Your gut bacteria and your hormones

Your gut bacteria and your hormones

YOUR GUT IS AN ENDOCRINE GLAND !
An endocrine gland is a hormone producing gland such as the ovaries and adrenals.
Your gut bacteria helps produce-
  • Estradiol – the protective estrogen
  • 90% of Serotonin production ! Serotonin is one of your happy hormones and its also regulates appetite, sleep, mood and temperature .
 
Your gut bacteria regulates
  • Melatonin - which regulates our circadian rhythm and sleep cycle
  • Dopamine – all about rewards / addictions
  • Grehlin – your hunger hormone, if your gut bacteria is off you will eat more!
Your gut bacteria
  • Metabolise & excretes bad estrogens
  • Increase stress hormones (adrenaline & nor-adrenaline)
  • Influence your thyroid hormones & thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)
The gut bacteria regulates estrogens through an enzyme called beta glucaronidase.
This enzyme keeps the ‘bad’ estrogens low in the body and protects you from estrogen dependant cancers.
An alteration in circulating estrogens may contribute to estrogen dominant states.
Estrogen dominant states include
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Endometrial hyperplasia
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Infertility
  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD)
  • Cognitive function decline
Your gut bacteria produce enzymes called the ESTROBOLOME. Your estrobolome controls your estrogen metabolism and excretion.
If your estrobolome is unhealthy, you become estrogen dominant and more prone to the ‘bad’ estrogens affecting your health.
One definition of the Estrobolome is –
“…the aggregate of enteric bacterial genes whose products
are capable of metabolizing estrogens”
“By modulating the enterohepatic circulation of estrogens, the estrobolome affects both the excretion and circulation of estrogens. In turn, the composition of the estrobolome can be shaped by factors such as antibiotics, other drugs, and diet that modulate its functional activity.”

Plottel SC, Blaser MJ.
A healthy Oestrobolome in the gut helps the body excrete estrogen appropriately !
To have happy hormones you need to get your gut right!!
🥑A poor diet, antibiotics, toxins/chemicals, and alcohol worsen your microbiome thus potentially increasing estrogen
🤢Constipation will cause hormone imbalance due to poor excretion of toxins and bad estrogens.
🥦Prebiotics and probiotic supplements and foods are your friend.
🥕A diet rich in plant fibres improves your gut microbiota!
Please reach out if you need guidance with this or other health issues, book a complimentary chat or a consultation online or offline.
You can contact me here 
How to look after your health this Christmas

How to look after your health this Christmas

How many more celebrations do you have to endure before your body starts to retaliate?
 
Do you listen to your body ?
Are you getting symptoms such as feeling a bit ‘off’, bloating, headaches or fatigue ? 
Look after your health this Christmas and new year with a few simple steps!
 
⭐️Start the day with fresh lemon juice in a big glass of warm water
⭐️Drink plenty of filtered and alkalised water - at least .03 litre for every 10 kilos your weigh. Sip slowly.
⭐️Have at least 2 alcohol free days a week to give your liver and kidneys a break
⭐️Drink green tea or matcha tea - both protect the body from toxins, boost your metabolism and protect the gut bacteria/ microbiome.
⭐️Take digestive enzymes with large meals or foods you are sensitive to, you will digest them more efficiently and get less symptoms.
⭐️Take a probiotic before bed - a good quality broad spectrum
⭐️If tolerated have fermented veggies daily - add to salads or your eggs for breakfast
⭐️Support your liver with St. Mary’s thistle - protects against alcohol, fatty foods and overindulging ( if you are on medications please check with your health practitioner first before taking a liver supplement)
 
If you are looking forward to a break from celebrating in the new year and want to get your body and mind back on track after all the madness. come to the MIND YOUR DETOX workshop on January 6th at the clinic at Glenelg South. 
 It is being hosted by me (Kate Driver ) and Suzanne Ingleton, wellness practitioner. 
Give your body the ultimate body & mind detox and start the new year healthier than ever!
Find out more here -
If you have have any questions feel free to contact me here 
Is your irritable bowel actually SIBO?

Is your irritable bowel actually SIBO?

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, is more and more common now days. I see clients all the time with it. Its not nice to live with and can be resolved.

Did you know that 70% of IBS cases are actually SIBO?

This is currently frequently missed by the much of medical profession as they are not informed.

SIBO is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

This is when the bacteria that usually live in your large bowel proliferate into the small bowel.

A study by the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that 66% of patients who had Celiac disease but followed a gluten-free diet still tested positive for SIBO.

SIBO can be tested, in a breath test.  I also can get an idea if someone has it by taking a case history study and looking at their blood. And I find many of these clients also have intestinal permeability or leaky gut. You can read more about this here Leaky gut and the gut brain connection

Many case are post infectious - this is after a bout of food poisoning or gastro. This can have an auto immune component . The bacteria from the infection cause the immune system to affect the ‘MMC’ - migrating motor complex and the gut transit time. This means you are left with the annoying and inconvenient symptoms that SIBO causes - including bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. I

t’s a bit tricky to treat but can be resolved with the right support

Some Symptoms of SIBO include-

⭐️Bloating after eating

⭐️Feeling of fullness after eating a small amount

⭐️Flatulence

⭐️Constipation

⭐️Diarrhoea

⭐️Reflux

⭐️Cramping

⭐️Nausea

⭐️Skin issues such as eczema and rosacea

⭐️Vomiting

⭐️Fatigue

SIBO needs a specific care to resolve and It is sometimes tricky to treat and can be resolved, if you know how!

It takes more than diet (and more than a FODMAP diet - there are more ‘SIBO specific diets’ out there) and some great supplements and gut brain connection techniques to get people feeling great again!

I have successfully treated clients (and myself) for IBS and SIBO, so know that you do no need to suffer! Please get in contact  here if you would like to ask any question or need my help!

 

Don’t overlook your gallbladder & its affect on your hormones

Don’t overlook your gallbladder & its affect on your hormones

The gallbladder is an overworked gland. It’s a small gland that sits under the liver. The liver produces a substance called bile and the gallbladder (GB)  stores it. Bile is used to break down fats from your diet and also binds to toxins and unwanted hormones such as excess estrogens to be eliminated through your bowels. When the GB is under functioning it will cause fat malabsorption, a build up of toxins in your body and estrogen dominance. AND it will predispose you to gall stones.

Symptoms associated with a under functioning gallbladder include

  • Pain/tenderness under right rib cage
  • Pain between shoulder blades
  • Indigestion, especially after eating fatty food
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Feeling of fullness after eating
  • Vomiting
  • burping

HRT and the Pill causes alterations with gallbladder function as theses hormones affect the stickiness of bile and make the gallbladder more sluggish, leading to potential gallbladder problems and stones. And for those of you women in perimenopause, who are estrogen dominant, then the GB can be a contributor.

Thyroxin or T4, is a thyroid hormone that influences GB function. If this hormone is low, it can cause slow bile flow and contribute to formation of gall stones.

What can you do to look after your GB?

Diet should include;

  • Lemon juice in warm water on rising
  • Regularly eat raw beetroot, bitter greens and olives
  • Dandelion root tea
  • Coconut oil, nuts and seeds, oily fish, omega 3 oils
  • Avoid trans fats, red meat, fried foods, reduced processed foods and sugar
  • Avoid over eating!

Supplements can include;

  • Lethicin with meals – sunflower is best, or supplement with choline
  • Taurine
  • marys thistle
  • Turmeric
  • Dandelion root
  • Barberry

Extra tips!

  • Use castor oil packs of the GB area at night
  • Rub a few drops of rosemary oil (in a carrier oil) over your GB

Get in touch if you need support or have questions.

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