Health, Hormones, Microbiome, Nutrition, Wellness

The Gut- Hormone Connection: What You Need to Know

Gut-Hormone Connection

Most know that gut microbes play many roles in supporting the body’s functions, including immunity, nutrient absorption in the digestive system, and intestinal permeability.

But, promising research points to the gut microbiome playing an essential role in the regulation of hormone levels within the body as well. Levels of estrogen and testosterone become unbalanced during puberty, before and after menstruation, and menopause. 

If you’ve noticed you’re more prone to acne during these times, you’re not alone. An increase in the production of sebum (oils produced on the facial area) is typical during this time because sebaceous glands have receptors that are influenced by our hormone production. 

The chain reaction of an imbalance of gut microbes leading to uneven regulation of hormones leads to excess oil production, which contributes to excess oils that collect dirt, grime, and dead skin cells, which can clog the pores and contribute to the formation of acne. 

Whew, got that? Staving off this process has a simple origin: keeping your gut healthy. 

The good news is we can help support healthy, acne-free skin by eating foods that contain gut-friendly probiotics:

  • Live yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Kombucha
  • Miso
  • Sauerkraut
  • Kimchi

These are just a few foods that support a healthy gut by delivering a shot of probiotics. Not into any of these? Try a Lactobacillus probiotic supplement.

Cleansing regularly with our LaFlore® Live Probiotic Cleanser helps keep skin clean and balanced during those times when you find your skin getting a little wonky because of hormones. It helps clear excess oils and sloughs dead skin cells, keeping pores clean. 

Following up with LaFLore® Live Probiotic Daily-Defense Moisturizer keeps the skin hydrated and nourished, and our Live Probiotic Serum Concentrate provides a layer of protection against toxins that join with that extra oil to promote acne. 

Keeping your gut healthy keeps your skin healthy- be sure to get the daily dose of probiotics it needs to work its magic. 

 

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