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Episode 3. The Naturopathic Medicine Approach to Managing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) with Dr. Jodie Peacock, ND

Acne, irregular menstrual cycles, hair thinning, facial hair growth, weight gain, insulin resistance. If any of these conditions strike a chord then this episode of In Her Prime is for you.


Talia talks to Dr. Jodie Peacock, ND about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, also known as PCO or PCOS. Dr. Peacock breaks down what PCOS is and how you can determine if you may have it. She also explains two (of several) different types of PCOS: One being driven by insulin and the other by cortisol. Not all PCOS is the same.


Dr. Peacock provides in-depth information on diet, supplementation and lifestyle modifications one can make to manage the symptoms of PCOS naturally. 


*This podcast is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to treat or diagnose any health conditions. Always consult with your healthcare provider before making any health changes.* 


Dr. Jodie Peacock B.Sc., N.D.

Dr. Jodie Peacock, is a Naturopathic doctor at The Root of Health. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph, where her studies focused on bio-medical science. After completing her bachelor of science Jodie went on to complete four years of study at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), one of the six accredited schools in North America.

Dr. Peacock has a special interest in women’s health concerns including hormone balancing addressing the adrenals, thyroid and ovarian function. This can help symptoms associated with fertility, PCOS, menopause, weight gain, and fatigue.

Dr. Peacock is passionate about educating couples on how to optimize their fertility and the health of their future children. Preconception health is critical to ensuring the optimal health of our future generation.

Dr. Peacock also has a special interest in treating athletes, as she has been involved in competitive sports since childhood, including playing rep soccer for the Oakville soccer club as well as participating in recreational running, mountain biking and volleyball. Dr. Peacock was a sports medicine supervisor at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic at The Canadian College of Naturopathic medicine and she also worked with the Toronto Argos in 2007.

Dr. Peacock’s passion for naturopathic medicine stems from the ability to spend quality time with her patients helping to treat the whole person instead of just their symptoms. She feels very strongly about the opportunity to educate patients and the general public in the use of effective alternative treatments, empowering them to take control of their own health.

Jodie holds professional memberships with the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic doctors (CAND). She is licensed in Ontario through the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.


Show Notes:

Connect with Dr. Jodie Peacock:

Website: Enhance Fertility 

Instagram: Enhance Fertility 

Practice: Root of Health

The Canadian Fertility Show

2:10 - How Dr. Peacock got into naturopathic medicine

3:40 - Definition of PCOS, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

4:30 - Do women with PCOS have multiple cysts or multiple follicles?

5:10 - What is a follicle?

5:45 - How having too many follicles can affect ovulation

6:10 - How can PCOS affect future fertility?

7:20 - What’s the prevalence of PCOS today?

7:35 - The potential upside of having PCOS

8:17 - How to test for PCOS

10:50 - Two types of PCOS

11:00 - Insulin and PCOS

11:40 - Cortisol and PCOS

13:45 - Why making sure the quality of our eggs is important with PCOS

14:45 - Which diet is best for PCOS?

15:12 - How intermittent fasting may be beneficial for insulin-driven PCOS

17:02 - How PCOS can affect the genes and hormones that keep us satiated

19:20 - Eating five times a day vs intermittent fasting what’s better for PCOS?

22:18  - Who should not intermittent fast?

24:00 - Carbohydrates and PCOS

25:20 - The ketogenic diet and PCOS

26:20 - Which carbs to eat with PCOS?

27:12 - Fruits, veggies, antioxidants, healthy fats

30:00 - Stress hormones and PCOS

31:14 - How cortisol levels affect progesterone levels and your menstrual cycle

32:30 - What can we do to lower high cortisol levels?

33:25 - The benefits of belly breathing and engaging your diaphragm for your nervous system

35:25 - Nutritional supplementation for stress and the adrenal glands

35:57 - Adaptogens for stress and the adrenal glands

36:40 - Meditation and type A personalities 

38:00 - How even 3-5 minutes of meditation per day can change the neuroplasticity of your brain

38:50 - The best exercise for women with PCOS

41:35 - Sleep consistency, routine and PCOS

43:15 - Nutritional supplements for PCOS

43:56 - Myo-inositol and PCOS

46:05 - Chaste tree and PCOS

46:50 - NAC and PCOS and how NAC has performed against metformin

47:50 - Curing vs. managing PCOS

49:20 - Hirsutism and PCOS

50:18 - On being a successful entrepreneur and mother, the decision to have kids

52:35 - Prime Time quick-fire Q&A!