Is your gut health related to your hormonal problems?
Gut Health & Hormones - Say Whaaaaaaaaaat?
So you're probably wondering how your gut health is related to your hormones? Right?
I'm about to explain how CRUCIAL gut health is to having healthy hormones - and if you're gut health is "off" chances are your hormones are imbalanced too.
I've spoken to many women who have described hormonal symptoms after taking a round of "antibiotics" or from taking long term birth control pills. This is not a coincidence. Antibiotics and birth control pills both have a direct affect on the gut and the good bacteria that lives there.
We must nourish our gut with gut-friendly foods, that help our good bacteria thrive, and stop bad bacteria from over-growing and turning us into hormonal raging dragons!
So how does our gut become poorly?
Stress can really damage the bacteria in the gut. Feeling emotional or physical stress can deplete minerals in the body, it can also cause a lot of inflammation. When our bodies are inflamed, we are unable to fight off pathogens which enter the body, over time, these pathogens build up small army's in our guts, and start to "over grow" causing little holes in our small intestinal wall. This leads to leaky gut - which in turn, leads to food allergies, acne, melasma, digestive issues, more stress & anxiety!!
Bad food choices
Bad food choices can also inflame the body the same way that stress does. It once again causes holes to form in the small intestinal lining, and once again - we have skin problems, hormonal problems and digestive problems.
Antibiotics/medications/birth control -
All three of these trigger gut issues. They kill off good bacteria leaving only fungus and pathogens to form, this causes an overgrowth of bad bacteria and fungus, which starts to form holes in our small intestine - leading to leaky gut again!! Eurgh!!
How are hormones involved?
Once you have little holes in your small intestine, the undigested food particles move around the body in the blood stream - and the bodies defenses attack them! Over time, our body gets tired because the undigested food is constantly been attacked, and this weakens our immune system. When the immune system becomes weak, our hormones suffer as a result. Our poor hormones don't get the nourishment and attention they need - and they become imbalanced. This then leads to a whole host of problems, PMS, acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, melasma, digestive problems, thinning hair, brittle nails, anxiety, depression, constipation, headaches, sleeplessness, the list goes on and on, and its not pretty.
How do we fix this issue?
Fixing the gut is crucial to fixing your hormones. Here's a list of things I recommend you do to fix your gut.
- Take a high quality soil based probiotic with a strain of 30 billion active cultures or more.
- Drink bone broth 3-4 times a week AT LEAST.
- Take a collagen supplement, this will help to seal off the holes in your small intestine
- Take L-Glutamine powder, this will also help to heal the gut.
- Drink apple cider vinegar and water first thing in the morning to help your digestion
- If you suspect candida, take oil of oregano supplements or caprylic acid and eat lots of coconut oil.
- Drink lots of water to flush out the toxins
- Avoid any processed foods or yeast based foods
- Be gentle to yourself
- Take time to de-stress from life - take up yoga or walk after dinner to help digest food
- Take digestive enzymes to help break down your food.
Remember - everybody is individual. If you want a more hands-on and individual approach - I offer packages where I can coach you through - giving you tips, ideas, recipes & one-on-one calls to check in & keep you updated. I also offer supplement delivery to your door and meal plans.
Reach out to me if you're interested in a holistic approach to healing your hormones with some hands on assistance by little old me!
Love you ladies - I can't stress enough how much I love helping each and everyone of you on your wellness journey! Have a great day! Happy Wednesday!