Estrogen…we all know what it is but….
Why does estrogen matter?
Estrogen is the major female sex hormone that promotes and maintains the development of female characteristics. It is a very complex hormone that actually functions hand in hand with gut. The gut microbiome is influenced by estrogen itself and can also have a direct impact on estrogen levels. Improper estrogen balance is associated with many disease states and cancer.
Are you suffering from…..
- Irregular periods/heavy periods
- Weight Gain
- Dry skin
- Puffy/ water retention
…your estrogen levels may be out of whack! CorePerform can help to balance your hormones and optimize gut health!
Estrogen and your gut
The gut-microbiome secretes an enzyme called beta-glucuronidase that deconjugates estrogen and enables it to bind to estrogen receptors. Poor gut health leads to an altered estrobolome, a community of microbes able to metabolize estrogens. This imbalance of too much or too little estrogen production due to poor gut health is associated with a plethora of diseases such as PCOS, obesity, breast cancer, and more.
Let’s break it down
- Bile-acid secreted estrogen is deconjugated by the estrobolome.
- Metabolized estrogen is reabsorbed by the gut and goes into the bloodstream.
- Through the bloodstream, it is transported to distal mucosal sites.
- Estrogen acts on estrogen receptors at these distal sites (ex. Vaginal Epithelia).
- Activated receptors cause downstream physiological effects such as gene activation or cascade signaling.
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Effects of dysbiosis
- Dysbiosis disrupts homeostasis through a reduction of bacterial diversity which results in inflammation.
- Creates a metabolic profile that is detrimental to gut epithelial health
- Reduces cell-cell junctions leading to increased permeability and bacterial translocation
- Bacterial translocation leads to altered estrogen levels and puts you at risk for disease
Diseases associated with altered estrogen levels due to poor gut health
….all could lead to infertility and increase of cancer
- PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
- Endometrial Hyperplasia
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Source: Estrogen-gut microbiome axis: Physiological and clinical implications Baker, James M. et al. Maturitas, Volume 103, 45-53.