In most cases of hormonal imbalances over my 25-year career, I’ve seen inflammation as the common denominator in my clinical practice and my own personal experience after our infertility issues and hypothyroidism. Dealing with inflammation first has a powerful knock-on effect on the entire endocrine systems. It sets clients free of hormone-related health challenges like menopause, irregular periods, infertility, thyroid problems, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or Hashimoto’s. Inflammation of the thyroid can often be the main driver behind overall hormone imbalances and infertility. The Overzealous Cytokines All parts of thyroid hormone synthesis, from iodine uptake to thyroid hormone circulation, is affected by cytokines. Cytokines are small proteins vital in controlling other immune system cells and blood cells' growth and activity. When an injury occurs, cytokines are beneficial, as in acute inflammation. In chronic inflammation, however, cytokines become overzealous and lead to inflammation imbalances such as autoimmune, thyroid issues and even infertility. Inflammation is, therefore, a genuine issue that you need to address if you desire optimum health.
Obesity is linked to inflammation. Evidence suggests that eating too much added sugar and refined carbohydrates causes inflammation in your body and leads to obesity. When the immune system is impaired, the body is unable to defend itself through acute protective inflammation. Overeating tends to increase the immune response, which in turn causes the body to generate excessive inflammation. The vicious cycle starts with poor diet, chronic inflammation, and health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart problems, liver disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases. Obesity is associated with chronic inflammation, and there does seem to be a genetic component to excess fat accumulation. Still, thanks to pioneering work in epigenetics and trailblazers such as Dr Bruce Lipton, your lifestyle choices either allow those genes to express and turn on or stay turned off. Therefore, this puts you back into the driver's seat of your health, and so you can combat inflammation, obesity and prevent disease. I've previously shared my struggles with eating
Researchers have found links between chronic inflammation and all major diseases, both physical and mental. Inflammation is a critical factor for your overall health as it can have an impact on: pain bone health obesity gut function heart health liver function brain, memory & cognition immune response fertility hormonal regulation