOS, like increased insulin sensitivity and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. But unfortunately, it can also have negative effects. When we drink coffee our cortisol and blood sugar levels rise. Now as a woman with PCOS, I need to manage these spikes in cortisol and blood sugar in order to maintain hormonal balance for my PCOS. I enjoy drinking a hot cup of coffee in the morning, so before going cold turkey and never drinking coffee again, I decided to see if there were other options.
    And that's where I came across Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee. It provides me with all the benefits of coffee, while also helping me prevent some of the downsides. It helps me manage my blood sugar levels and looks after my hormones. 
     
    So as you may have guessed, the main 'superfood' ingredient in Four Sigmatics coffee is mushrooms. 
     
    The mushroom coffee that I have been drinking regularly and enjoying thus far is the Ground Mushroom Coffee with Lion's Mane & Chaga. I drink this one in the morning because lions mane is known to help improve focus and brain function. 
     
    Four Sigmatic has lots of types of mushroom coffee to choose from. Why not try it out today. Visit foursigmatic.com and use discount code pcos77 for 10% off your order. 
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    Please leave a rating and review letting me know what you think about the podcast. This also helps the podcast grow and reach more people.
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    • 1 hr 10 min

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