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Menopause and inflammation

February 2024

 

A Pause For Menopause –

  • Mindset
  • Menopause & Insulin Rsistance
  • Menopause, Stress & Sleep
  • Menopause and Inflammation

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Menopause and Inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s response to tissue damage or pathogens like bacteria and viruses. The immune response is meant to heal the affected organ or tissue.

But let’s say that the thing that caused the tissue irritation was not resolved. As much as the immune system works to heal the tissue, the irritant continues to create damage.

The inflammation turns from acute to chronic, sustained inflammation.

menopause and inflammation

Chronic sustained inflammation can be caused by:

  • Processed foods
  • Sugar
  • Food sensitivities
  • Stress
  • insufficient sleep
  • nutrient deficiencies
  • environmental toxins.

 

 

When inflammation becomes chronic, it stops healing the tissue and becomes a source of irritation. Think about it as you might think about fire in the woods. A small, contained fire might allow the woods to rejuvenate, but when the fire gets out of control, it will leave only ashes behind.

In menopause, the body is in transition, so it is especially vulnerable. Things your body might have been able to handle in the past are becoming a more significant irritant now. There is more chance of developing systemic inflammation, and inflammation exacerbates menopause symptoms.

For the body, chronic inflammation is a stressor. It will react with increased cortisol; goodbye sleep, hello night sweats.

That can create a vicious cycle where chronic inflammation causes stress and sleep disturbances that, in turn, lead to brain inflammation that increases stress, night sweats, and so on.

Chronic inflammation plays a role in weight gain around the abdomen and can lead to insulin resistance.

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke about insulin resistance and weight gain in menopause, so if you haven’t read or listened to the segment about menopause and insulin resistance, I suggest you hop back and do.

However, it is important to know that insulin resistance and abdominal fat are inflammatory. A cycle of chronic inflammation leading to metabolic syndrome, a chronic inflammatory condition affecting the entire body, is common.

 

What to do to reverse chronic inflammation?

Since 85% of the immune system lives in your gut, much of the healing process is focused on the gut.

I offer the 4 R
Remove Irritants and toxins that come to the body through the gut
Restore digestive enzymes and bile
Reintroduce gut bacteria
Repair the gut integrity

Add stress reduction techniques, a good night’s sleep, and walla! You reduce inflammation and, with it, the pesky symptoms of menopause that, at times, can be disruptive to your life.

Chronic sustained inflammation can wreak havoc on the body at any time. But in premenopause and menopause, chronic inflammation can create vicious cycles that can reduce your life quality and expectancy.

It’s a lot!
But that is why I am here.
Need help to figure out the details? Do you need support while implementing an inflammation-free lifestyle?
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Disclaimer: This document is for educational and informational purposes only and solely as a self-help tool for your own use. I am not providing medical, psychological, or nutrition therapy advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your own medical practitioner. Always seek the advice of your own medical practitioner and/or mental health provider about your specific health situation. You can view my full disclaimer here.
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