Fix your gut, fix your hormonal imbalances

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Fix your gut, fix your hormonal imbalances

If you’re looking to fix your hormonal imbalances your gut health needs to be your number one priority.

The gut or digestive system is home to trillions of microorganisms, collectively known as the gut microbiome. This complex ecosystem helps us to absorb nutrients from our food, supports our digestion and releases chemicals that regulate crucial aspects such as mood, metabolism, and immune function. 

But what’s this got to do with your hormones?  Well your gut also helps to manage the amount of oestrogen in your body and this hormone plays an important role in female sexual and reproductive health. 

How gut microbiome affects hormonal imbalances

The gut microbiome is home to a community of bacteria responsible for controlling the amount of oestrogen produced known as the estrobolome.

Oestrogen is primarily produced by the ovaries and travels throughout the body to various organs and eventually reaches the liver where it is sent off to the gut to be eventually got rid of through your poo.

However, if your gut isn’t working properly, then certain unfriendly gut bacteria can make an enzyme called beta glucuronidase. This enzyme causes oestrogen to be recirculated in your body instead of getting rid of it and can result in hormonal imbalances. 

Are high oestrogen levels a bad thing? 

Oestrogen is an amazing hormone, but you can have too much of a good thing! Having long term high levels of oestrogen in your body can contribute to a myriad of conditions that can cause hormonal imbalances such as menstrual irregularities, PMS symptoms, fibroids and increased risk of certain cancers. 

Common symptoms of high oestrogen include:

  • Irregular or heavy periods
  • Water retention
  • Breast swelling and tenderness
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Fibrocystic breast changes
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • Hair loss
  • Painful periods
  • PMS 
  • Thyroid problems
Hormonal imbalances

5 things you can do to reduce hormonal imbalances

 

  1. Aim for 30 g of fibre per day

Fibre from wholegrains and vegetables and fruit can help to promote a healthy and diverse microbiome, which can help with elimination of toxins and removal of toxic oestrogens.

 

  1. Include Phytoestrogen Rich Foods

Phytoestrogens are a great source of fibre, which can help to nourish your microbiome and feed the good bacteria in your gut.  They have also been shown to help balance oestrogen levels by mimicking the effects of oestrogen in the body and may help to alleviate symptoms associated with oestrogen imbalances. 

They can be found in plant foods, like soya, chickpeas, lentils and flax seeds.

 

 

  1. Eat Cruciferous Vegetables Regularly

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower are high in indole – 3- carbinols, which are not only a great source of fibre, but they can help to support your liver from eliminating the toxic oestrogens in your body.

 

  1. Reduce Your Alcohol Intake

Alcohol can alter the microbiome and place an additional toxic load on your liver making it harder for your body to eliminate the excess oestrogen, so try to reduce your intake as much as possible.

 

  1. Avoid Xenoestrogens

Xenoestrogens are synthetic compounds that imitate the effects of our natural oestrogens, resulting in oestrogen dominance. These compounds can be found in birth control pills, plastics, and commonly used chemicals present in household products and cosmetics. Try to avoid or reduce your exposure as much as possible, by considering non-hormonal birth control methods, avoiding plastics whenever possible and switch to more natural skincare products.o

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I’m a Nutritional Therapist, who helps women get to the root cause of their hormone and period related health problems through diet and lifestyle changes.

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