Did you know the health of your gut can affect your estrogen levels?
The estrobolome is a collection of bacteria housed in the gut that helps your body break down and regulate the levels of estrogen circulating in your body. Signs of an unhealthy gut can include bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, food sensitivities, weight gain, fatigue, and skin problems.
When the estrobolome is unhealthy it produces an increased amount of beta-glucuronidase; an enzyme that breaks down estrogen into its active form to be eliminated or absorbed back into the body. Bacterial overgrowth and the lack of diversity in the gut can increase beta-glucuronidase levels, which can increase the amount of estrogen reabsorbed, leading to estrogen dominance.
Estrogen plays a major role in reproduction but too much of it being reabsorbed can lead to fat gain (belly, hips, thighs), mood swings, headaches, fatigue, fertility issues (endometriosis, PCOS), and fibroids.
Taking a holistic approach to healing your gut through lifestyle changes in your diet, physical activity, and stress levels can help you achieve optimal levels of estrogen!
Here are 5 nutrition tips to help promote gut health and hormone balance:
- Eat The Rainbow: Consume a wide range of organic fruits and veggies to help promote diversity in the gut.
- Reduce or Eliminate Alcohol: Excessive drinking can promote the growth of harmful bacteria and decrease the number of good bacteria in the gut. Alcohol also decreases the liver’s ability to detoxify reabsorbed estrogens and other endocrine system-disrupting chemicals leading to an increase in estrogen levels.
- Prebiotics/Probiotics: Prebiotics help to feed the probiotics so they can restore the healthy bacteria in your gut (prebiotic fruits include apples, kiwi, blueberries, grapefruit, and watermelon).
- Calcium-D-Glucarate can help to increase the elimination of estrogen, which can aid in reducing estrogen levels in the body. Sources include broccoli, cabbage, kale, apples, oranges, and grapefruit.
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