Gut health and endometriosis are extremely interconnected, and many women who suffer from endometriosis also face conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and dysbiosis, a condition where there is a lack of healthy bacteria in the gut microbiome.
Studies have shown that endometriosis can influence how immune cells are used and produced in your gut, leading to inflammatory side effects. Women with endometriosis have been shown to have less responsive natural killer cells, greater concentrations of macrophages that promote inflammatory responses, and less responsive regulatory T cells.
Those who suffer from dysbiosis often produce excess levels of beta-glucuronidase, which lead to increased levels of estrogen that are not properly metabolized or absorbed into the body. The excess estrogen could make women more likely to develop endometriosis, or worsen symptoms in those who already face the condition.
Decreasing the consumption of inflammatory foods such as gluten, while increasing consumption of whole foods with a lot of fiber such as fruits, vegetables, and legumes can be a great way to naturally ease symptoms of endometriosis, especially when experiencing inflammation. Eating a variety of whole foods and fermented foods can diversify your gut microbiome as well and reduce the risk of dysbiosis. Manage stress levels through relaxing exercise, drink lots of water, and promote healthy bowel movements to take care of your overall health and help your gut function as efficiently as possible!