What is our Estrobolome?

June 19, 2021


Lindsey Peterson, FNP

I am sure you are familiar with the microbiome, but have you heard of the human estrobolome? Yep, we’ve all got one!

Our estrobolome is a branch of the microbiome. It’s a collection of bacteria that is dedicated to maintaining estrogen balance. Metabolizing and modulating estrogen effectively is the key to proper estrogen balance in the body and we wouldn’t be able to do it without our estrobolome.

So what happens when our estrobolome is out of whack?

An ineffective estobolome can lead to two different opposing issues:

  • If the estrobolome is not metabolizing estrogen properly, we can reabsorb our estrogen causing an estrogen dominant state. Estrogen dominance can lead to an increased risk of clotting and the development of estrogen dominant cancers such as breast, ovarian, colon cancer, ect. Estrogen dominance symptoms can include heavy bleeding, uterine fibroids, cysts, breast tenderness and lumps.
  • If the estrobolome is eliminating too much estrogen you can end up in a lower estrogen state. Inadequate estrogen levels can affect your mood, skin and hair health, cognitive function, and even cardiovascular health.

All in all, it is clear a healthy estrobolome plays a critical role in women’s health.

So how do we support our estrobolome? By supporting our microbiome!

We can all ensure a healthy microbiome by taking probiotics, eating foods that acts as prebiotics, adding in fermented foods to our diet, and ensuring an adequate fiber intake. These key action items are the four ways we boost our microbiome.

We often are asked by our patients to help them balance their hormone health and some are surprised when we start with improving their gut health. That’s right! Our hormones are very influenced by the health of our gut, and our estrobolome is here to prove just that.

Estrogen levels will always fluctuate depending on where you are in your cycle, your age, and during pregnancy. Ensuring proper gut health and a healthy estrobolome is one major step in supporting your overall hormone health.

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