Did you know that inflammation in your body can affect your hormonal system? Often hormonal symptoms appear as irregular cycles, pain with cycles, mood changes, low energy either around the timing of your cycle or at several different times of the month. Many of these symptoms actually result from inflammation levels that are not optimal. It is normal to have some inflammation in our body and it is important to have a certain amount so that our body can actually detect when things are coming in and manage it appropriately. We don’t want zero inflammation, but we also don’t want too much, which is quite common.
3 Main Causes of High Inflammation Levels
There are several different ways in which inflammation levels can become too high. One main cause is due to stress. Women in perimenopause or going through menopause, often are in a stage of their life where they are very busy. They have a lot going on. They are working, taking care of their family, managing children, their partner, social activities and are just generally busy. Fairly high levels of stress can result. When we are under constant stress it actually does affect our body’s ability to manage inflammation.
Your diet is another factor that can potentially increase inflammation levels. While you might think you are eating healthy, but there could be sugars in the foods are eating that maybe you’re unaware of. Advertising can lead you to think the foods are consuming based on their packaging, but it actually is inflammatory in nature by the types of fats and the amount of salt or additives in the products. As a result, it’s important to looking more specifically at what foods you are eating and if they are in high enough amounts to be causing a buildup of inflammation in our bodies.
Another thing that can increase inflammation in your body is the amount of exercise that you have on a daily basis. There are two extremes that can cause too much inflammation. If you are exercising too much at too high of a frequency, too high of an intensity, your body doesn’t have a chance to recover appropriately. This can cause inflammation levels to become high. Then there’s the opposite extreme of not exercising enough. When you are not moving your body, you actually don’t clear inflammation.
What Happens When Inflammation is High
When it comes to inflammation in your body, it’s important to not just be thinking of the cause, but how can you fix it and what happens if you don’t fix it? Maybe you are experiencing symptoms such as low energy, just general low vitality, and mood changes. You can see that it’s already affecting you, and your relationships with family, close friends, and others around you. Have you thought about what might happen if you fast forward down the road and these symptoms continue? You could possibly feel even worse if the inflammation levels aren’t addressed.
Chronic low-grade inflammation, especially if it increases, can put you at risk for certain diseases. As a female, you actually have fairly high risk as you get closer to menopause for heart conditions, heart disease, bone conditions, developing autoimmunity if the inflammation levels are too high. It can even lead to things like cancer down the road. Therefore, it is essential to look at your inflammation levels and to have someone work with you to manage the root cause of where your inflammation is coming from. When this is identified, you can work to rebalance the systems in your body to regulate your inflammation. You’ll see that your symptoms will start to go away, not only now, but over the long term.
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