Women are often surprised to learn that their hormones are connected to their digestion.
1. Our bodies simply cannot produce hormones if we are missing the necessary building blocks! We need to ensure that we are eating, digesting, and absorbing the nutrients required to build our hormones. If our digestion is weak, whether we are under-producing stomach acids or the liver or pancreas is depleted, we simply won’t be able to digest the starches, proteins and healthy fats needed for our hormone needs, and so we may notice symptoms of hormone imbalance. Plant-based digestive enzymes are a great way to give your digestive organs a break so that they can produce the digestive enzymes so necessary for nutrient digestion and absorption. Our gut health will determine if we are absorbing the nutrients we need from our food. If the gut has been damaged or become permeable, you may need to do some work healing the gut. Hair Mineral Analysis is an easy, affordable way to detect malabsorption issues, and is now offered by Personal Nutrition.
2. Excess toxins interfere with hormone function. Optimal colon and liver function will help ensure that the toxins we are exposed to in our food, environment, and household cleaning/personal hygiene products, as well as toxins created by the body itself, are eliminated quickly.
3. The liver and colon are also extremely important for conjugating our hormones and eliminating excess hormones. Many women find improved hormone health simply by supporting their colon and liver with specific foods, nutrient and herbal support.
- avoid over-eating or consuming excess protein,
- avoid eating when you are rushed/stressed,
- consume foods that are high in fiber, water and healthy fats to support colon function
- eat cruciferous vegetables to support the liver, such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts and cabbage
- begin a cleansing routine that is appropriate for you (See 3 Important Actions to take BEFORE you start a Cleanse for more information)