Hormonal health is more complex then just “fixing the hormones”. It’s about looking at person in their entirety to figure out what missing links need to be strengthened in order to help the system.
Some areas that I look at include (in no particular order):
- Your exercise routine
- What you’re eating and how much
- What stressors are in your life
- How you handle stress
- What type of mindset you find yourself in most frequently
- Blood Sugar regulation
- Ability to sleep and stay asleep
- What environmental toxins you expose yourself to
- And last but certainly not least… how’s your gut health?
What does gut health have to do with hormonal function, particularly with the thyroid?
First and foremost if you are not properly digesting your food you are missing out on vital nutrients that are necessary for metabolic processes. Nutrients that women are most commonly deficient in that can make a change in the way their body and hormones function include: Magnesium, Vitamin C, Iron, B vitamins, Zinc and Selenium.
*Note: If you are on hormonal birth control, the Pill depletes these very nutrients that your body requires, leading to more hormonal issues down the line.
Not only will these nutrients be important but some of your active thyroid hormone is actually activated in your gut. 20% of inactive T4 is converted into active T3 through the GI tract.
Your liver is also important when it comes to the thyroid and hormonal health. 30% of inactive T4 is stored in your liver and excess estrogen is processed through the liver.
If your digestive system is not functioning at its best, and your liver is unable to do its job as a filtration system of the body you could be experiencing some hormonal imbalance signs such as:
- Mood Swings
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
- Thinning hair
- Irregular cycles
- Difficulty sleeping
These symptoms are often “treated” utilizing a quick fix approach. However, it is imperative that you find the system that needs support and give it the tools to do its job properly.
The best part? You can do this with food and lifestyle modifications
How can you give your body a boost to detoxification:
- Eliminate processed and refined foods
- Eliminate all processed fats and oils (canola and vegetable oil)
- Drink plenty of water with electrolytes
- Lay off alcohol
- Dry brush
- Exercise and get your body moving every day
Ways to boost your gut health:
- Head over to www.healthwithshannon.comand check out my free Gut Health Grocery Guide with a list of foods to help heal your gut
- Work with a trained practitioner who can help you in this area
- Sign up for my Nutrition Bootcamp that starts March 3rd! We will dive into gut health on our second group call!
To learn more about holistic health in relation to your gut and hormones utilizing nutrition- checkout my instagram @healthwithshannon and stay tuned for upcoming projects that you won’t want to miss!