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The Inflammation-Hormone Relationship

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

Inflammation is a natural response by the immune system to injury, diet, environment, or infection. However, chronic inflammation can lead to a variety of health problems, including heart disease and diabetes. Hormones, such as cortisol and insulin, play a crucial role in regulating inflammation.

Cortisol, often referred to as the "stress hormone," is released by the adrenal glands in response to stress. It helps to regulate the body's inflammatory response by suppressing the immune system. However, chronic stress can lead to high cortisol levels, which can ultimately cause inflammation.

Insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, helps to regulate glucose levels in the blood. It also plays a role in regulating inflammation. Insulin resistance, which occurs when cells become less responsive to insulin, has been linked to chronic inflammation.

For women, it is crucial to achieve a balance between cortisol and insulin levels. When they are imbalanced, it can lead to a cascade of negative effects in the body, such as hormonal imbalances in estrogen, progesterone, and thyroid hormones. These imbalances can cause a variety of health issues, including mood swings, poor sleep, weight gain, fatigue, irregular menstrual cycles, and even infertility.

Research has shown that certain lifestyle changes, such as exercise, chiropractic modalities, therapeutic exercises, and a balanced diet, can help to regulate hormone levels and reduce inflammation.

In conclusion, hormones play a crucial role in regulating inflammation. By making lifestyle changes, individuals can help to reduce inflammation and improve their overall health.


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