Inflammation isn’t commonly talked about in the context of the menstrual cycle…but it’s an incredibly important aspect of healing and making your life fabulous.
What’s the Deal With Inflammation?
Here’s the thing: getting your period is a CONTROLLED inflammatory response in the body. It’s the body’s way of shedding what it no longer needs and beginning to rebuild something highly functional again.
Too Much Inflammation
When we have symptoms like painful periods, missed periods, hormonal acne, endometriosis, PCOS, or any other endocrine disease or syndrome, there’s often an exaggerated and UNCONTROLLED inflammatory response in the body.
Once the inflammation becomes rampant, systemic problems arise and turn into frustrating symptoms (like fatigue so dense you can hardly imagine making it out of bed!) Long-term, unbalanced inflammation can lead to a host of problems throughout the body.
Too Little Inflammation
On the flip side, sometimes the body can’t quite muster an appropriate inflammatory response. This can be caused by health problems like chronic infection, immune system problems and nutritional deficiencies. That’s why it’s important to optimize the inflammatory cascade instead of just “lower” it.
Boosting the protection your body gives you goes a long way in making you feel your very best. We’re talking lots of energy, clear skin, and feeling connected with (instead of fearful of) your lady cycle.
Whether you’re dealing with PMS, spotting, endometriosis, PCOS, fibroids, hormonal acne or the like, supporting optimum and balanced inflammation at the right time of the cycle is really important.
Though there are 4 Phases of the Feminine Cycle, the 1st (Release) and 2nd (Rise) phases are the most important times to focus on a healthy balance of your inflammation system. This is also known as the “follicular phase”, or from the start of your period to ovulation.
By focusing on optimizing inflammation in the first half of the cycle, we set ourselves up for better blood sugar regulation, better hormonal signaling and creation, and we allow our bodies to do what they do best.
Some work upfront in the first two phases (Release and Rise) goes a loooong way in making the rest of your cycle – and even the next one! – a lot smoother.
When you think about how modern living pushes our inflammatory systems into imbalance (think: high sugar intake, stress and poor nutrition), it’s not surprising that our body craves a little extra support in this department.
For most of us, that means help with hormonal acne, fatigue, moodiness, low libido, endometriosis and PCOS, among others. Our bodies are already really good at healing, we simply need to give them a hand.
Further Reading on Inflammation
Talking about the moon in a series on common hormonal imbalances probably seems a little weird. But what can we say: we believe in the power of nature and our place as animals in it! We originally brought in moon cycles to our 4 Phase Cycle approach so that women...read more
This article in our series is from Alex. As a long-time endometriosis sufferer and someone who has had most of her ovaries destroyed by undiagnosed endometriosis (I had diagnosed myself first in medical school and was ignored by my doctors!), I have a soft spot in my...read more
Blood sugar regulation is an interesting beast. Lots of people are interested in this topic and for many different reasons! For our purposes, we’re going to stick to the most pertinent blood sugar issues that we see in our ladies...so be aware that this isn’t intended...read more
We get asked routinely about how to tell if you’re ovulating. This is a fantastic question and is certainly a big component to living in sync with your cycles. Here’s the reality of knowing if you’re ovulating: there’s no easy way to know EXACTLY if you are. But we...read more
If you’re sick and tired of feeling beat up by your hormones each month(ugh, totally been there!) but are new to this approach, you may want to check out our Starter Guide:
(This guide was created to put everything you need to get started with living in sync with your menstrual cycle all in one place! Oh, and it's FREE!)