What is the Most Important Organ for Hormone Balance?

Is there a better topic than woman and hormones? They are always fluctuating (women and hormones!).

Our hormones affect everything about us, from mood to hunger, metabolism, weight gain/loss and even if we are happy or not.

Whenever one of your hormones is out of tune, you feel it.

Our body is a collection of organs that regulate out hormones. There are the thyroid, the adrenals, and the reproductive organs.

But wait for it….

The gut may be the most important organ of the endocrine system – and we normally don’t think of the gut when we are talking hormones. Why?

Your gut regulates your hormones! When you have a healthy gut, it does a good job regulating hormones. But when your gut is unhealthy, it throws your hormones out of whack and can cause all sorts of problems.

Common hormone disorders in women include:

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Autoimmune thyroid disorders including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Grave’s disease

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

  • Estrogen dominance, including low progesterone

  • Perimenopause

  • Menopause

  • Stress-related fatigue

  • Low testosterone

  • Low estrogen

  • Osteoporosis

  • Endocrine disruption from toxins

  • Hyperthyroidism

Your Gut is responsible for serotonin and melatonin production, managing your stress levels such as flight or fight (which is great when you have to run from a bear), and affects your estrogen levels.

Bottom Line? Unbalanced Hormones Begin in the Gut

If you are dealing with any conditions relating to hormonal balance, gut health should be your priority. In order to restore balance to your hormones, you need to first restore balance to your gut.

How to Know if Your Gut is Out of Balance

In the past 6 months, have you experienced . . .

  • Gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort on most days?

  • Chronic diarrhea, constipation, or both?

  • Fatigue or low energy on most days?

  • Chronic stress?

  • Brain fog, decreased cognitive function, or slow processing speed?

  • Carbohydrate intolerance, particularly fiber or beans?

  • Itching of the vagina or anus?

  • Stomach bugs or history of traveler’s diarrhea?

  • Depression or anxiety?

  • Sinus congestion and/or bad breath?

  • Use of antibiotics?

  • Diagnosis of reflux, heartburn, and/or use of antacids?

  • Food sensitivities, such as gluten or dairy?

  • Exposure to toxins, such as glyphosate in genetically-modified foods or mercury from dental fillings or contaminated seafood?

  • A diagnosis of an autoimmune condition, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or psoriasis?

If you answered “yes” to 5 or more questions, you may have a problem with your gut and your hormone balance. I recommend further testing, with a functional medicine practitioner or your primary care provider for further evaluation.

Next Step: Restore Your Gut

For more information on how to restore gut balance, you can check back on the blog for other articles, you can follow me on Facebook, or get a Free Consultation to gut health coaching.

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CONCLUSION – Your gut regulates your hormones and for your hormones to be balanced, your gut should be balanced.

Source: http://www.saragottfriedmd.com/the-most-important-organ-for-hormone-balance-consider-the-gut-microbiome/

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