If you’re wondering, “why is this period girl talking about gut health?” this is for you. Gut issues are typical for most of my ladies who are on HBC because hormonal birth control acts similarly to antibiotics, and totally disrupts the microbiome.
But whether you’re on HBC or not, a dysfunctional gut is, in my opinion, a main contributor to hormone issues 👏🏼 because hormones never just “stop working” or “get unbalanced”and more often than not, this is linked to various gut issues.
Gut health is determined by a combination of things, it isn’t just *take a probiotic and you go on your way* There’s 3 major imbalances that occur in the gut that can impact this gut-hormone connection:
Estrobolome is a microbe in the gut that is responsible for regulating estrogen in the body.
Estrogen is a group of our sex hormones that are responsible for things like regulating brain chemistry and supporting our cardiovascular health, but when we have too much estrogen, it can look like PMS, heavy periods, clots, weight gain, and more.
When our estrobolome is disrupted, it can impact if/ how we are eliminating our estrogen at all. This can cause the body to reabsorb estrogen and potentially become estrogen dominant.
We have a fun balance of viruses, fungi, and bacteria in our microbiome that is responsible for triggering SO many bodily functions, including hormone production and maintaining healthy balance. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Our little bugs produce chemicals that trigger the body to function. It is the core of our being in more ways than one. The human gut is lined with more than 100 million nerve cells—it’s practically a brain!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When this is imbalanced it makes it incredibly difficult for our organs, hormones, and chemicals to function properly and do their jobs.
When we’re chronically exposed to stressors, whether they be emotional, environmental, dietary, or otherwise – it can cause inflammation in the gut + even leaky gut. This ongoing inflammation can lead to complications within the gut (like you know how traveling makes it hard to poop? – sort-of like that but 24/7) and this can also impact other organs and their ability to produce proper amounts of hormones.
Having healthy hormones means that we have to have a healthy gut too and *that* is where Gut Love comes in 🎉
The goal of this 8 week course is to support your gut so that your entire system can thrive
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Calee Shea is a Holistic Health Practioner based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is your go-to gal for all things periods, vaginal health, and sex.