Balancing cortisol during menopause - gut health

Menopause can be a stressful season of life, and this can be linked to not just estrogen fluctuation, but also cortisol levels. Fluctuations in estrogen can increase cortisol release, but also cortisol increases can lower estrogen production. These fluctuations can lead to emotional stress, sleep disturbances, weight gain, fatigue, and skin issues. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to support women during menopause.  

1. Supporting the estrobolome: the gut and estrogen have a bidirectional called the 'estrobolome'. Specific prebiotics and probiotics can be used to help the gut recycle estrogen back into the body. Plus, a healthy gut is linked to normal cortisol levels.

2. Herbs: Use stress-supporting herbs, like saffron, ashwagandha, lemon balm, and passionflower to provide emotional ease.
3. DON'T FAST: Eating regularly is super important for regulating cortisol levels.
4. Practice deep breathing exercises: I know you probably hear this all the time, but it is one of the BEST ways to support the nervous system and lower cortisol.
5. Grounding techniques: Research shows that putting your bare feet on the ground can increase feelings of well-being.
6. Sunshine + Vitamin D: Vitamin D is linked to healthy vaginal tissue in menopausal women. 

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