When hormones are out of whack, life can turn into a real nightmare.
From dreaded pimples, mood swings, PMS, PCOS, and menopause… to endometriosis and breast cancer, it can be a bit of a roller-coaster from hell.
Unfortunately, the current medical solution for pretty much any hormonal issues is synthetic hormones (aka, the pill or Hormone Replacement Therapy-HRT).
Most women don’t realise that taking the pill long term can cause more harm than good.
The truth is…. gut health is a MAJOR factor when it comes to hormonal imbalance.
In fact, as a gut health expert, nearly every woman I work with displays symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
SIGNS THAT YOUR HORMONES ARE OUT OF WHACK
- an inability to lose weight
- mood swings
- PMS, fatigue
- blood sugar issues
- food sensitivities
- breast cancer/lumps
HOW CAN GUT HEALTH INFLUENCE HORMONES
A diet low in fiber can prevent your body from getting rid of excess oestrogen, creating a state of oestrogen dominance. Read more here.
2- GUT BACTERIA (MICROBIOME)
The Estrobolome is a relatively new discovery. It is a complete set of genes which are found in some gut bacteria which code for enzymes that are capable of metabolising oestrogens within the human intestine. These genes modulate the circulation of oestrogens within the liver, which then affects the amount of oestrogen circulating through the whole body.
It sounds complicated, but basically, it means that if you don’t have good gut bacteria, you are much more likely to end up with an imbalance of hormones, with all the unpleasant symptoms that comes with it.
If you are constipated, you are not getting rid of excess oestrogen as efficiently as it will be re-absorb if it stays in the gut for too long.
4- LIVER OVERLOAD
An unhealthy gut produces a lot of toxins. If you have SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth), the amount of toxins your produce (from the bacterial overgrowth) can be really high, which is one of the reasons some people end up with so many health issues.
This excess of toxins overload the liver, which can’t deal with other things like removing excess oestrogen.
5- STRESS / HIGH CORTISOL
An unhealthy gut can create a high demand for cortisol (due to the stress it creates in the body). Excessive needs for cortisol depletes progesterone as some of it is converted to cortisol (this is often referred to as ‘pregnenolone steal’).