Hormone Imbalance and Your Digestive Health
Who would have guessed that your hormonal system is radically tied in with your digestive system? If your gut is in poor health, your hormones are more likely to become imbalanced and vice versa.
Because some of our hormones are produced in the gut or rely on the gut to clear away excess, our digestive system has a massive impact on our hormone function. And our digestion, along with so many other things in the body, relies on our hormones to function properly.
In this episode, Amy Van Zanten, a holistic women’s health coach, dives into the intimate connections between digestion and hormones. We discuss the impact that your gut health has on your hormones. We also cover the hormones related to blood sugar, the thyroid, stress, and reproduction and how each of these impacts the health of your gut.
Hormone Imbalance & Helpful Actions
Amy explains specific things you can do to naturally help with hormone imbalance, starting with food, stress management, and lifestyle. Taking steps to help heal your gut is one of the most important things you can do to balance your hormones.
1) Eating foods that serve you well and removing foods that are triggers for you as an individual is a great place to start if you have period problems or hormone imbalance.
2) Managing your stress and eliminating unnecessary stress is also super important. Cortisol (the stress hormone) is one of the “top tier” hormones and when it’s out of balance, it can impact your whole hormonal system.
3) Creating time at the beginning and end of the day for self-care can be really helpful in managing stress, taking care of yourself, and “coming back to you,” as Amy says.
4) Tracking and utilizing the gifts of your menstrual cycle is a tool that cycling women can use to help balance hormones and decrease stress. Each phase has optimal activities and strengths. When we complete certain activities during it’s optimal time, life tends to flow more effortlessly.