Today, I want to talk about the gut microbiota, which plays a crucial role in both overall health and fertility. A balanced and healthy microbiota promotes an environment conducive to conception and a healthy pregnancy.
The gut microbiota consists of microorganisms that live in our gut. Scientific research demonstrate its importance in maintaining good health and achieving a healthy pregnancy. Each person has a unique microbiota, just like their fingerprint. Therefore, it is vital to understand that the restoration treatment is not the same for everyone.
These microorganisms metabolize nutrients and act as a protective barrier. They also educate our immune system. When the microbiota becomes imbalanced, it affects the immune system. A weakened immune system can lead to systemic inflammation, which can complicate pregnancy and may result in spontaneous abortions. (8 out of 10 infertile women show inflammatory markers).
A healthy digestive system with a diverse and balanced population of microorganisms is essential for maintaining good health and achieving a healthy pregnancy.
But, What happens when the intestinal microbiota becomes altered?
Leaky gut syndrome is a condition that occurs when the gut microbiota is imbalanced. This causes the junction between the cells of the intestinal barrier to become more permeable, allowing toxins, bacteria, and other substances that should not cross the barrier to enter the bloodstream. This leads to systemic inflammation, weakening the immune system. Symptoms may include fatigue, acne, eczema, constipation, mental health issues, impaired nutrient assimilation, and infertility, among others.
Studies have linked gut dysbiosis to conditions such as metabolic syndrome, autoimmunity, polycystic ovary syndrome, and endometriosis, which over time negatively affect reproductive health.
Years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting molecular biologist Gabriela Gutierrez and biochemist Agustina Azpiroz and learning more about the impact of gut microbiota on health, specifically fertility. According to Gabriela Gutierrez, an immunology expert, restoring the microbiota requires more than just taking a generic probiotic. A healthy microbiota requires a healthy balance of different types of beneficial bacteria. It is necessary to have a balance among them to have a strong immune system.
“Interestingly, 7 out of 10 women planning a pregnancy showed an overexpression of the most well-known and friendly component of probiotics in the market, Lactobacillus.”
Each woman is unique, and so is her microbiota. Therefore, it is important to get adequate rest, understand the suitable diet for you, and use the appropriate probiotics. This will help restore your microbiota and optimize your reproductive health.
If you want to learn more about restoring your intestinal microbiota, feel free to contact me. I would be delighted to assist you!