Gut and Hormone Connection
Your gut is responsible for absorbing nutrients to build hormones, eliminating excess hormones, and houses the majority of your immune system. It’s why hormones can affect gut health and gut health can lead to hormone imbalance
How Hormones Can Impact Your Gut:
- Thyroid: Thyroid hormone helps you have adequate stomach acid & keeps things moving (that means pooping regularly)
- Progesterone: It is a smooth muscle relaxant and can make you feel a little stopped up before you period
- Prostaglandins (hormone-like chemicals): These cause muscles to contract and can be the cause of period poops.
How Your Gut Can Impact Your Hormones:
- Cortisol: This hormone is responsible for dampening inflammation. Imbalances and infections in the gut can be a cause of inflammation that makes your adrenals work overtime.
- Thyroid: Your thyroid hormone has to be activated and one key area of the body that does that is your gut. A healthy gut helps you have healthy thyroid levels.
- Estrogen: Once your liver detoxes your estrogen, your gut is one of the ways your body moves it out. If you’re not pooping or you have an imbalance in your gut bugs then you can end up with estrogen dominance.
Yes, we need to work on hormone imbalances, but if your gut is in serious need of support then you’ve got to address the root of the issue.
Your gut issues could actually be linked to any hormonal imbalances going on within your body.
The majority of the immune system is located in the gut – 70-80% actually.
Healing you gut issues will help improve Thyroid health and balance out your hormones. How do you do this??
- Food Triggers
- Life Stressors
- Digestive Enzymes
- Anti Inflammatory food
- Rich in Anti-oxidants
- High in Fibre
- Nutrient Rich
Digestive System absorbs nutrients from food, this makes hormones you need and excretes what you dont need….. Get constipated?? This will stop estrogen getting excreted from the body and this then means the body will be dealing with more hormones in the body – Meaning Root cause of hormone imbalances can be the GUT
The Gut Microbiome plays a big role in the regulation os estrogen levels and Diet and Lifestyle factors are common things that can disrupt this connection
If there is inflammation in the body…the immune system mistakes tissues as foreign objects and attacks the body…leading to inflammation