Our gut health is crucial to our overall health for many reasons. When it comes to estrogen dominance, a microbiome imbalance is one of the major factors involved.
Our microbiome is the community of mostly bacteria, and possibly yeasts, viruses, and parasites or worms that share our body with us. The majority of these bugs exist in our digestive tracts, in particular our colon or large intestines. There is a significant ecology that exists within us (for every human cell, there is 10x more bacterial cells in or on our body) so imbalances really impact our health!
A microbiome imbalance occurs when bad bacteria and poisonous bacteria such as pathogens (i.e salmonella) grow out of control in your gut. Our gut ecology can imbalance as babies, from our mother’s imbalanced microbiome or the gut bugs in the hospital we’re exposed to. It can become imbalanced with many rounds of antibiotics or poor dietary choices. In certain situations, such as food poisoning, bad bacteria may spread through the gut. Or maybe we have an overgrowth of poisonous bacteria or a bad infection that requires IV antibiotics, equivalent to buckets of toxic chemicals in our gut story.