When you think about hormones, you don’t necessarily think of your gut. (unless you are me) BUT did you know that the gut has an integral role in influencing your hormones ? .
Your microbiome, (gut bacteria and their genes) have so many important functions.... including, generating and synthesising (making) essential nutrients, assisting with your digestion, controling your moods by releasing chemicals that regulate them, your metabolism and your immune function, but interestingly this same microbiome also controls your level of OESTROGEN !! So. Many. Functions happening in the gut.
So long story short, when you have specific bacteria or pathogens out of balance in your gut, they can switch on oestrogen that shouldn’t be switched on, causing a oestrogen excess. (Think, painful, heavy clotting periods, weight gain around the hips, mood changes, fibrocystic breasts, fibroids and so on). What this Means is that an under functioning bad gut, can impact your hormones... severely. .
So, you can see that your overall health is multifactorial. So many systems in place. It’s not as easy as going on the pill, or taking pain killers or doing an over the counter detox. It’s not about drinking kombucha every day, or avoiding grains. It’s so much more in depth. Anything vagina, hormones or gut related, is totally my jam. Do your research and get some testing done and get to the bottoms of your hormonal woes.
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