gut health and hormones

Gut Health and Hormones

The guts impact on hormones

 

I think we all know about unbalanced hormones, from PMS to acne, irregular periods, pain, lethargy, moods, and so much more. Am I right, ladies? Did you know that our gut health plays a key role in keeping our hormones happy and in balance? Our gut is full of microbiomes that play significant roles in: 

  • The synthesis and regulation of hormones and neurotransmitters
  • Facilitates absorption of macro- and micronutrients needed to make hormones
  • Contributes to the regulation of estrogen levels in the body

 

So what can we do to love our guts and support our hormones?

 

1. Eat a diverse, nutrient-dense diet

Eating a diverse variety of nutrient-dense foods rich in quality protein, fibre, and fat ensures you’re providing your body with what it needs to produce healthy hormones, as well as optimise digestion, regulate blood sugar, feed good gut bacteria, and effectively eliminate toxins.

Foods to focus on: 
  • Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, contain a compound that helps with the detoxification of estrogen
  • Prebiotic foods such as garlic, onions, asparagus, and bananas feed good gut bacteria
  • Probiotic foods such as kefir, kombucha, kimchi, and other fermented foods feed the gut more “good bugs.”

Extra notes:

  • Make sure that you are not eating on the run, as your body does not digest properly in this state
  • Finding that you frequently experience digestive symptoms such as bloating and cramps, etc. Take a digestive enzyme formula to support proper digestion and absorption of nutrients

 

2. Reduce chemical exposure

Estrogens can also be obtained from the environment, they are called xenoestrogens and disrupt the balance of the hormones within our bodies. These xenoestrogens are found in our cleaning products, plastics, skin care, pesticides, and fragrances. 

Switches to make:
  • Plastic bottles and containers to glass or stainless steel
  • Commercial cleaning, skincare, and makeup to natural ones
  • Avoid household fragrances; instead, have plants or quality essential oil diffusers

 

Here are some natural brands to get you started:
  • Cleaning: Abode, Eco Store, EnviroClean, Simply Clean
  • Makeup: Inika, Eze Perez, 100% Pure, Eco Minerals, Scout
  • Skin Care: Maeemo, ENIKO, Sukin, Mukti, and Weleda

Extra Tips: 

  • Do you still want to wear your favourite perfume? Spray it on the outside of your clothes instead of directly on the skin. 
  • Never heat plastic in the microwave

 

3. Avoid excess medication and hormonal birth control  

Medications don’t necessarily correct your hormones and are not always the answer to hormonal imbalances. They may leave you with nutrient deficiencies along with other issues. 

Work with your health professionals to discuss what is necessary and to find possible alternatives.

 

4. Reduce and manage stress

Stress is unavoidable, but reducing stress where possible, and learning to manage it better do wonders for our gut health and hormones. 

A few tools and techniques I love to include:
  • Exercise/movement
  • Getting outside/in nature 
  • Connecting with friends/loved ones
  • Meditation, prayer, or deep breathing practices
  • Therapy
  • Cooking or baking (Try our Banana Bread recipe)
  • Setting firm boundaries around work, social media use, etc.

 

5. Seek Help

Hormones are tricky things, but understanding them and getting them balanced makes a world of difference. A naturopath can help you understand what is going on with your hormones and provide testing if needed.

 

Love Alissa & Kristyn ❤

 

 

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