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The Connection Between Gut And Hormones

The Connection Between Gut And Hormones

 

gut_hormone_blogHormones are the body's chemical messengers. They are produced by the endocrine system, a collection of glands that control, manage and coordinate certain bodily functions, and released into the bloodstream. Every cell in the body has hormone receptors that facilitate this communication.

Hormones help maintain body temperature, metabolism, cognitive function, blood sugar levels, sexual function, and much more. Without them, your body could not function.

The hypothalamus in the brain has long been considered the sole controller of the endocrine system. However, recent research suggests that the gut microbiome may be a "virtual endocrine organ." That is, the gut not only directly produces hormones, but also tells the endocrine glands how much of each hormone to produce and release.

How you can improve gut health and hormones?

Below are some ways to improve gut health and hormonal balance naturally.

  1. Adjust your diet
    Reducing the amount of processed foods, starchy carbohydrates and sugar you eat can help heal your gut and improve hormone regulation. Plant-based foods, high-quality proteins and healthy whole fats are good choices. By the way, a high fiber diet has been shown to significantly improve the gut microbiome.

  2. Replace your probiotics with a daily postbiotic supplement

    Supplementing your diet with a postbiotic supplement is a great way to maintain a healthy gut.

    Although probiotic supplements are all the rage, research suggests that postbiotics are a better choice. That's because probiotics typically contain only a few strains of bacteria that can't significantly improve microbial balance or overall health.

    In contrast, postbiotics are metabolites produced during bacterial fermentation of fiber in the lower colon. Experts believe they are responsible for most of the health benefits commonly attributed to fiber intake. In other words, postbiotics may offer many more health benefits than probiotics.

  3. Reduce Stress

    Studies show that chronic stress is not only bad for your health in general, but it also alters your gut microbiome. Ways to relieve stress include walking, meditating, yoga, spending time in nature, listening to relaxing music, getting a massage or playing an instrument.

Making small changes in your diet and lifestyle can have a big impact on gut health and hormonal balance. By following these simple tips, you can help to improve your gut health and feel better overall.

Leena Mahtani

Leena Mahtani

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