This may not be common knowledge to many, but our gut health is quite literally the epicenter, a key source, of our overall physical and mental health.
To quote Vincent Pedre, MD, in his book Happy Gut: “When I say it all starts in the gut, I mean almost everything! Headaches, allergies, weight gain, acne, skin rashes, yeast infections, hormonal imbalances, fatigue, immune challenges and even the way you sense pain”
If there is one thing to know about the human body; it’s this: the human body has a ringmaster. This ringmaster controls your digestion, your immunity, your brain, your weight, your health and even your happiness. This ringmaster is the gut.Nancy Mure
Before we jump into the rest of this article, I compiled a list of credible sources regarding this piece. Therefore, I strongly advise that you take it upon yourself to do further reading on the matter and to always consult a professional before making any health-related changes.
The Gut Health and Hormones Relationship
Our gut consists of a combination of good and bad bacteria. Additionally, our gut serves a number of important functions, including maintaining a healthy immune system and regulating hormones carefully.
Hormones affect almost everything about us. From our moods to our satisfaction, motivation, metabolism, happiness and more. When the bacteria in our gut is out of balance, it throws our hormones out of tune. Consequently, when our hormones are out of whack, we feel it but we’re unaware of it at times.
A lot impacts our gut and our hormones, from the food we consume, our sleep schedules, the medication we take, the amount of physical activity we get and even stress-inducing activities for prolonged periods of time without proper stress management.
Signs and Symptoms of an Unhealthy Gut
- Frequent illnesses, from colds to yeast infections
- Headaches and migraines
- Brain fog, inability to concentrate
- Fatigue or low energy on most days
- Acne and other skin issues like eczema
- Chronic diarrhoea or constipation (or both)
- Depression and anxiety
- Bloating and gas
- Hormone imbalance
- Difficulty losing weight
How to Heal Your Gut and Keep it Balanced
- Restore your gut health with a hormone balancing diet
- Take the right supplements to balance hormones and restore gut health
- If you can, limit antibiotic exposure as these are hard on the gut because they kill all bacteria, not just the bad bacteria.
- Rethinking the birth pill, just like antibiotics, erodes the balance of good and bad gut bacteria.
- Stress management is key. Find something to help you de-stress.
- Get sufficient sleep. Research shows a link between sleep levels, gut bacteria balance and cognitive function.
- Maintain an active lifestyle. Studies show that consistent exercise can benefit gut bacteria, diversity and overall development of healthy bacteria.
- Up your intake of important vitamins and minerals.
In summary, the health of our gut greatly impacts the quality of our overall health and the quality of our daily lives. Hormonal imbalance affects things like our mood swings, causing constant fatigue and chronic stress that is not necessarily normal but could instead be a result of our gut being unhealthy.
Links for further in-depth reading on the link between gut health and hormones:
- Balance Your Hormones by Stabilizing Your Gut
- The Relationship Between Gut Health and Your Hormones
- The Gut-Hormone Connection: How Gut Health Impacts Hormones
- Why your Gut Health and Microbiome make-or-break your Hormone Balance
- HOW YOUR GUT MICROBIOME INFLUENCES YOUR HORMONES
- You Are What You Eat?
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