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Balancing Act: Gut Health and Its Role in Your Pelvic Wellness

by | Ask The Expert, Nutrition, Pelvic Health

Gut health has become a big topic over the last few years, and for good reason. The gut, often referred to as the “second brain,” plays a crucial role in our overall well-being. It houses trillions of bacteria that can influence everything from digestion to immunity, mood and mental health. This complex ecosystem, known as the gut microbiome, affects how our bodies function on multiple levels.

There is an intricate relationship between gut health and pelvic health, particularly for women. The pelvic region, which includes the bladder, uterus, and lower intestines, is closely linked to the digestive system. An imbalance in the gut microbiome can have a ripple effect, impacting pelvic health in significant ways.

Could poor gut health be affecting my pelvic health?

Yes, there’s a significant connection between gut health and systemic inflammation, which can impact pelvic health issues such as interstitial cystitis, endometriosis, and chronic pelvic pain. These conditions are often linked to inflammation, and poor gut health could be a contributing factor. But how exactly are gut health and inflammation connected?

The key lies in the integrity of the intestinal barrier—a crucial component of a healthy gut. Our gut microbiome, the community of bacteria living in our intestines, plays a vital role in maintaining this barrier. When there’s an imbalance in our microbiome, it can weaken the intestinal barrier, allowing harmful substances and bacteria to seep into the bloodstream. This triggers the body’s defence mechanisms, leading to systemic inflammation.

How do I know if I have poor gut health?

Some people may not realise if their intestinal barrier is compromised or if their microbiome is out of whack, but there are often tell-tale signs. Common symptoms include bloating, food sensitivities, constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion, and abdominal pain. It’s like your gut is trying to send you a distress signal!

However, it’s important to remember that these symptoms are quite broad and can sometimes be caused by other health issues. So, while it’s good to be aware of your gut health, it’s always a smart idea to consult with a healthcare professional if you’re experiencing persistent or severe symptoms. Your body has a way of letting you know when something’s not quite right, and paying attention to these signals can help you take proactive steps towards better health.

How do I improve my gut health to support my pelvic health?

To improve overall gut health the key is to support the balance of our microbiome. A happy microbiome is such an important part of not just our pelvic health, but our overall health. One thing you can focus on is getting both prebiotic and probiotic foods into your diet. Prebiotics are foods that act as a food source for the healthy bacteria in your body and probiotics are foods that contain the healthy bacteria themselves.

Prebiotic foods: These feed good bacteria

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Cooked and cooled carbohydrates (pasta, potatoes)
  • Green bananas

Probiotic foods: These are the good bacteria

  • Natural yoghurt
  • Kefir
  • Kombucha
  • Kimchi
  • Sauerkraut

Incorporating a variety of these foods can create a synergistic effect. If your microbiome is happy and balanced you will also be supporting the integrity of your intestinal barrier. It is important to note that maintaining a balanced gut microbiome is an ongoing process, but making small, consistent changes to your diet can lead to significant improvements in your overall health and subsequently your pelvic health. So try out some natural yoghurt topped with banana for breakfast or a big potato salad with a side of asparagus for lunch!

Understanding the intricate relationship between gut health and pelvic health highlights just how important it is to keep our gut microbiome balanced. By nurturing this connection, we can take charge of our overall well-being. While it’s not the only factor to consider for pelvic wellness, it’s definitely worth paying attention to. Taking small steps to support your gut can make a big difference in how you feel, and it’s a great place to start on your journey to better health!

*Consult your GP or a registered health care professional if you have concerns about your health. 

About the Author

Millie, is the founder and visionary behind MiNutrition. As a certified Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist and esteemed member of ANP and GNC, UK, Millie brings a wealth of expertise and passion to the field of holistic health.

Her journey began with her own personal battle against severe period pain and abdominal discomfort, eventually leading to an endometriosis diagnosis. Faced with uncertainty, Millie turned to nutrition as a beacon of hope and healing. Witnessing remarkable transformations in her own health ignited a deep-seated desire to delve into the science behind food’s impact on hormonal balance.

Armed with newfound knowledge and a burning passion to make a difference, Millie set out to create MiNutrition. Through MiNutrition, Millie is committed to empowering others to take control of their health journey, offering evidence-based solutions and compassionate guidance every step of the way.

Visit https://www.minutrition.org for more info or to book a free connection call with Millie! Or follow @millie.minutrition on Instagram.

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