As a physician, time is one of the greatest learning tools. Over the years I have learnt many things about the body simply through observation and slowly piecing together bits of information from patients and research to develop an understanding of how the body works. In my case it relates to hormonal imbalances and slowly building a picture of understanding that only time can deliver.
Many times research has validated observations I have made and recently a new field of research into GUT health has confirmed some clinical knowledge I had developed. I had always known that the health of the digestive tract had an influence on hormones from the fact that many women had digestive disorders that also had hormonal imbalances. One of the fundamental philosophies of naturopathic medicine is to improve digestive health to improve overall health so I had always worked with GUT health to assist with hormonal balance.
I had also known that the digestive system health is critical to assist with the elimination of hormones and without regular bowel movements hormones are resorbed and have a duplicated effect on the system which contributes to hormonal imbalance.
Recently however with the new research into the microbial balance of the digestive system some very interesting observations have been made relating to hormones. It has been found that the GUT microbiology have an effect not only on breaking down hormones but also in the manufacture of certain hormones, particularly relating to feel good hormone serotonin. In fact the digestive system contains up to 80% of the body’s total serotonin levels. If you are deficient in serotonin then you will become susceptible to depression and mood disorders.
Studies have since been done showing that supplementation with healthy GUT bacteria enhanced mood levels, improved depression, reduced learning disorders and even hyperactivity in as little as 30 days. Happy Hormones contains psyllium husks to improve digestive transit time and encourage healthy bacteria growth however it’s a good idea to include in your diet good quality acidophilus yoghurt daily to assist in balancing hormones and moods.
When you consider the amount of antibiotic use, high sugar diets which destroy healthy bacteria and a diet high in processed foods, our gut ecology is often in a poor state affecting our total well-being. The good news is with Happy Hormones and regular acidophilus yoghurt use you can improve digestion and look towards long term hormonal balance.