How to Reverse Insulin Resistance

How to Reverse Insulin Resistance

w/ Cyrus Khambatta, PhD

Are you ready to reverse your insulin resistance?

🤯 BUT there’s a catch: You need to throw everything you know about it out the window. 🤯 

In this highly controversial episode of Goodness Lover Vodcast, Matt and I interviewed Cyrus Khambatta, PhD (Instagram @masteringdiabetes)—a diabetes expert who has helped thousands of diabetics around the world to control (and even reverse) their conditions. 

His protocol produces results in such a short period of time.

And yet, it has ruffled so many feathers in both mainstream and functional medicine fields. 

When you watch this interview, you’ll find out:

👉 His incredible diagnosis story and how he lowered his blood glucose level in just 7 days 

👉 Which types of diabetes can be reversed (the majority of doctors don’t know this)

👉 The shocking truth about the keto diet 

👉 The science behind low-carb diets and why they can make diabetes worse (complete with a visual presentation that will make this easier to digest)

👉 What changed over the past 200 years that has gotten humans to be so diseased

👉 The simple and easy steps you can do today to manage your diabetes and support your immune system

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been living with diabetes for 10, 20 or 60 years! You can still adopt this protocol.

Matt and I are in awe of how Cyrus was able to explain such a complicated matter into simpler terms.

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How to Heal Your Leaky Gut

How to Heal Your Leaky Gut

w/ Dr. Vincent Pedre

🔧 Looking for practical & actionable ways to repair your gut—for good? 🔨

Let Dr. Vincent Pedre (Instagram @drpedre) teach you!

In today’s Goodness Lover Vodcast, we interviewed America’s Gut Doctor and “Happy Gut” author to show us how to bring the balance back to your gut.

Once you tune in, expect to learn:

👉 The little-known symptoms of leaky gut that you should watch out for

👉 How long it takes for your gut to fully recover 

👉 The type of meds that can alter your gut microbiome (including this second most prescribed medication worldwide)

👉 The connection between leaky gut and stubborn weight gain

👉 The surprising downside of being ‘too hygienic’

👉 Why antibacterial soap can do more harm than good (and what you should do to keep you safe these days)

👉 The most effective treatment to repopulate your healthy microbiome

👉 Specific supplements & foods that you need to add to your diet

👉 How to pick your probiotic supplement 

And so much more.

Help us spread the word about the value of the gut (and how to repair it) with your friends and family!

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How to Fix Your Period without Birth Control Pills

How to Fix Your Period without Birth Control Pills

w/ Nicole Jardim

This might come as a surprise to so many of you, but…

👉 A woman’s period is NOT supposed to be a brutal monthly nightmare! 👈

We’re not supposed to feel any kind of excruciating pain that will leave you curled up in your bathroom floor, nauseated, and about to pass out.

You can actually have carefree & easy monthly periods.

With the help of Nicole Jardim (Instagram @nicolemjardim) a.k.a. The Period Girl, this week’s Goodness Lover Live Vodcast dives deep into ‘that time of the month’ to talk about:

💓 The top 3 things you should take a look at when you want to fix your period
💓 How many days should be in one cycle (and why a lot of women go below or over this range)
💓 The ‘good’ kind of period pain
💓 Why you should stop taking birth control pills and the proper way to wean off it (minus side effects like severe acne or hair loss)
💓 How to maintain your independence & not get pregnant even without the pill
💓 The two main hormones that dictate whether you’re going to have a normal period or not
💓 What are the probable causes of your period pain
💓 The vitamins to take for PMS, including the one called the “period mineral” that can help with emotional symptoms, anxiety, and sleep

We have been raised to believe that it’s only “natural” for women to go through this gruelling ordeal.

We’re changing that narrative today… starting with this vodcast.

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Disclaimer: The information on or made available through this website is not intended or implied to be professional medical advice. It is not intended to diagnose or prescribe for any medical or psychological condition, nor to prevent, treat, mitigate, or cure such conditions. The information is also not intended to replace the relationships between you and any physician or other qualified health-care professional, nor substitute for the role such professionals serve in helping you diagnose and treat any condition you may have. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based on, among other things, your own judgment, your own research in partnership with a qualified health-care professional, and your own unique circumstances. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should consult with a physician or other qualified health-care professional. Do not disregard, avoid, or postpone obtaining health related advice or medical treatment from your qualified health-care professional because of videos, products, materials, and other content that you may have seen on or obtained through this video.

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Less Anxiety During A Pandemic: Natural Remedies.

Less Anxiety During A Pandemic: Natural Remedies.

w/ Dr. Peter Bongiorno

For Episode 3 of The Goodness Lover Vodcast, Matt and I turned to Dr. Peter Bongiorno —a NY-based naturopathic doctor, who has thrown himself into mental health research for so many years.

In this interview, expect to learn:

✅ The practical steps you can take today to get your anxiety under control

✅ The most powerful anti-anxiety ‘drug’ that we have

✅ Which vitamins you should take to help with your mental health (including this one vitamin that, when deficient, can create advanced respiratory distress)

✅ An effective strategy to help your kids cope with the pandemic (and the anxiety signs you should watch out for)

✅ Taking supplements vs dietary changes – which one should you do?

✅ The right form and dose of Vitamin C

And so much more!

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Disclaimer: The information on or made available through this website is not intended or implied to be professional medical advice. It is not intended to diagnose or prescribe for any medical or psychological condition, nor to prevent, treat, mitigate, or cure such conditions. The information is also not intended to replace the relationships between you and any physician or other qualified health-care professional, nor substitute for the role such professionals serve in helping you diagnose and treat any condition you may have. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based on, among other things, your own judgment, your own research in partnership with a qualified health-care professional, and your own unique circumstances. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should consult with a physician or other qualified health-care professional. Do not disregard, avoid, or postpone obtaining health related advice or medical treatment from your qualified health-care professional because of videos, products, materials, and other content that you may have seen on or obtained through this video.

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How Does Gut Health Impact Your Mental Health?

How Does Gut Health Impact Your Mental Health?

w/ Dr. Elena Villanueva

Are you suffering from some form of mental disorder like anxiety and depression? Today we take a functional medicine approach to the factors that can be contributing to mental disorder (like your gut!). We also look at the way different toxins can impact your mental well being and practical examples from Dr. Elena Villanueva’s clients in how they discovered hidden factors that were contributing to their anxiety, OCD, mood swings and depression.

To look deeper into mental health, sign up for Dr. Elena Villanueva’s webinar using the link below:
https://pw646.isrefer.com/go/mentalhealthoptin/GL/

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Podcast Highlights:

00:01:17 – Introduction to Dr V’s practice and the importance of evidence-based approaches to mental health
00:04:02 – The relationship between gut health and mental wellbeing
00:06:57 – The underlying causes of mental health challenges
00:10:36 – Overcoming genetic predispositions to mental imbalances
00:16:01 – Gut health challenges and the reasons we have to constantly work on our gut health
00:21:42 – Understanding the microbiome
00:24:34 – Overcoming mental health challenges by finding and remedying the root cause
00:39:56 – Recommended lab tests for uncovering the root causes of mental health challenges

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Disclaimer: The information on or made available through this website is not intended or implied to be professional medical advice. It is not intended to diagnose or prescribe for any medical or psychological condition, nor to prevent, treat, mitigate, or cure such conditions. The information is also not intended to replace the relationships between you and any physician or other qualified health-care professional, nor substitute for the role such professionals serve in helping you diagnose and treat any condition you may have. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based on, among other things, your own judgment, your own research in partnership with a qualified health-care professional, and your own unique circumstances. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should consult with a physician or other qualified health-care professional. Do not disregard, avoid, or postpone obtaining health related advice or medical treatment from your qualified health-care professional because of videos, products, materials, and other content that you may have seen on or obtained through this video.

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Is There A Connection Between Coronavirus (COVID-19) And Gut Health?

Is There A Connection Between Coronavirus (COVID-19) And Gut Health?

w/ Dr. Will Bulsiewicz

Matt and I interviewed Dr. Will Bulsiewicz, so we can cut through the noise and present vital COVID-19 information straight from the expert—minus the technical terms.

Just a little background on Dr. B: He’s a board-certified and practicing gastroenterologist (he’s actually known as ‘The Gut MD’). During his medical career, he dove deep into critical research and epidemiology, which makes him extremely qualified to talk about this pandemic.

In this hour-long info-packed interview, Dr. B breaks down the science of COVID-19 in such a way that makes this so much easier for all of us to understand.

We covered a wide range of topics, including:

  • The top 2 reasons that make COVID-19 so different from the seasonal flu
  • The first symptom you should look out for (this isn’t cough or shortness of breath)
  • Is there really any merit to social distancing
  • How COVID-19 affects your gut and consequently, your immune system
  • What you should really do to optimise your immune system (note: supplements help but they aren’t the magic bullet to this)
  • How you can heal your gut starting today and the benchmark for knowing if you’ve actually healed it

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Podcast Highlights:

00:01:53 – Intro to Dr. Bulsiewicz and the reason he dag into Covid-19 and all the research.
00:04:30 – Is it true that the numbers have been revised and this is not much worse than seasonal flu?
00:12:13 – What do healthcare workers say and what is it like inside the hospitals in New York?
00:14:28 – Does social distancing work?
00:17:38 – How does stress impact the gut and what are the digestive symptoms of Covid-19?
00:23:28 – How do I get tested for Covid-19?
00:25:26 – How to support the immune system to prevent and recover from Covid-19.
00:32:28 – How to optimize gut health for an optimal immune response.
00:34:01 – What is fiber and how does fiber impact gut health?
00:37:51 – How do stress and trauma impact health?
00:41:14 – Stress-relieving techniques that immediately improve health.
00:42:11 – How do you know if you have a healthy gut?
00:44:51 – Beyond flattening the curve… what’s the next step for coping with Covid-19?​

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Disclaimer: The information on or made available through this website is not intended or implied to be professional medical advice. It is not intended to diagnose or prescribe for any medical or psychological condition, nor to prevent, treat, mitigate, or cure such conditions. The information is also not intended to replace the relationships between you and any physician or other qualified health-care professional, nor substitute for the role such professionals serve in helping you diagnose and treat any condition you may have. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based on, among other things, your own judgment, your own research in partnership with a qualified health-care professional, and your own unique circumstances. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should consult with a physician or other qualified health-care professional. Do not disregard, avoid, or postpone obtaining health related advice or medical treatment from your qualified health-care professional because of videos, products, materials, and other content that you may have seen on or obtained through this video.

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Menopause Relief Part Two: Restoring Balance

Menopause Relief Part Two: Restoring Balance

Why do some women suffer miserably during menopause while others barely notice the transition?

It’s simple.

As our cycling years come to an end our ovaries cease producing progesterone and estrogen. Plummeting hormone levels are the cause of the worst symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes, insomnia, headaches and unstable moods.

However, dysfunction in other bodily systems causes hormonal depletion and imbalances that make the transition to lower levels of progesterone and estrogen more sudden, extreme and harsh.

By resolving underlying imbalances, we can guard ourselves from unnecessary suffering and ensure greater health and longevity for the years to come.

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Heal your gut. Gut health and hormonal balance are intricately linked. The microbiome regulates how much estrogen is excreted from the body as waste and how much remains in circulation. Gut imbalances can cause estrogen to be too high or too low. Plus, bodywide inflammation begins in the gut. Inflammation suppresses ovarian production of progesterone. Low progesterone leaves us more vulnerable to estrogen dominance, not to mention weight gain, mood swings and depression. Poor gut health is, unfortunately, the standard, rather than the norm, thanks to factors like the overuse of antibiotics, poor diet, exposure to environmental toxins and stress. If you want to achieve and maintain hormonal balance, you’ve got to start with your gut

Support your adrenals. If you’re tired all day and up all night, it’s time to heal your adrenal glands. The adrenals have a multi-layered influence on menopausal hormones. First, they regulate our energy rhythms and wake-sleep cycles. Upon rising in the morning, the adrenals secrete cortisol to give you a burst of energy. Throughout the rest of the day, cortisol levels steadily fall, reaching a low around the time we go to sleep. Adrenal imbalances disturb the cortisol rhythm leaving us sleepy and lethargic by day and alert and focused at night when we need to rest. Secondly, the adrenal glands produce some of our estrogen and progesterone. During menopause, our ovaries produce less and less of these hormones. Low levels and imbalances underly disruptive symptoms of menopause like hot flashes and irritability. If our adrenals are healthy, they will produce enough of these hormones to keep us steady through the transition. Finally, chronic stress depletes progesterone as it is converted to cortisol to support an ongoing flight or fight response. Restoring circadian rhythms is key to adrenal repair. Help reset your rhythm by going to bed and getting up at the same time every day and exposing yourself to sunlight upon waking. Exercise early in the day and give yourself time to unwind before bed. Stress depletes the adrenals. We can’t always control the sources of stress in our lives, but we alone decide how we respond to it. Use breathing exercises and mindfulness techniques to ground yourself in the present when stress gets the best of you and boost your stress-coping capacity with adaptogenic herbs.

Check your thyroid. Low thyroid function, also known as hypothyroid, shares many of the symptoms of menopause. A recent study also shows that women with hypothyroid have worse symptoms of menopause. To make matters worse, declining hormone levels can inhibit thyroid activity. If you’re feeling lethargic, gaining weight or losing hair, tell your doctor to check your thyroid. Low thyroid is especially common in women. Experts estimate that up to 1 in 10 women is deficient in thyroid hormones, and half of those who are suffering are undiagnosed. Hypothyroid is a serious health threat, which, left untreated puts you at risk for life-threatening depression, heart failure and coma. Don’t ignore your symptoms if you suspect your thyroid is underactive. 

Fix your rhythm. Sound sleep is fundamental to balanced hormones. If you’re unable to settle in at night, it’s important to find out why and remove the obstacle so you can get the rest you need. Stress is a common culprit. Not only does it cause imbalances in the daily cortisol rhythm, it also depletes our stores of serotonin. When serotonin levels get low, we struggle to get to sleep and to stay asleep. Support your serotonin with stress-reducing meditation and be sure you’re eating the right things to produce enough.

Balance your blood sugar. If your diet is rich in refined sugars and simple carbohydrates, you are likely to be suffering from a hormonal imbalance. Excess dietary sugars cause elevated insulin levels and, ultimately, insulin resistance. The spikes and crashes in insulin are stressful for the body and cause cortisol levels to become chronically high. Progesterone is increasingly converted to cortisol to keep up with the demand. This makes us especially vulnerable to unstable blood sugar during perimenopause, when our progesterone levels are naturally declining. To make matters worse, excess glucose that cannot be metabolized is stored as fat and fat cells produce estrogen. Thus, unstable blood sugar can contribute to estrogen dominance. To maintain balanced blood sugar eat every 3-4 hours, include a source of protein with every meal, eat plenty of fibre, avoid simple sugars and processed carbs and be sure to incorporate plenty of regular exercise. 

Detoxify your life. I can’t emphasize enough how vulnerable we all are to environmental toxins. No matter how careful we are when it comes to our health, there will always be a factor that is beyond our control. That’s because every single day we all come into contact with countless dangerous toxic compounds. Unfortunately, many of these toxins disturb our hormonal balance, including plastics, pesticides, toxic mold, some heavy metals and fragrances and preservatives that are commonly found in self care products. To protect your balance, eliminate toxins as much as you possibly can and support your body’s ability to detoxify. Keeping your drainage pathways open is essential for healthy detoxification.

Reduce your inflammation. Inflammation suppresses hormones and exacerbates symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, headaches and weight gain. Inflammation is often caused by eating foods that are inflammatory. Some foods, like dairy and gluten, are generally inflammatory and should be avoided by most people. Additionally, each of us is susceptible to sensitivities that can cause an inflammatory reaction to an otherwise healthy food. Use an elimination diet to discover which foods are problematic for you.

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I hope you are feeling excited and empowered to take your health into your hands so that you can have greater joy and happiness now and in your future!

If you’re also feeling a bit overwhelmed, I want you to know that that’s perfectly normal.

These are major lifestyle changes we are talking about. They won’t be easy and they won’t happen overnight.

Don’t try to do it all at once. Go at your pace. And remember that the journey to healing is never linear. Be gentle with yourself and never stop believing that you deserve to feel good.

Also, remember to take advantage of the natural remedies for relief of your worst menopausal symptoms in the first part of this series: Menopause Relief Part One: Natural Remedies For Menopause Misery

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Menopause Relief Part One: Natural Remedies For Menopause Misery

Menopause Relief Part One: Natural Remedies For Menopause Misery

Menopause is a normal, healthy transition that every woman will experience.

However, the experience of menopause can vary significantly from one woman to another.

Some seem to sail right through the transition from cycling to non-cycling without a complaint, while other women are absolutely miserable night and day.

The truth is that the reason for these differences has to do with imbalances and inflammation in other parts of the body. Balance can be restored and inflammation can be healed, but to do so successfully requires an investment of time and energy along with a willingness to make lasting lifestyle changes.

Addressing these imbalances is important for preventing disruptive symptoms like hot flashes and sleeplessness and protecting ourselves from more serious conditions like osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and dementia. 

In Part 2 of this series, we’ll address remedies for underlying imbalances for long term hormonal balance, but first, I want to tell you about the things you can do right now to relieve your worst menopausal symptoms.

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Speedy Relief for Distressing Symptoms

Discovering and resolving the root causes of hormonal imbalance takes time and commitment, but that doesn’t mean that you have to wait to feel better. Use these practical and proven natural remedies for immediate relief from the symptoms of menopause that bother women the most.

  • Hot Flashes: Hot flashes may seem to come out of nowhere, but they usually follow a pattern. To reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flashes keep a journal of your daily activities to help you notice connections and avoid common triggers for hot flashes: drinking alcohol, consuming caffeine, eating spicy foods, being in a hot room, wearing tight clothing, smoking or being exposed to second-hand smoke and feeling stressed and anxious. You can take black cohosh, a herb that alleviates hot flashes by supporting stable hormones and supplement vitamin E to reduce the intensity of hot flashes.
  • Insomnia: Sound sleep is essential for good health. If you’re shifting hormones are keeping you up at night, there are several things you can do to improve your sleep. Use a routine to help your body and mind wind down. Start by turning off all screens a couple of hours before you go to bed and dim the lights in your home. Darkness triggers the release of melatonin, the hormone that regulates our wake-sleep cycles, and artificial lighting can interfere with this process. If worries tend to keep you up, keep a journal by your bed so you can jot down things that come to mind so you can address them later. Try sleep-inducing herbal teas, like chamomile, valerian root and lavender.,,
  • Depression: Did you know that one of the best remedies for depression is volunteerism? That’s because when we volunteer our time and energy to serve our communities we feel connected and valued. You can also keep depression at bay by spending time with friends and family. Healthy social bonds are an important part of mental health. St John’s wort is the most popular herb for relieving depression, however, it can interact with several medications, so make sure it’s safe for you before giving it a try. Uplifting essential oils can also be helpful. Try bergamot, grapefruit and neroli. 
  • Irritability: If things that normally wouldn’t bother you have you feeling irritated and frustrated, you’re not alone. Many women report that during the menopausal transition they find themselves snapping at their loved ones, friends and co-workers and losing their patience over situations that really aren’t that important. Avoiding caffeine can go a long way towards soothing frazzled nerves. Many herbs can help us to keep calm, like valerian root, lavender, peppermint and chamomile. Clary sage essential oil is a great choice, as it lowers our stress response. Breathing exercises can help, too, and you don’t have to invest a lot of time to reap the benefits. A simple pause for 10 deep full breaths can be just the thing to keep you cool and steady all day long. 
  • Vaginal Dryness: Vaginal dryness is a natural effect of the decrease in hormones that women experience during the menopausal transition. Fortunately, there are many things we can do to prevent discomfort and loss of intimacy. Be sure to choose natural lubricants to avoid further imbalance that could be caused by commercial products. Coconut oil is a great choice. You can also use essential oils that soothe the tissue of the vagina, like chamomile, rose, frankincense or sandalwood. Pelvic floor exercises, including Kegels, can help, too. That’s because they encourage blood flow to the pelvis which improves vaginal tone and elasticity. 
  • Mood Swings: If you find that you’re moods are up one minute and down the next, if you’re having crying episodes or feeling weepy or if you’re suffering from irritability, depression or anxiety, you may have a deficiency of one or more neurotransmitters. The most common neurotransmitters that influence our moods are serotonin, dopamine, gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) and norepinephrine. Many underlying imbalances could be causing the imbalance. While you seek and treat the root cause, neurotransmitter supplements can give you instant relief. Consider using a questionnaire, like the one found here, to gain insights into your symptoms and learn which supplement may benefit you the most. The great thing about neurotransmitters is that they provide fast and powerful relief. You’ll notice the difference in minutes!
  • Headaches: Estrogen withdrawal is the most likely cause of hormonally-fueled headaches and migraines, which explains why they can become more common during menopause. To reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches, be sure to stay well hydrated and avoid common triggers, like alcohol, caffeine and high-histamine foods, as well as those that contain nitrates and nitrites. Try incorporating headache-relieving herbs like feverfew and butterbur root. Essential oils can be helpful, too, especially peppermint and lavender. Peppermint can be applied to the temples for immediate relief. Lavender is most effective when inhaled and is best for reducing the intensity of migraine pain. 
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What About Hormone Therapy?

Conflicting information has women wondering if hormones replacement therapy (HRT) is worth the risk. A once-popular and nearly universally recommended treatment option, HRT became controversial after a 2002 study revealed that HRT could increase the risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots.

Thankfully, hormone therapy has come a long way since then! 

Today women have newer and safer options. Advances like bioidentical hormones derived from plants, low-dose estrogen therapy and individually-prepared formulas have made HRT once again a favourite of many doctors, though it’s use and acceptance is far from universal.

Consult with your doctor if you’d like to learn more about hormone replacement therapy and if it might be the right choice for you. 

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I hope these tips help you to start feeling like yourself again!

In the second part of this series, we’ll address the underlying cause of hormonal imbalances and show you how to protect your health with longterm strategies for a healthier gut, better sleep, enhanced stress-coping abilities and more.

The Root of Imbalance: Gut Remedies for Healthy Hormones

The Root of Imbalance: Gut Remedies for Healthy Hormones

The signs of hormonal imbalance are hard to ignore.

Weight gain, thinning hair and hair loss, headaches, acne, depression, irritability, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia and a loss of libido could all be signs that your hormones are out of balance. 

For women, hormonal imbalance can also manifest as acne, hard-to-lose weight, mood swings, PMS and poor memory.

For men, it often corresponds with a loss of muscle mass, development of man boobs and curvy hips, crying more than usual, being grumpy all the time, angry outbursts and difficulty recovering from exercise.

Men and women who have imbalanced hormones are at an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, dementia and several forms of cancer. 

One thing you should know about hormones is that they never break in isolation.

That means that hormonal imbalances themselves are actually symptomatic of problems in other body systems. Hormones are like the tip of the iceberg: they may produce the most problematic symptoms, but the real problems are beneath the surface.

Often, the problems are in the gut.

Remember, the gut is the root of all disease. Poor gut health is a leading contributor of hormonal imbalance and by healing our gut this vital balance can be restored.

How Does The Gut Affect Hormones?

The gut exerts a powerful influence over our hormones through two primary methods: the actions of the estrobolome in the microbiome and the inflammatory pathway that is induced by dysbiosis and resulting leaky gut. 

Estrobolome is a new term that has been coined to describe the interactions between certain bacterial species in the gut microbiome and estrogen. 

Here’s how it works:

Estrogen is produced in the ovaries or testes, as well as the adrenals and adipose tissue. After it has been circulated through the body and used by tissue in the breasts, brain, bones, etc. it is filtered by the liver where it is broken down and deactivated. At last, it is deposited in bile and moves on to the gut to be eliminated from the body. 

This is where the estrobolome comes into play. 

Specific bacteria within the gut create beta-glucuronidase, commonly expressed as β-glucuronidase.

Β-glucuronidase breaks down deactivated estrogen into its active form. This active form is now reabsorbed into the bloodstream instead of being eliminated from the body.

If our microbiome is robust and diverse, the estrobolome will allow just the right amount of estrogen to recirculate to keep us in balance… but if it’s not, we’re bound to have problems. 

This means that depending on the diversity and amount of bacteria in our gut, we could have low β-glucuronidase (resulting in insufficient recirculation of estrogen and an estrogen deficit in the body) or high β-glucuronidase (causing an excess of estrogen to be recirculated and contributing to estrogen dominance).

Estrogen dominance is a dangerous hormonal imbalance that leads to a host of health problems. For women, it can mean PMS, cramps, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, PCOS, infertility, weight gain and cancers of the breast and uterus.

When men suffer from estrogen dominance, they experience fatigue, mood swings, low sex drive and erectile dysfunction, plus they’re more likely to develop prostate cancer.

On the other hand, low estrogen (as a result of lack of β-glucuronidase producing bacteria in the gut), puts women at risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, brain fog, dementia, osteoporosis and poor gut health.

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Balance is key and if our microbiome is balanced we’ll have just the right amount of estrogen.

Imbalances in the microbiome directly cause imbalances in estrogen…and indirectly suppress levels of progesterone and testosterone.

That’s because when we have fewer beneficial bacteria, we end up with a leaky gut which allows endotoxins (also known as lipopolysaccharides/LPS) to be released from the gut to the bloodstream.

Endotoxins are highly inflammatory. Untreated dysbiosis creates sustained bodywide inflammation and inflammation interferes with the production of progesterone and testosterone.

Women with LPS in their blood have inflammatory markers in their ovaries and a correspondingly low level of progesterone.

Testosterone is produced by the Leydig cells in the testes and they are highly sensitive to and easily destroyed by inflammation. When men are chronically inflamed, they cease producing Leydig cells altogether. Fewer and fewer Leydig cells means less and less testosterone.

Plus, inflammation activates an enzyme called aromatase. Aromatase converts testosterone to estrogen. This causes even further depletion of testosterone and also raises estrogen levels. (Men with high estrogen develop man boobs and round hips and tend to cry a lot more than they would normally.)

Researchers hypothesize that the microbiome modulates the hormone system in even more ways and are hard at work to uncover the explanations for fascinating correlations, like…

  • Women with endometriosis have a specifc imbalance in their vaginal microbiomes: excess gram-negative bacteria and a lack of Lactobacillus species.

  • A study has shown that when women consume ferments containing Lactobacillus species, the bacteria reached their breast tissue where it had a protective effect against breast cancer.

  • Dysbiosis of the prostate gland and high estrogen are associated with prostate cancer.

  • The microbiome sends messages to other organs to modulate hormone production.

I can’t wait to see what else scientists discover about the intricate connection between the microbiome and our hormones!

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How Do Hormones Influence Gut Health?

Communication between hormones and the gut is a two-way street. While the microbiome influences hormone levels, levels of circulating hormones, in turn, impact the gut.

Gut cells have special receptor sites to receive the messages from our hormones.

Estrogen and progesterone influence motility.  Estrogen increases contractions in the intestinal wall, which speeds up transits time and can cause diarrhea. Progesterone relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract, slowing transit time and potentially causing constipation.

It’s high levels of progesterone that cause the trademark constipation and heartburn that pregnant women commonly experience.

High levels of a certain kind of estrogen, called estradiol, can cause gallstones as it is processed by the liver and broken back down into cholesterol.

On the other hand, low estrogen can actually contribute to leaky gut. That’s because estrogen helps to keep the gut lining elastic and healthy. 

Hormonal imbalances can cause a lot of trouble for the gut… and restoring the gut is the first step to balancing hormones. Before we can heal our guts, we have to understand where the problems are coming from in the first place.

A Gut Health Epidemic

If you are beginning to realize that gut problems are affecting your health more than you ever imagined, you can rest assured that you are not alone.

In what experts are describing as an epidemic of poor gut health, more and more people around the world are suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), leaky gut and pathogenic infections that take root in an unhealthy gut.

Why are gut health problems so common?

Balance in the microbiome can be broken down to a very simple explanation: when we have less beneficial bacteria, more and more pathogenic bacteria, as well as undesirable viruses, yeasts and parasites, proliferate in our gut.

The goal is not to completely wipe out any species, but to maintain a healthy balance. Keeping potentially harmful organisms in check is simply a matter of having enough protective species in the gut.

Unfortunately, that’s not an easy task. Day in and day out our microbiome is exposed to threats that destroy the microbes that maintain the healthy balance in the gut, threats like…

  • Antibiotics. Antibiotics may wipe out pathogenic infections, but they also decimate our beneficial bacterial species. Just a single dose can destroy 90% of the microbiome! Unfortunately, the few species that survive are often not the ones that we want to have in excess. In the absence of competitors, these less desirable species proliferate and we are left with an imbalance that is not remedied without careful and targeted treatment.

  • Environmental toxins. Every day we are exposed to countless compounds that take a toll on our health: pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, heavy metals, toxic mould, plastics, chlorine, etc., etc., etc. These toxic materials fuel inflammation and demolish our microbiome.

  • Poor Diet. The foods we eat have a strong and lasting influence on our guts. Diets that are low in fibre and resistant starch lead to decreased microbial diversity. Dairy, gluten and sugar cause inflammation and impair digestion.

  • Alcohol. Have you ever used alcohol to clean a wound? It effectively kills any bacteria thus preventing infections. Unfortunately, it has the same effect on the microbiome. Even moderate consumption can cause dysbiosis, leaky gut and inflammation.

  • Stress. When we’re under stress, our bodies shut down digestion to divert energy to the survival of an immediate threat. Unfortunately, many people are chronically stressed and their nervous systems are permanently stuck in this fight-or-flight mode. This causes indigestion, constipation and dysbiosis.

  • The pill: It’s important to know that the birth control pill damages the gut just as badly as antibiotics. It also makes women more susceptible to Candida overgrowth and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.) Although some doctors recommend the pill to alleviate hormonal imbalances, it actually only exacerbates and perpetuates the problem.
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Heal Your Gut For Hormonal Balance

Getting your hormones back on track starts with a healthy gut. Follow these steps to restore balance:

  1. Remove inflammatory triggers from your diet. The foods that cause inflammation for most people are sugar, dairy, gluten, corn, soy and peanuts, but, everyone is different. You can use an elimination diet to see which other foods are contributing to your problems. 

  2. Heal leaky gut. While avoiding inflammatory foods, use supplements to restore the integrity of your digestive tract. L-glutamine is a popular option. It helps to repair and strengthen the cells of the intestinal wall. Other good choices are slippery elm, deglycyrrhizinated licorice and marshmallow root, all of which help to restore the mucus barrier that protects the walls of the digestive tract. 

  3. Heal inflammation. Avoiding inflammatory foods will stop the cascading effect of inflammation but it won’t undo the damage that has already been done. To calm your immune system, use antiinflammatory herbs and foods to soothe and heal the effects of chronic inflammation.

  4. Treat underlying infections and toxicities. Infections like Epstein-Barr, Candida, parasites and Lyme cause chronic stress and inflammation. The same is true of the numerous unavoidable toxins that we encounter on a daily basis. In either case, the key to a safe and successful detox is to start by opening your drainage pathways.

  5. Repopulate your microbiome. Enjoy a wide variety of fermented foods and/or supplement probiotics to restore the lost beneficial species in your gut.

  6. Correct your diet. Enjoy a high-fibre, nutrient-dense diet that emphasizes a diversity of plant foods. Boost your nutrient intake without breaking the bank with homegrown sprouts. Be sure you’re getting enough essential fatty acids and eat lots of antioxidant-rich foods. 

  7. Destress. Nothing else you do for your health will work if you are chronically stressed out. Stress is often unavoidable, but we still have a lot of power over how we choose to react to it. Practice mindfulness techniques and use adaptogenic herbs to enhance your stress-coping powers.

  8. Take the test. Many of the contributing factors of poor gut health have overlapping symptoms. If you’re not sure what you should treat, take advantage of diagnostic testing to find out exactly which protocols will benefit you most.

Many people who suffer from imbalanced hormones are tempted to use medications to treat their symptoms. Unfortunately, this only makes matters worse in the long run. 

On the other hand, treating the root of the problem by healing your gut will improve every aspect of your physical and mental health, protect you from developing serious chronic disease and restore balance to your hormones. What could be better?

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