How can improving your gut health help balance your hormones
Do you experience digestive issues like bloating, gas, abdominal pain, along with estrogen dominance concerns like hormonal acne, and PMS? You might want to work with your healthcare provider and test your gut - as this could be the cause of your estrogen dominance related issues. A long term hormone imbalance could lead to issues like uterine fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, infertility, breast, or prostate cancer.
Normally estrogen has an important role in female reproductive function, as well as heart and bone health. However, when gut dysbiosis happens, this could lead to a high level of beta-glucuronidase - disrupting your body’s ability to maintain circulating estrogen levels, as well as proper detoxification of excess estrogen.
Hormones and toxins usually go through the liver, then to the bile, and finally to the gut to be eliminated. Beta-glucuronidase is involved in the phase 2 liver detoxification process in the gut. When beta-glucuronidase levels are high this could lead your body to reabsorb estrogen, thyroid hormones, and other environmental toxins that should have been detoxified in the liver and secreted in the gut.
Increased levels of beta-glucuronidase are caused by a diet that is high meat, processed foods, sugar, or alcohol. Candida and bacterial overgrowth are often seen with high beta-glucuronidase in the gut. Therefore the best way to identify your gut health is by doing our GI Effects stool profile to identify the digestive function, intestinal inflammation, and intestinal microbiome, as well as beta-glucuronidase levels to understand the relationship between your gut microbiome and hormones.