In recent years Gut health has become trendy. We’re taking probiotics, drinking kombucha both beneficial bacteria.  We are also mindful when it comes to food choices. Gut health is often called your “second brain,” so it is crucial to learn all you can and get on top of it! It’s about time the general public realized how much the gut plays a role in overall health.  For women understanding the connection between perimenopause and leaky gut syndrome is essential.

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky Gut Syndrome is one issue many people deal with regarding gut health and don’t even know it! So, what is Leaky Gut? Your gut has the natural ability to permeate small molecules. Your body releases zonulin proteins that destroy the intestinal linings for sensitive, stressed, ill or aging women.

When zonulin starts wreaking havoc in your body, you wind up with what’s known as a leaky gut. When that happens, microbes, toxins, particles of undigested food, and other unwanted stuff is released from your intestines and get into your bloodstream. Your immune system then flags them as invaders and begins attacking them.

Gluten, infections, toxins, and inflammatory foods can cause leaky gut syndromes. If you suffer from digestive woes, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue, skin problems, and joint pain, ask your doctor about leaky gut syndrome and if it may be a factor for you.

If you suspect you may have a leaky gut, try eliminating problem foods to remove toxins and inflammatory agents so you can get to the source of your problem. It could be life-changing to discover which foods work best for you and which to eliminate them, especially for peri and menopausal women.   

Gut dysbiosis can lead to hormone imbalances. When our gut microbiome is healthy and balanced, the estrobolome can regulate the right level of estrogen within the body, but when imbalanced by inflammation – gut dysbiosis can drive estrogen production in either direction, disrupting the normal flow and leading to estrogen-related pathologies.


– Remove all the “bad.”

The first step is to cut out any items that harm your GI tract. So, it’s time to ditch the inflammatory foods (think junk foods) and focus on healthy, whole foods.

– Replace with good stuff

Once you eliminate potential problem-causers, add more essential items that aid in digestion. Dark leafy greens, bone broth, probiotics, and digestive enzymes are a great place to start.

– Get busy re-inoculating

Your gut thrives on beneficial bacteria for a healthy balance. Get those pre-and probiotics in there that it needs for your best health.

– Help the gut repair

Once you restore gut homeostasis, start giving it the nutrients it needs to recover officially. Things like L-glutamine will help restore your gut wall lining.

It’s not too late to get your health back. If you suspect leaky gut syndrome to be the cause of your health issues, talk to your medical professional and begin working on restoring your gut health today.

Cheers & Love….and a healthy gut!

XO Lorraine

Lorraine Miano

Lorraine Miano

Lorraine Miano discovered her passion of offering menopause advocacy,  support and resources to women in all phases of menopause through health coaching, proper nutrition and preventive lifestyle choices. She received her certifications as a Health Coach and hormone health expert from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

She has been able to help even more women by writing and publishing her first book, The Magic of Menopause: A Holistic Guide to Get Your Happy Back! The book helps guide women through the struggles they face as they begin menopause and helps tackle the daily changes such as balancing hormones holistically, getting a better night’s sleep and reducing or eliminating hot flashes, to name a few.

Lorraine loves to encourage her clients with her mantra “Menopause is NOT an ending! IT IS a new beginning!”

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