Are Gut And Hormone Health Connected?
Digestion and bathroom talk definitely don’t fall into the realm of the daily morning “Hey how are you” conversations. Which is exactly why you might not even know that your “normal” maybe isn’t quite as normal (or healthy) as you had previously thought.
Know the saying “happy wife, happy life”? This applies to your gut and hormones, TENFOLD. We are only as healthy as our digestive tract, so if we start noticing a lot of gas, bloating, constipation and the like, it’s worth paying attention to. Chances are something is going on inside us. Not to mention, it’s pretty difficult for our hormones to be at a healthy balance when our gut is unhappy. Most thyroid conversions occur in the gut, which means unbalanced hormone levels, like an excess of the sex hormone estrogen, cannot be filtered out properly if we have inconsistent bathroom or digestive tendencies.
Gut imbalances can lead to IBD, IBS, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and atopy. So it really is essential that you start paying attention to your gut right away, and doing everything you can to improve its condition.
What is Your Gut Saying?
It time to start paying attention to your gut and what it's trying to tell you. Keep a lookout for the following signs of a happy gut:
- Minimal skin issues including acne breakouts, eczema, and psoriasis.
- Minimal mood issues or disorders
- Minimal autoimmunity flairs (RA, Thyroids, IBS)
- Minimal gas and bloating
- Not requiring caffeine to hit the bathroom
- Going “number two” 1-3 times a day
- Bathroom consistency is similar to a banana or chicken sausage
Can you already relate to some of these points? If so, that’s already a great start. But, you should still keep trying to actively improve your gut health so the rest of your body can catch up and improve too. This includes cutting out certain products from your diet or ditching harmful habits that influence your gut.
Things That May Negatively Impact Gut Health:
- Antibiotics, hormonal birth controls, anti-depressants, NSAIDs like Aspirin, Tylenol and Ibuprofen
- Alcohol - yes, even in small quantities
- Poor sleep habits
- Over-training in the gym
- GMO foods and products full of pesticides
- Chronic stress
- Concentrated sugar consumption
- Incorporating TOO much “gut stuff” (aka over-doing it with things like probiotics, sauerkraut, and kombucha)
Steps to improve your gut health
Want to improve your GI and overall health? It’s not so much about WHAT we eat, but rather what we can actually ABSORB and DIGEST. Sure, we can fill up our tank with all of the high-quality goodies we like, but it won’t mean shizz if our body can’t absorb or do anything with them and the nutrients they contain.
- Consider reducing your intake of protein bars as these contain many additive ingredients and fibers
- Cook your vegetables
- Incorporate bone broth & collagen
- Consider supplementing with digestive enzymes (I recommend Nuethix Formulations: Utlylize) & Betaine HCl (Thorne Research). This is especially helpful if you are experiencing a lot of bloating, heartburn or hypothyroidism, as stomach acid is usually the issue
- Snag a copy of Dr. Ruscio’s Healthy Gut, Happy You for some in-depth education
Working on your gut, naturally
All things considered, you can implement the following strategies to support and improve your gut naturally:
- Drink at least 1 gallon of water a day and sleep between 7 to 8 hours
- Consume between 25 and 35 grams of fiber each day
- Minimize your consumption of alcohol, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, dairy, gluten, corn, and soy
- Do not consume an excess of sugar found in processed foods (the sugar found in fruits is good!)
- Always check your food quality and prioritize organic, higher-quality meals
But, one of the best ways you can encourage the natural improvement of your gut health is to minimize stress. The more relaxed you feel, the more energy your body can dedicate to healing and improving upon itself.
Gut not improving?
If, after some time, you still don’t see any big improvements with your gut and visits to the bathroom, there may be a bacterial issue within your digestive system.
Work with a doctor and consider testing for H.Pylori, SIBO, or Candida overgrowth. A white tongue or toe fungus may point towards too much Candida in your system, whereas MORE bloating after consuming fermented foods or probiotics may point towards SIBO.
If you are interested in learning more about how to improve your life and how to find balance, reach out to me via email@example.com.