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If you benefit from looking at your personal data and your sleep is not where you want it to be, you would likely benefit from using a sleep tracking device such as a fitbit or an aura ring. Sleep tracking devices will monitor your oxygen levels, heart rate, body temperature to name a few and is able to collect data like your sleeping duration, interruptions, snoring and how much light deep and REM sleep you are getting.
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As gut health becomes increasingly popular in both functional and conventional worlds of medicine, more and more people are becoming educated about the importance of cultivating a healthy microbiome for longevity and health.
Did you know that the bacterial colonies of your gut are directly linked to your hormone health as well? This involves your estrobolome otherwise known as your estrogen microbiome.
These two systems, your microbiome and your estrobolome are intricately interconnected! They work together and effect the amount of circulating estrogen that moves throughout your body. The estrogen ends up downstream affecting your sex drive, mood and weight.
Why does hormone health matter?
Hormones plays a vital role in your bodies overall health. Hormones are chemical messengers that when balanced, keep your body functioning mentally, physically, and emotionally. However when hormones are out of balance, symptoms arise.
Studies show that 80% of women struggle with hormone imbalance with up to 70% largely unaware that any hormone imbalances are at play. The majority of women that notice issues with their hormones cite PMS like symptoms. However, there are more extreme forms of reproductive health issues such as endometriosis, PCOS, infertility and cancer that affect women’s lives in more detrimental ways.
Signs of estrogen dominance include:
Sore breast tissue and fibrocystic breasts
If these symptoms are part of your struggle, it may be helpful to look upstream at root causes and one important yet often overlooked connection is tied directly to your GI health.
What is the estrobolome and how is it connected to the microbiome?
Your microbiome is directly connected to your estrobolome via the microbial community that lives inside you. The population of microbes that occupy your GI system also colonize your bladder and reproductive organs.
Estrogen is produced in the ovaries, adrenal glads and fat cells and circulate in the bloodstream before they are broken down in the liver. This is known as phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification of estrogen.
It is through this process that estrogen get packaged up to be eliminated through stool.
This is where the estrobolome gets involved. AKA phase 3 of detoxification.
Heres the kicker. Your estrobolome contains organisms that either aids in the removal of estrogen or interferes with estrogen removal which then recirculates estrogen and leads to a host of estrogen related imbalances.
This process involves an enzyme called betaglucuronidase which is produced by the microbes that live in your gut. High betaglucuronidase levels are directly connected with an unbalanced microbiome and will aid in the reabsorption of estrogen rather than help your body to release it via the stool. This is no beuno!
This process often is connected to estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance effects both women and men and is the result of unhealthy levels of estrogen circulating in the tissues. When estrogen becomes dominant, there is a lower amount of progesterone in circulation. This leads to many hormone imbalances.
9 Ways to Support your Estrobolome
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