The Gut Hormone Connection

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“My acne has no pattern, I've tracked it and I can't find any connection to my hormones,” Rebecca shared during her first visit with me. Rebecca isn't the first patient to be baffled by how their skin seemed to take a dive at random times. While Rebecca's acne issues did have a hormonal component, the bigger issue at play had to do with the gut hormone connection.

Rebecca had additional concerns about her gas, bloating and constipation. “If I'm not consistent with my magnesium then I can go 3 and sometimes even 5 days without pooping,” she explained.

I explained to Rebecca that her constipation was keeping her from getting her estrogen out, which meant her body was dealing with more hormones then it was prepared to handle. This is one of the common ways estrogen dominance can develop.

While Rebecca's primary concern was her skin, she was also dealing with heavy, painful periods and mood swings that brought her to tears days leading up to her period. Like most women, Rebecca thought these symptoms were just a normal part of being a woman.

• Heavy, painful periods
• Cramps
• Acne
• Headaches
• Hair loss
• Sensitivity to stress
• Mood swings
• And more!

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Oftentimes the root cause of these and other hormone imbalances start in your gut. Your digestive system is responsible for absorbing the nutrients from your food, which in turn helps you make the hormones your body needs and break down and excrete (get rid of) the hormones you don’t.

Gut symptoms like the following could all be signs that your gut needs some love:
• Gas
• Bloating
• Diarrhea
• Constipation
• Signs of nutrient deficiencies

However, sometimes the only way to assess the real state of your gut health is with functional lab testing. Testing for conditions like SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), bacterial dysbiosis, and parasites can be the key to getting your hormones on track.

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Natural Solutions to PMS & Heavy Painful Periods

The Thyroid Gut Connection 

5 Ways to Eliminate Estrogen Dominance 

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Dr. Jolene Brighten

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Dr. Jolene Brighten, NMD, is a women’s hormone expert and prominent leader in women’s medicine. As a licensed naturopathic physician who is board certified in naturopathic endocrinology, she takes an integrative approach in her clinical practice. A fierce patient advocate and completely dedicated to uncovering the root cause of hormonal imbalances, Dr. Brighten empowers women worldwide to take control of their health and their hormones. She is the best selling author of Beyond the Pill and Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth. Dr. Brighten is an international speaker, clinical educator, medical advisor within the tech community, and considered a leading authority on women’s health. She is a member of the MindBodyGreen Collective and a faculty member for the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine. Her work has been featured in the New York Post, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, Bustle, The Guardian, Sports Illustrated, Elle, and ABC News. Read more about me here.