The gut and the endocrine system
What are the links between gut health and hormone health?
The importance of the gut and its place as central to health has been known for hundreds of years, and today there is increasing evidence linking the health of the gut to a wide range of conditions. Poor gut health increases systemic inflammation which is one of the features of many chronic diseases including Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune diseases.
As you know, few people today have perfect digestion and gut health. In fact, digestive disorders are one of the most common complaints in people visiting their GP.
Hormones control most major bodily functions, from hunger to reproduction; they determine our energy levels and impact our mood. There are many links between gut health and hormone health. For example:
- The gut, along with other tissues, converts thyroid hormone T4 to active T3
- Symptoms due to oestrogen dominance can be reduced by supporting the liver to biotransform oestrogen and the gut to eliminate it
- Insulin signalling and insulin resistance are affected by the composition of the gut microbiota
This seminar will explore the links between gut/liver function and hormone health and outline the 5-R programme for restoring optimal gastrointestinal function and hormonal health.
About Clare Daley
After graduating with a degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter, Clare worked in environmental management for 10 years. Clare returned to study at the University of Worcester, and completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Nutritional Therapy (with Distinction) in 2010. Clare is a qualified NLP Practitioner and more recently completed the Institute for Functional Medicine’s AFMCP course.
Since qualifying, Clare has worked in clinic as a Nutritional Therapist, with clients suffering from a wide range of conditions including digestive issues, fibromyalgia, hormone imbalances and weight management. Clare joined Cytoplan in 2015 where she supports practitioner education and runs Cytoplan’s Brain Health Programme.