What is the gut microbiome?
Your GI tract is full of trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungi. They are collectively known as the microbiome. While some gut bacteria are associated with disease, others are extremely important for your immune system and to produce the healthy gut bacteria needed for energy, mood and overall health.
The balance of bacteria in your gut may be disrupting your health. This imbalance is called dysbiosis and it can be improved through diet and lifestyle changes.
What is hormonal imbalance?
Hormones are the chemical messengers for our body. When you have a hormone imbalance that means you either have too little or too much of a particular one. Progesterone, estrogen, androgens and their metabolites need to be in balance. As do our adrenal hormones such as cortisone and DHEA. Since hormones play a big role in our health even small changes in the wrong direction can cause problems.
How are they related?
Gut dysbiosis may contribute to estrogen dominance, in other words, hormone imbalance. When the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut is disrupted it’s common to experience gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea but sometimes we don’t! Gut dysbiosis can show up in other ways too! Such as hormonal imbalances, skin conditions, anxiety and a weakened immune system.
When it comes to hormone balance the gut microbiota works to convert estrogens to its active forms assisting the body in maintaining good hormonal health. Estrogen dominance is influenced by gut health but shows up in symptoms such as acne, swelling, tender breasts, heavy and/or painful periods, mood disturbances, weight gain, anxiety, infertility issues, insomnia and PMS/PMDD.
This program is designed to determine the root cause of your hormonal imbalances that are related to your gut health.