The Gut Hormone Connection:
1. Hormones and the Gut: A Two-Way Street
2. Gut Microbiota and Hormonal Harmony
Therefore, an imbalanced gut microbiome can interfere with hormone metabolism and lead to issues like insulin resistance and estrogen dominance. Conversely, a healthy gut microbiome can reduce inflammation, significantly disrupting hormone balance. Chronic inflammation is said to lead to conditions like PCOS, endometriosis, or thyroid disorders.
3. Stress, Cortisol, and Gut Health
One way that researchers have acknowledged increased cortisol levels is through the concept of a leaky gut. A leaky gut is where the intestinal barrier becomes compromised and permeable, allowing harmful substances to enter the bloodstream. This triggers an immune response and systemic inflammation, negatively impacting hormone balance. (3)