How Chronic Inflammation Affects Your Periods
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Do you swell before your period? Rings fit differently, you get bloated and have to find those leggings reserved only for that time of the month?  What about literally experiencing aches and pains, joint irritation and headaches?  Ever wonder if you were supposed to feel this way or if there was something more?  On today's episode we deep dive into the effect that chronic, low-grade inflammation has on your periods. And it turns out, those hormonal shifts that you have before your period starts can be trigger the increase of this tiny little inflammatory molecules known as prostaglandins.  These prostaglandins are what have been studied in everything from PMS to PMDD to endometriosis and PCOS... and knowing the effect that these little molecules have is truly a wonder into how we treat and approach the connection between inflammation and our menstrual cycles. 

Today I'm not just laying down the science, I'm also chatting about how a few simple changes in your life can reduce your overall inflammatory cascade, what bloodwork you need to have done, and I *may* have touched on why vegan diets maybe aren't the best choice when you experience chronic low grade inflammation... maybe. 

Those Omega 3 to Omega 6 Fatty Acid Ratios tho... 

Enjoy Superwomen! 

 

RESEARCH: 

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Reduced parasympathetic activity during sleep in the symptomatic phase of severe premenstal syndrome. J Psychosom Res. 2008 Jul;65(1):13-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2008.04.008. Epub 2008 Jun 4. Baker FC1, Colrain IMTrinder J.

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Kendler KS, Karkowski LM, Corey LA, Neale MC. Longitudinal population-based twin study of retrospectively reported premenstrual symptoms and lifetime major depression. Am J Psychiatry. 1998;155:1234–40.

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