The Key to Harmonizing Hormones and Gut Health

Written by Dr. Nirvana

June 28, 2024
The delicate balance of our digestive system relies heavily on our sex hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone (this applies to both women AND men). These hormones play a vital role in keeping our intestinal lining healthy. This lining, also known as the mucosa, acts as a protective barrier against harmful bacteria and toxins while aiding in nutrient absorption. Estrogen, in particular, has been found to influence the production of mucus, which helps lubricate the intestines and ensures smooth food passage. It also regulates the growth and repair of the intestinal lining, contributing to its overall integrity.
Progesterone also plays a significant role in maintaining gut health by influencing the immune response and helping the gut protect itself from infections. However, during menopause, the decline in estrogen and progesterone levels can have a significant impact on the intestinal lining.
As estrogen levels decrease, the production of mucus also decreases, making the intestines more vulnerable to irritation and inflammation. This weakened lining becomes more permeable, allowing harmful substances to leak into the bloodstream, potentially leading to inflammation and autoimmune disorders. This increased permeability, commonly known as ‘leaky gut,’ can contribute to digestive issues like bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Also, the reduced levels of progesterone can worsen these issues as it directly affects the gut’s immune response. As a result, women going through menopause often experience increased digestive discomfort and changes in bowel habits. This is why it’s crucial to understand the influence of sex hormones on gut health in order to address the digestive issues associated with perimenopause and menopause.
By eating based on your genetics, managing stress levels, and balancing your hormones, it’s possible to minimize the impact of hormonal fluctuations on the intestinal lining and overall digestive wellbeing.
Let’s start healing your hormones and gut health now!
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