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We continue to discuss the importance of the gut biome. The microbiome (GUT health) synthesizes nutrients and assists with digestion. It releases chemicals that regulate mood and metabolism and immune function, and if all that wasn’t enough, it also helps to control the level of estrogen.
How the Microbiome Affects Estrogen
Estrogen is made primarily by your ovaries. It then circulates through your body to your uterus and breasts and other organs, until it reaches your liver where it’s inactivated. Inactivated estrogen is then sent to the intestine where it is supposed to stay inactivated so it can exit the body through the stool. That is normal, healthy estrogen metabolism.
When certain intestinal bacteria are present, something very different happens. Unfriendly bacteria make an enzyme called beta-glucuronidase, which re-activates estrogen in your gut. That’s a problem because re-activated estrogen then re-enters your body and causes excess estrogen. That is impaired estrogen metabolism.
The Problem With Excess Estrogen
Too much estrogen can make periods heavier. It also contributes to the long-term risk of conditions such as uterine fibroids and breast cancer
How To Improve Estrogen Metabolism Through The Gut
Alkalisingyour diet and ultimately the body you reduce the risk of inflammation, which combined with high estrogens can lead to cancerous cell formation. Wild-caught fish and non-starchy vegetables like spinach and green beans to normalize inflammation levels & heal your gut.
- Eat more vegetables.
Fibrepromotes a healthy microbiome and decreases the activity of the microbial enzyme beta-glucuronidase. Dietary fibreprovides the “fuel” your colon cells require to optimally function & aid in fermentation & digestion. Smart fibreoptions include leafy and cruciferous vegetables, berries, and raw nuts and seeds.
- Antioxidant supporting foods – reducing free radicals produced by oxidative stress, can reduce the risks on numerous diseases and assist in “hormone” balancing and vascular health.
- Reduce alcohol consumption. Chronic alcohol consumption alters the microbiome leading to
higheractivity of beta-glucuronidase and higher levels of estrogen metabolites, as well as increasing levels of acidity.
- Take a probiotic. In one study, oral supplementation of Lactobacillus acidophilus decreased the activity of beta-glucuronidase. A good quality multi-strain probiotic will assist in replenishing and balancing the gut biome. This can also be taken in the form of “fermented foods” – sauerkraut, Kvass, Kefir, naturally organic
- Natural herbal supplements – WILD YAM, has been shown to be beneficial in assisting the balancing of estrogen naturally.
BALANCED HEALING can assist you to balance your gut biome