Your gut microbes plan an important role in hormonal regulation and how much oestrogen is circulating around your body at any one time.
If our hormones become disrupted by either our bodies producing or circulating too much or too little (men included!) this can disrupt our metabolism, mood, how susceptible we are to certain diseases, cardio and bone health (this is why post-menopausal women are more susceptible to osteoporosis). More on this in our gut through the ages article.
Your gut microbes play an important role in how your body regulates the amount of oestrogen circulating in your body at any one time. Your clever microbes produce something called beta glucuronidase, which frees up oestrogen for the body to use. If you don’t have enough microbes producing this or producing too much, your oestrogen levels will be affected, which influences body fat, metabolism, bowel movements, bone turnover and some skin conditions.
Dr Helen O’Neill – molecular geneticist
An imbalance in the microbiome can affect our reproductive system. There is evidence to suggest that dysbiosis is associated with a reproductive condition called endometriosis.