Gut health is vital for proper metabolism of hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Career demands and family obligations are typically sky-rocketing when we turn 30-35, and stress hormone, cortisol, is constantly running high. Cortisol, makes the gut lining more permeable (‘leaky’), leading to symptoms such as bloating, food sensitivities, skin issues, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, etc. Furthermore, any processed foods, pesticides, toxic personal products, medications, etc, also negatively affect our gut microbiome, and increase overall inflammation in our bodies as about 70% of the lymph tissue is located around the intestines.
This is commonly present in women with estrogen-progesterone imbalance. Poor gut health causes not only inefficient estrogen elimination but also increased estrogen reabsorption. Moreover, a body always prioritizes cortisol production as a survival hormone, and, thus, ‘steals the building blocks’ from progesterone resulting in progesterone deficiency.
The end result is relative estrogen dominance with notorious symptoms of heavy periods, fluid retention, breast tenderness, bloating, irritability, GI issues, insomnia, mood swings, PMS, poor memory, decreased concentration, fatigue, etc. You get the point!
Overall, the relationship between hormones and gut health is complex and is not fully understood. However, it is clear that poor diet/toxins and chronic stress can negatively impact gut health and cause hormonal imbalance. Eating organic, high-fiber, protein-rich diet, prioritizing sleep, managing stress, and getting regular exercise (but not overexercising) can help to promote healthy hormonal balance and gut function.

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