Lesson 3: How to Improve Gut Health Pt. 2

How to improve your gut health pt. 2

Consume more hormone-healthy micronutrients

  • Magnesium: Magnesium deficiency reduces the amount of bifidobacteria in the gut.
  • Zinc: Zinc deficiency reduces bacterial activity and leads to a less diverse microbiome. 
  • Vitamin B12: It nourishes and shapes microbial communities.
  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D deficiency can trigger inflammation.
  • Selenium: More selenium in the gut leads to an increase in Bifidobacterium.

Consider a probiotic 

Most naturally, cultured foods contain a wider variety of strains than probiotic supplements and may be easier for the body to absorb, but supplementing 'in addition' is often needed.

This is especially true if you:

  • Have taken antibiotics
  • Have poor gut motility
  • Have had yeast infections
  • Have candida

Heavy periods, PMS and reproductive system problems may not seem like they are related to your gut – but they often are.  Hormones don’t just break! Hormone imbalance is almost always a sign of a root problem somewhere else in the body.

Are you taking the right probiotic?

Did you know that there are different types of probiotics and that they have different actions and benefits? ⁠ Do you even know what type of probiotic you're taking? ⁠Let me help you change that girlfriend. If you have hormone issues, here are some probiotic types to consider. A broad-spectrum lactobacillus-based probiotic is what most experts suggest for hormone health. Look for formulas that contain some of the probiotic types mentioned below. 

  • Lactobacillus gasseri: Shown to suppress growth of endometriosis lesions .: Zinc deficiency reduces bacterial activity and leads to a less diverse microbiome. •
  • Bifidobacterium lactis and Lactobacillus reuteri: One study showed dysbiosis of gut microbiota was associated with the pathogenesis of PCOS . This species has shown some positive outcomes with PCOS.
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus reuteri: Shown to have positive outcomes on vaginal health especially in women menopausal women.: Vitamin D deficiency can trigger inflammation.
  • Lactobacillus casei or plantarum: May be useful when there is hormone imbalance with immune issues.: More selenium in the gut leads to an increase in Bifidobacterium.
  • Probiotic foods: Shown to support healthy estrogen levels.