Are you suffering from arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia or some other chronic inflammatory condition? Has this worsened or become evident over the menopause years?
In the UK the NHS statistics show that over 40 million people have arthritis, 1 in 5 in the US are affected, the majority being women, with the incidence rising after the age of 40 during the menopause years, particularly if there is family history and/or if you have other chronic disease eg heart disease, diabetes, hypertension.
Research into the interplay between inflammation and hormones is still in its infancy. In particular, the sex hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone appear to have important, but complex effects on the body’s inflammatory response. For example, many observers have wondered if the increase in inflammatory diseases that coincide with menopause, such as arthritis, might be related to shifts in the balance of progesterone and oestrogen, further hindered by the raised cortisol levels due to stress.
Managing Inflammation Naturally
While it doesn’t exactly make you feel warm and fuzzy, more likely frustrated and frazzled, inflammation is the body’s totally healthy response to injury and infection, a way of defending ourselves by sending immune cells and key nutrients to the areas that need them most.
How do the immune cells get to where they’re needed? Via increased blood flow, which in turn creates the redness, warmth, swelling and pain associated with the word “inflammation”.
Yet a small cut that heals over a short time is very different from a state of chronic inflammation, as the immune system never shuts off, having the potential to cause permanent damage leading to heart disease, arthritis and other health concerns if left unchecked.
The causes of inflammation can vary person to person, but include trauma, injury, posture, being overweight, age, smoking, lack of exercise, experiencing lots of stress and poor nutrition.
Of course you could take anti-inflammatory drugs, but long term they have unpleasant side affects. So it makes sense to do what you can to help yourself reduce any inflammation. Here are a few suggestions for you to consider:
REDUCE your intake of:
Reducing your intake of the above is great, but if you can INCREASE the following, the benefits should be far more noticeable:
I hope this helps you in some way manage your pain and inflammation without relying too much on the drugs.
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