Gut Health and Menstrual Cycle
Your gut is home to trillions of microorganisms, and its primary function is the digestion of nutrients and excretion of waste, all while having a major influence on the function of the immune system and gut-brain communications.
To break it down – our gut puts in work to manage both the good and bad bacteria living inside us. This is referred to as our microbiome. Having an imbalanced microbiome is correlated to imbalances in hormones.
Having too much estrogen in the body can lead to gut-related issues like bloating and fluid retention, and can also lead to symptoms like PMS, such as cramps, heavier periods, mood swings, and bloating.
Do yourself a favor and start incorporating gut-happy foods into your diet. These foods can help your gut fight off the bad bacteria and help you feel healthy and balanced.
Blueberries – throw some in your oatmeal
Sauerkraut – a great add to avocado or another protein.
Green tea – sip a cup throughout the day.
Kimchi – great with eggs!
Kombucha – if you’ve never tried it before, try out different flavors to see which one you like best!
Yogurt – a good breakfast or snack option!