It turns out the key to managing many major symptoms of the menopause lies in the estrobolome
This collection of bacteria and fungi found in the gut is capable of metabolising and modulating levels of oestrogen in the body to support key processes such as mood regulation, cognitive function, and skin and hair health.
It can also protect against heart disease.
Despite the estrobolome consisting of over 60 different types of gut bacteria and fungi, research shows we are able to effectively manipulate its makeup through diet and lifestyle changes.
This includes supplementing with science-backed probiotics, such as KÄLLA FOR RELIEF, which can help to reduce or eliminate many symptoms of the menopause.
Rather than seeing these often negative side effects as something that’s out of our control, small, simple changes can have a big impact on the health of our gut bacteria in just a matter of weeks.
The menopause can be an unsettling time of change for women, but the gut helps to balance hormone levels throughout the body.
When the gut microbiome is healthy, the estrobolome also produces optimal levels of the enzyme beta glucuronidase, helping to effectively excrete oestrogen from the body as waste to balance hormone levels.
“Our gut microbes are responsible for producing beta-glucuronidase, but if we have too much, this can impact our ability to detoxify and eliminate oestrogen from the body, as this enzyme breaks down the chemical bonds used to metabolise oestrogen,” explains nutritional therapist Nicola Moore.
“This allows for oestrogen to be recirculated back into our blood supply, ultimately increasing the overall levels in the body.”
While progesterone and testosterone both decline during menopause oestrogen levels fluctuate and remain high if they are not effectively broken down.
This can lead to a myriad of menopause symptoms including hot flushes, night sweats, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue and even depression as well as a rise in cortisol levels, putting the body under additional stress.
“Working to encourage microbiome diversity can be incredibly helpful for balancing hormones and reducing symptoms,” says Nicola.
“This can be achieved by eating a diet rich in plant based foods, moderating alcohol intake, staying well hydrated, and supplementing with probiotics such as KÄLLA.”
Many women experience symptoms of IBS during the menopause, as fluctuations in ovarian hormones can cause gastrointestinal symptoms.
Multiple studies have shown that hormones may influence the occurrence, or worsening, of abdominal pain and discomfort during menopause, with symptoms fluctuating depending on female hormone levels.
Both oestrogen and progesterone impact the motility in the intestine and the inflammation of the intestinal lining, which can affect its functionality, due to increased permeability or ‘leaky gut’.
KÄLLA FOR RELIEF contains the patented lactic acid bacterium, L. plantarum DSM 9843, with each daily dosage containing 10 billion CFU.
More than 30 years of research, via 50 clinical studies, has shown this formula to help restore the gut’s delicate ecosystem and repeatedly been shown to address the uncomfortable symptoms of an imbalanced gut, including bloating, gas, discomfort and irregular bowel movements.
One key study of over 200 patients showed that pain, severity and frequency of IBS symptoms were lower after a four-week period.