Digestive health is critical for hormonal balance and a new area of research into the symbiotic relationship existing in our bodies between microorganisms and our cells. Turns out a certain set of gut bacteria and more specifically certain bacterial genes, called the estrobolome, produce an essential enzyme that helps metabolize estrogen. Your gut therefore is part of the elimination system that is vital in ushering hormones out of the body.
To encourage the balance and production of these healthy partners then our diet and lifestyle play an important role. Its not just estrobolome that is important, there are literally thousands of different microorganisms which make up our microbiome which modulate hormone production and breakdown. In fact our moods can be directy linked to the balance in our microbiome with over 90% of the serotonin in our bodies is produced in the GUT through these healthy bugs.
Estrogen-dominance as a result of a poorly functioning microbiome leads to every hormonal imbalance symptom or sickness you can think of – infertility, PMS, low libido, cramps and heavy bleeding, and PCOS. Plus, it can make you far more susceptible to estrogen-led cancers like breast cancer.
How to maintain a healthy microbiome for happier hormones
New research shows that unless we make a conscious effort, we in the Western world cannot maintain a healthy gut. The mainstream lifestyle works against our microbiome with what we generally eat and how we live. We have to decide to take control of our own health and make the right choices.
Here are my Do’s and Don’ts:
- DO follow the eight week Happy Hormones Lifestyle program
- DO get rid of the white stuff – that’s dairy, sugar and gluten.
- DO eat fermented foods rich in good bacteria like kimchi and sauerkraut – a couple of tablespoons a day will work wonders.
- DO take a trusted probiotic supplement from a well-established company.
- DO drink fermented drinks like coconut water kefir, kombucca and rejuvelac.
- DO eat fibre rich foods such as asparagus, carrots, root vegetables, and greens which encourage microorganism growth.
- DO take Happy Hormones to assist in the healthy excretion of hormones.
- DO the free happy hormones assessment to determine your hormonal status.
- DON’T ingest too many antibiotics. Avoid eating meat that contains antibiotics and avoid turning to antibiotics every time you have a cough or cold. Overuse will harm your estrobolome. As the antibiotics kill off the bad bacteria, they also kill off the good bacteria and it can be very difficult for the microbiome to bounce back from an aggressive course. More and more of us are becoming aware of the dangers of overuse of antibiotics as we see what happens when superbugs are created that are resistant to any kind of medical treatment.
- DON’T use the Pill. The Pill acts like an antibiotic in the gut, destroying the micro biome balance. If your doctor prescribes the Pill for PCOS particularly, you will find it will only worsen the problems of weight gain and insulin sensitivity, because of the impact on gut flora. Just recently new research linked Pill use to an increased risk of Crohn’s disease, a symptomatic disease of imbalance in the microbiome.