These DIGESTIVE issues are NOT OK (even though they’re common) and they affect the balance of your HORMONES.
These digestive symptoms may also be signals that you’re suffering from Estrogen Dominance as well:
📍 Diarrhea or loose stool
📍 Acid reflux
As human beings, our bodies are complex systems that are constantly working together to maintain optimal health. One essential aspect of our health that is often overlooked is the role of our digestive system in hormonal balance. In recent years, there has been a growing understanding of how clearing digestive issues can be a key factor in achieving hormonal balance. In this blog, we will delve deeper into this topic and explore why having a healthy digestive system is crucial for hormonal health.
The Gut-Hormone Connection
The gut, often referred to as the “second brain,” is home to trillions of bacteria that make up our gut microbiome. These bacteria play a vital role in our overall health, including hormonal balance. The gut and hormones are intricately connected through a bidirectional communication system known as the gut-hormone axis. Hormones secreted by various glands in the body can affect the gut, and in turn, the gut can influence hormone production and balance.
One of the most well-known hormones affected by the gut is serotonin, often referred to as the “feel-good” hormone. Serotonin is primarily produced in the gut and is responsible for regulating mood, appetite, and sleep. An unhealthy gut can disrupt serotonin production, leading to imbalances that can result in mood swings, food cravings, and sleep disturbances.
Additionally, the gut produces hormones such as ghrelin and leptin, which regulate hunger and satiety. Imbalances in these hormones can lead to overeating or poor appetite regulation, contributing to weight gain or loss, and disrupting hormonal balance.
Furthermore, the gut is responsible for metabolizing and eliminating excess estrogen from the body. Estrogen dominance, a condition where estrogen levels are elevated in relation to other hormones, can occur when the gut is unable to properly metabolize and excrete estrogen. This can lead to a hormonal imbalance and result in symptoms such as irregular menstrual cycles, mood swings, and bloating.
Common Digestive Issues and Hormonal Imbalances
Several common digestive issues can disrupt hormonal balance. Let’s explore some of them:
- Leaky gut syndrome: Leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability, is a condition where the lining of the gut becomes compromised, allowing toxins, undigested food particles, and bacteria to leak into the bloodstream. This can trigger an immune response, leading to inflammation and hormonal imbalances. Chronic inflammation in the gut can disrupt hormonal signaling, leading to irregular menstrual cycles, mood swings, and other hormonal issues.
- Dysbiosis: Dysbiosis refers to an imbalance in the gut microbiome, with an overgrowth of harmful bacteria and a decrease in beneficial bacteria. Dysbiosis can disrupt the production and metabolism of hormones in the gut, leading to hormonal imbalances. For example, imbalances in gut bacteria can impair the production of serotonin, affecting mood and appetite regulation.
- Constipation: Chronic constipation can lead to hormonal imbalances by disrupting the elimination of waste products and toxins from the body. This can result in increased reabsorption of estrogen in the gut, leading to estrogen dominance and hormonal imbalances.
- Nutrient deficiencies: A healthy gut is crucial for the proper absorption and utilization of nutrients, including those that are essential for hormone production and balance. Nutrient deficiencies, often caused by poor gut health, can lead to hormonal imbalances.
Clearing Digestive Issues for Hormonal Balance
Achieving hormonal balance often starts with improving gut health. Here are some key strategies for clearing digestive issues and promoting hormonal balance:
- Start with taking the Food Sensitivity Test!
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet: A diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods, with an emphasis on fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats, can support a healthy gut and hormonal balance. Avoiding processed foods.
- Talk to your provider at New Leaf Wellness, Omaha, NE and the other New Leaf Wellness clinics. Start with taking the Food Sensitivity Test!
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