The gut flora affects your hormones

The hormone balance in our body is very important as an imbalance can affect both our sleep and appetite for starters. The good news is that you can influence your hormones by adjusting your lifestyle. One thing you can do to take care of your hormones, is taking care of your gut.

Hormones control our lives

Regardless of gender and age, we are all full of hormones that control both our moods and desires to sleep and eat. For example, cortisol wakes you up, leptin controls appetite and melatonin makes you tired when evening approaches. Simply put, your hormones act as messengers carrying big and important messages throughout your body. An hormone imbalances can therefore have major consequences.

The endocrine system and the gut flora

Our hormones are regulated by the endocrine system, which is a complex network of glands, organs and tissues. It uses hormones to control and coordinate your body’s metabolism, energy levels, reproduction, growth and development. It also controls our response to injury, stress, and our moods. The gut flora affects our hormone levels as well. Our good gut bacteria direct the body’s hormones and help maintain the right balance in our body.

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This is how the gut flora affects your hormones

A healthy gut flora can, for example, help lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body and can make you calmer. Good and healthy bacteria are also good for digestion, which in turn affects estrogen levels as well as the body’s insulin production. Estrogens are a group of hormones that play an important role in the normal sexual and reproductive development in women. Insulin on the other hand is a hormone made in your pancreas, which allows your body to use glucose for energy. It also helps to balance your blood glucose levels. 

A healthy gut flora make the body more sensitive to leptin. This is a hormone produced by your body’s fat cells to make you feel satiated. Practically speaking, sufficient levels of leptin can make the brain more quickly aware that you are full and can thus influence you to stop (over)eating.

The sleep hormone melatonin is also affected by the state of your gut flora, as is the happiness hormone oxytocin. And yet another study has shown that a healthy gut flora results in increased levels of Vitamin D in the system. Despite the name, Vitamin D is actually a hormone that, among other things, affects the body’s ability to absorb calcium and regulate blood glucose levels. 

So all in all a healthy gut flora influences quite a number of our hormones.  

Nutrition for the good bacteria

Since the gut flora is involved in the regulation of many hormones, it is important to maintain a strong and balanced gut flora. The good bacteria in our gut like fibres. So make sure you eat lots of vegetables, fruits, berries, nuts and other plant foods that these bacteria thrive on and help them increase in number. The bacteria also love acidic and fermented vegetables. Make sure those are unpasteurised because pasteurisation kills all the good bacteria in fermented products. Check out the anti-inflammatory lifestyle we recommend as the best way to take care of your gut health.

Another alternative is to introduce a health supplement for the gut flora such as Synbiotic15 which contains good bacteria and fibres. Read more about synbiotic supplements and why they’re good for your health here

Avoid doing this

While we recommend ant-inflammatory food and our supplement Synbiotic15 to boost your gut health. There are some things your should avoid and antibiotics and processed foods are the two biggest no-nos.

We understand that sometimes you need to take antibiotics to treat a disease, but you should only take it if absolutely necessary. Antibiotics are great for killing dangerous and bad bacteria, but it also kills all the good bacteria that you want more of. A course of antibiotics can wipe out as much as 90% of your gut flora and it can, in the worst case, take several months, possibly even years, to recover. So make sure you really need these antibiotics before you take them. 

A standard recommendation with a treatment of antibiotics is to supplement good bacteria to compensate for the negative effect on the gut flora. It’s also important to supplement fibre (prebiotics), as it functions as food for these good bacteria. This is easily done with a synbiotic supplements that combines good bacteria and fibre. 

With an ongoing treatment, it’s important to wait until at least two hours after you’ve taken your antibiotics before taking good bacteria to ensure the effect isn’t cancelled out. 

The second thing to avoid is ultra-processed foods. When it comes to diet, we recommend you should avoid refined sugars, ultra-processed foods and unnecessary additives. Especially processed food is a big one. A simple rule to follow is look at the list of ingredients when you buy something. When there are more than 5 ingredients, don’t buy it as it’s overly processed and your good bacteria don’t like that!

A supplement for your gut health

Want more energy and less bloating? It might be time to take better care of your gut. To strengthen or restore the balance in your gut flora, it's important you feed your gut with a daily dose of pre- and probiotics. A healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is usually sufficient. If you want an extra boost or make sure you get a daily dose of good bacteria, you can complement your diet with a supplement.

Why should you take Synbiotic15?

A daily dose of Synbiotic15 helps to boost your immune system, improve your digestion, prevent inflammation, strengthen your gut flora, improve your skin and take care of simple stomach problems. It's a powdered mix of 4 patented lactic acid bacteria and 4 grams of prebiotic fibres, which act as food for the good bacteria. Based on over 15 years of research, developed in Sweden and 100% natural.

Add it to your daily (morning) routine and stir it in water, mix it with your smoothie, or take it as is! Get started today. Buy Synbiotic15 now.

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