Gut health is central to the health of your hormones, immune system, weight and overall health.
Hormonal imbalances and autoimmune diseases, like Hashimoto’s Thyroditis, skin issues, fatigue, brain fog and many other health issues can all be linked to your gut health.
Gut health is a big and popular topic in the world of alternative medicine. Your gut’s basic role is to digest the foods you eat and then absorb what nutrients it needs from these foods, while excreting the rest.
When your gut is working properly, it forms a barrier that controls what gets absorbed into your bloodstream. However, sometimes this barrier breaks down and starts allowing partially digested food, bacteria and toxins into the body.
This can then cause inflammation in your whole body, leading to many modern disease, including autoimmune issues.
Factors That Affect Your Gut Health
There are many reasons why you can have gut imbalances, and these include:
- Candida, SIBO, H pylori, parasites, pathogens
- Various gut infections,
- Nutrient deficiencies,
- Toxic overload,
- Unhealthy diet,
- Alcohol consumption.
How Your Gut Bacteria Rule Your Hormones
Gut bacteria plays a huge role in your health and it affects your:
- Absorption of nutrients from the foods you eat
- Immune system
- Mood and behaviour
These bacteria also have a large role to play when it comes to our hormone levels because they can directly affect them.
These bacteria both produce hormones themselves and are affected by the hormones that our own bodies produce as well.
In fact, some of our gut bacteria have specific roles to play when it comes to regulating circulating estrogen levels in our bodies. Estrogen plays a vital role in human health, including:
- Cell replication
- Fat deposition
- Bone health
- Cardiovascular health
Gut Health And Estrogen Dominance
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 supposed to be excreted from by your body through your stool.
Yet, if your gut is out of balance, only some of the estrogen may be excreted from your body with the rest remaining to negatively affect your estrogen levels.
Now when the gut microbiome is balanced, then the microbes that affect the metabolism of estrogens should be working optimally. They should be helping your body to maintain a healthy balance of these hormones.
If your gut is out of balance then an excess of estrogen or even a deficiency can result. Having excess estrogen in your body for example can have serious implications for your health, including:
- Breast, cervical, endometrial and ovarian cancer
- Prostate cancer
So, what is it that you need to focus on to improve your gut health?
1. Removing the foods that can cause inflammation.
2. Dealing with gut infections, bacterial, fungal and parasites.
3. Rebuilding your healthy gut bacteria.
How to Restore Gut Health
So what can you do to reverse your gut issues?
The answer is to remove the root cause or causes.
I know many people will start taking supplements to heal their gut issues, including a leaky gut, but what you really need to focus on is dealing with the actual root cause/s of your gut issues.
When most people deal with hormone imbalances, they normally try to deal with the symptoms themselves and not the root cause. What many people aren’t aware of is that their gut bacteria play a crucial role in their body’s hormonal balance.
Best Foods For Gut Health
Well, let’s start off with what typically happens to many people with gut problems. They go to the doctor, get tested and get prescribed medications.
Most doctors don’t even discuss the best foods for gut health with their patients. Some might advise avoiding gluten, but usually that’s as far as it goes.
I know this from my own personal experience from my long-term digestive problems in the past. It’s probably not a surprise to you that in order to keep your gut healthy, you need to eat a variety of healthy foods.
Yet, what’s the best foods for gut health and what foods should you avoid? Eating a healthy, high fiber whole plant foods that are low in fat are the best foods for gut health.
Studies show that whole plant foods are high in fiber, very hydrating, full of great nutrition and can work to help you reverse your gut imbalances.
Avoid This Diet For Good Gut Health:
Many people turn to a low carb diet, like Paleo or Keto due to believing the false idea that all carbs are bad for you and are simply laden with sugar, which they will tell you is really unhealthy.
And this is typically the case when it comes to dealing with a Candida overgrowth. You must starve them – the fungus and you of any or almost all sugar. So you go on the anti candida diet and eat little or no carbs, but there is a huge problem with this approach.
First, it’s very high in fat, which increases your risk of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, hear disease and even hormonal imbalances.
Second, you starve yourself of carbs and this can lead to cravings, low energy levels and generally feeling down and miserable.
Third, the Candida overgrowth will typically still persist no matter how little carbs you eat, which really shows that sugar is not the problem here.
This is why people suffer from a Candida overgrowth even on an anti-Candida diet.
Plant foods and their fibre are vital for a healthy balanced gut.
Certain bacteria, for example, feed off the plant fibre and create nutrients that your body needs to be healthy. If you greatly reduce these then this can have serious repercussions for someone’s health, now and in the future.
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