Have you ever wondered about all the gas, bloating, and bowel and digestive issues you are experiencing? Did you know it can be related to perimenopause and the health of your gut?
Over time, the foods we eat, the lifestyle we live, and the toxins in the environment that we come into contact with daily, impact the health of our gut and the gut microbiome. The gut plays a dominant role in the regulation of certain hormones. When the bad bacteria outweigh the good bacteria, hormone regulation is out of balance.
During perimenopause, our hormones are already in a state of imbalance. There is a fine balance, and as one hormone changes, it affects at least one other hormone, if not multiple hormones.
So, how do you help heal your gut, and improve the gut microbiome?
1. Eating the right foods. What are the right foods you ask?
- Whole foods – get rid of the processed foods, organic if possible to limit toxin exposure
- Limit or eliminate wheat, gluten, dairy, corn, and sugar
- Prebiotics – They feed the good bacteria, they are the foods that are high in fiber, leafy greens, onions, legumes, and lettuce
- Probiotics – These are the good bacteria and can be found naturally in fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, and raw apple cider vinegar.
2. Lifestyle Changes – What changes?
- Get adequate sleep
- Reduce stress
- Quit smoking
- Limit or quit alcohol
3. Limit environmental toxin exposure – How? Go to ewg.org for more information on toxin-free products
- Eat organic
- Use toxin-free household cleaners
- Use toxin-free health and beauty products
Are you interested in learning more about perimenopause and gut healing? Make an appointment here for a FREE 30-minute call: (needs new calendly link)