Our gut microbiome (microbiota) is the combined genetic material of the microorganisms in the gut. Your hormones will NOT be balanced, until your gut microbiome is balanced.
Enter, estrobolome! Estrobolome is an entire microbiota dedicated to regulating oestrogen levels. It plays an important role in the regulation of oestrogen.
These microbes (estrobolome) produce an enzyme called beta-glucuronidase. Beta-glucuronidase activity promotes the binding of unbound oestrogen to oestrogen receptors and influences any processes in the body that are dependent on oestrogen.
A healthy gut produces balanced levels of beta-glucuronidase which means more balanced oestrogen levels. But if the gut bacteria is not in balance, also known as dysbiosis, the beta-glucuronidase enzymes can become out of balance. This can mean either too much or too little oestrogen. Both of these can have a negative effect on overall hormone balance and overall health, especially oestrogen levels. Oestrogen dominance is a huge problem in women.
Symptoms of high oestrogen in women
could present as:
- Ovarian cysts
- Breast and uterine cancers
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Worsening PMS symptoms
- Menstrual issues
- Fertility struggles
- Weight gain
(and so much more!)
10 ways to promote good gut bacteria:
- Minimise antibiotic use if possible
- Switch out toxic products for low/non-tox products
- Eat as local and organic as possible
- Walk barefoot in nature
- Ditch the antibac
- Minimis/ditch alcohol
- Get out in the sunshine
- Stimulate your vagus nerve
- Get moving
- Consume nutritious foods