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Hormones and Gut Health

Balance Hormones by Restoring Your Gut Health

When in balance, our hormones can help us feel on top of the world, ready to face every day with vitality and energy. Yet sadly even small imbalances in the intricate endocrine system can cause the whole body, and what seems to be like our whole life, become chaotic, leaving us feeling depleted and not ourselves. None more so it seems than during the menopause years!

Of course hormonal imbalances are multi-factorial disorders, meaning they are caused by a combination of factors such as your diet, medical history, genetics, stress levels and exposure to toxins from your environment.

What has gut health got to do with hormones?

An expanding field of new research shows that your gut health plays a significant role in hormone regulation. If you have a lack of beneficial probiotic bacteria lining your intestinal wall, you’re more susceptible to hormonal problems including thyroid disorders, diabetes and obesity. That’s because inflammation usually stems from your gut and then impacts nearly every aspect of your health.

These bacteria are referred to as your microbiome and their importance to health is becoming an increasingly important area of study.

We already know how important these bacteria are for digestion, breaking down and removing toxins from the body. We also know that these  bacteria can metabolise and recycle hormones in the body, so important for managing oestrogen dominance … and researchers are continually discovering more about how our friendly bacteria impact our hormones. All of which can help us navigate this stage of life with clarity and health.

Let’s take a look at how the bacteria, the microbiome, affect specific hormones in the body.

How Gut Bacteria Impact Your Hormones

Your body’s endocrine system produces more than 50 hormones, many of which have a major impact on your health and wellbeing. Gut microbiome can influence your hormones to benefit your health in a variety of important ways as you can see from the list below.

Promoting Relaxation

  • Cortisol: Controls blood sugar levels, metabolism, inflammation, and more. Gut bacteria can reduce levels of cortisol in the body, helping you maintain a sense of calm and peace.

Maintaining Mood

  • Oestrogen: Levels of oestrogen in the body are affected by our digestion—a normal bowel transit time allows excess oestrogen to pass out of the body, rather than be reabsorbed. By optimising digestion, your gut bacteria helps keep excess oestrogen out of circulation.

Boosting Energy

  • Insulin: The pancreas secretes the hormone insulin, which allows our cells to absorb glucose from our blood to be used for energy. Insulin resistance is an increasing problem during mid-life leading to chronic health conditions.

Controlling Appetite

  • Leptin: The satiety hormone that we can become resistant to hearing. Friendly bacteria in our gut increase our body’s sensitivity to leptin, so our brain gets the message loud and clear to stop eating when we are full.

Helping Sleep

  • Melatonin, the “sleep” hormone, needs the amino acid tryptophan to convert serotonin (the “happy” chemical) into melatonin. By increasing our body’s levels of tryptophan, gut bacteria can help to regulate levels of melatonin in the body.

Boosting Libido

  • Testosterone: Testosterone isn’t just a male hormone, women have it too. Good bowel bacteria help maintain a healthy balance.

Supporting Blood Sugar

  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D isn’t a vitamin at all, but a hormone responsible for helping the body absorb calcium, balancing blood sugar, and regulating adrenaline and serotonin.

Managing Common Menopause Symptoms

  • Research is now also showing that colonising the gut with friendly bacteria helps with some common menopause symptoms such as night sweats, hot flushes, vaginal atrophy, hair loss, urinary tract infections.

It’s clear that your friendly gut flora play a starring role in keeping your hormone levels in optimal balance. So, how do you properly nurture your magnificent microbiome so your bacteria can return the favour? Here are four simple steps to get you started:

4 Simple steps to create a healthy gut and happy hormones

1. First and foremost, to remove toxins and old and excessive hormones, stop them from being reabsorbed, it’s essential you have a daily bowel movement. Just as important is the quality and integrity of the digestive tract mucous membrane as this is the ‘good earth’ that allows the good bacteria to multiply. Think of your bacteria as plants in your garden, they need the right earth and nutrients to grow and be healthy.

Here’s How:

  • Soak 2 tbsp golden organic linseeds (available from most health food stores and some supermarkets) in AT LEAST 2 volume of water. Cover and leave overnight in the fridge.
  • In the morning the seeds will have swollen and the mixture will have thickened. If too thick add a little warm water.
  • (This is tasteless and odourless and can be kept covered in the fridge for 2-3 days)
  • First thing in the morning, add 1 x tbsp. of the MIX, to a small amount of warm water or a shot of organic apple juice and drink all.
  • If you’re constipated, you can do this morning and evening until you see an improvement in bowel habits.
  • You should see an improvement within 4-7 days.
  • Contra-indications: Diverticulitis, crohns, colitis, hormone related cancer.

2. Drink a minimum of 2 litres of water/day.  This also helps maintain the integrity of the gut mucous membrane and provides so many other benefits for hormones and health.

3. Take a daily, multi-strain, high-quality probiotic to boost your population of beneficial bacteria. Four times a year should be all that’s needed. I recommend a course over the spring and autumn equinoxes and the summer and winter solstice, as this is when your body goes through a natural cleanse and could do with some additional support. If you have a course of antibiotics, then you could take a course after to restore health.

I recommend Cytoplan.co.uk Cyto-Biotic. You are welcome to use my discount code SC0008-35-0 to receive 35% off your first on-line order.

4. Eat a huge variety of natural foods covering the colours of the rainbow. See the colonies of good bacteria in your gut as populations of different countries. Each population requires a slightly different diet to thrive and survive so variety is key.

Carrots          Sweet Potatoes          Apples          Vegetable & Fish Oils

Spinach          Kale          Apricots          Citrus Fruits

Collard Greens          Tomatoes          Blueberries          Olives

Pears          Raspberries          Black Beans          Grapes

Strawberries          Cabbage          Onions          Broccoli

Blackberries          Nuts and Seeds          Parsley          Cauliflower

Green Tea          Black Tea          Celery          Sprouts

Radish          Watercress          Pinto Bean          Kidney Bean

Cranberries          Red/green/orange/yellow peppers

Hormones are involved in nearly every bodily process, and supporting your gut microbiome and nourishing your friendly flora, keeping your digestive tract moving with a healthy mucous membrane can help you find your balance and feel like your true self, so you can enjoy your healthiest, happiest days.

I KNOW this can make a SIGNIFICANT difference to how you look and feel.

 


A full hysterectomy in her 30s led nutritional therapist and health coach Clare on an amazing adventure exploring the many opportunities available to manage her enforced menopause and create long-term health.

Clare prefers the natural approach, and qualifying in nutritional therapy gave her the confidence to come off HRT, take back control of her life and health, and look forward to living the best half of her life free of prescription drugs. Understanding the importance of creating harmony of health of both body and mind through menopause and beyond, she’s now on a mission to inspire, educate and empower other women, too.

Click HERE to find out more about how Clare shares her years of exploring, experience and knowledge through 1:1 consultations and online programmes, and where you can request a FREE 30 minute consultation with Clare to discuss any personal menopause symptoms/health concerns you may have.

 

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