Q: Is the Pill wrecking Your Gut and Causing IBS, SIBO, Crohn’s, Leaky Gut and Gut dysbiosis?
Last week I did a video on Birth control pills and Thyroid gland disease– and why if you suffer with hypothyroid symptoms- (weight gain, brain fog, depression, anxiety, Fatigue……that your birth control pill was not helping out your thyroid.
I explained 3 ways that Birth control pills interfere with Thyroid function– well, I received an overwhelming response, many of my YouTube subscribers asking if I would do a video detailing more about the pills effects on the gut.
In today’s video, and over the next couple of videos, I want to share with you several ways that not only birth control pills (but also fertility shots, and Hormone replacement) can wreak havoc on your entire digestive system.
In each video I will talk and take you through the connection between
- The Pill and Gut Dysbiosis
- The Pill, Crohn’s disease and Gut Inflammation
- The Pill and Leaky gut
- How The Pill affects GB function
- The Pill and motility disorders like SIBO or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
- The Pill it affects on Liver function
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Everybody is familiar with the damaging effects of antibiotics and for that reason many people will take a probiotic– in the hope that probiotics, will somehow minimize some of the damage caused when you take an antibiotics.
But have you ever given thought about taking probiotics because you are on the pill OR because you took the pill years ago?
Now that’s not something most woman would think of Right!…………… taking a probiotics because you are on the pill or took the pill? What’s the connection?-
Well I hope after today, you will think differently about the pill and its connection to your gut health and all the things that gut health is connected too.
The Pill and Gut Dysbiosis
1. It changes and alters the kinds of bacteria that are a part of you gastrointestinal microbiome.
That’s right! Taking the pill wrecks your gut microbiome!
The gut microbiome is like a rainforest- it is teaming with all different kinds of bacterial and fungal species- hopefully all living in harmony and getting along.
It is said that there are 10 times as many bacteria living in your gut as there are human cells! In a 200 pound person that can be up to 6 pounds of bacteria.
There are so many different kinds of bacteria living in your gut and each of these bacteria are important in their own way- they all serve different functions and when one is thrown off it often has a domino effect on many others.
Every year we eat several tons of food- The bacteria in our gut “talk” to the immune system and help our immune system determine or recognize, if the food we eat or perfume we wear…. is a friend or a threat. If your immune system recognizes a certain food or certain chemical found in the perfume that it doesn’t like- it will tell certain cells to attack that chemical.
In that process and in some people, this immune reaction can set off an autoimmune response- An example of this would be eating wheat and that causing celiac disease.
Think about that for just a moment for all of you out there who are suffering with food sensitivities and chemical sensitivities…….
Disruptions in those bacteria have caused your body to over react to chemicals and foods you once upon a time- never had problems with.
Are you finding that you are becoming increasing sensitive to foods that you never experienced reactions to? Foods that are healthy for you?
Are you becoming increasing sensitive to shampoos, lotions, perfumes?
Does the exposure to these things cause headaches, or brain fog, hives or change in your mood?
If you said YES- In immunology we refer to this as immune tolerance.
Your immune system is losing tolerance to the world you live in! And that’s a huge problem and this loss of immune tolerance can be traced back to the birth control pill and the dysbiosis that the pill can cause in certain individuals.
Check Out This Test I Ran On A Patient
Let me show you a quick test I ran on a patient who was struggling for the last 15 years with many different kinds of health problems including GI problems.
What you will notice is that along the left side we have the many different types of bacteria that we expect to see populating the gut.
These are called commensal bacteria. – Not only are they supposed to be there, but we also expect them to be at a certain level or certain threshold.
In this particular patient most of those black diamonds are on the very low end.
The kinds of bacteria and the quantity or threshold that we see them in, can predispose an individual to developing gut diseases like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or Infectious colitis—
Both of these Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) have been associated with The Pill.
Why The Microbiome Is So Important
The health of the microbiome, extends beyond the gut to metabolic disorders such as heart disease, Thyroid problems, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cholesterol disorders, asthma, skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, we also see studies showing mental health is tied into the gut microbiota- things like (depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, bi-polar) and if you are a person struggling with weight or obesity- you can’t lose weight no matter what you do….
Studies have also shown a connection between an imbalance between Baceteroidetes (gram (-) species and Firmicutes (gram (+) bacteria)- two main phyla found in the gut.
Our microbiome also protects us from bacteria and viruses that we ingest, they help with absorption of nutrients and provide energy to our body- Several bacterial species that are common in the distal intestine bacteria like (e.g., Bacteroides, Bifidobacterium,
Fatigue, Brain Fog, Depression-Your Gut Bacteria and B vitamins
These good bacteria are known to make many different kinds of B vitamins- vitamins such as (B1), (B2), B5, folate, biotin– so we can have nutrient deficiencies in B vitamins caused by birth control pills.
Can You Relate to These Symptoms?- The Pill Might Be The Culprit
- Do you ever feel run down or fatigued?
- Do you suffer with joint pain and inflammation?
- Do you suffer with Anxiety or Depression?
- Do you experience hair thinning or hair breakage?
- Do your nails easily break?
This could be a deficiency in one or more of the B vitamins I just mentioned caused by the pill. So as you can see, changes in our Microbiome have enormous consequences in almost every aspect of health and that means even your health in the next 10 or 20 years.
The Pill and Yeast Infections
The pill not only affects the gut- it also affects a woman vaginal flora. Just like there is a Gut flora/microbiome.
The vaginal tract also has a microbiome of its own and disruption to the vaginal microbiome can cause things like vaginal yeast infections. Birth control pills, patches, and the vaginal ring all contain a combination of estrogen and progestin and it is these synthetic hormones that throw off and disrupt your body’s natural balance of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone and in their wake of causing disharmony….. They create the perfect condition for Candida (a fungus) and other kinds of bad bacteria to flourish and overgrow.
Pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars a year selling you birth control pills and then selling your Monistat and other medications to treat the burning, itch and odor caused by the yeast infection that “The Pill” just caused.
In wrapping up today’s video, I hope you now have a better appreciation for your gut microbiome and why it’s so important.
I also hope that you are starting to see the connection here between the synthetic hormones like the ones seen in the pill and gut dysbiosis and the aftermath of problems when the pills or synthetic hormones are taken.
We need to get back to ROOT cause health care. Restoring our health is not about manipulating hormones and biochemistry with medications.
It’s not about raising levels that are low- it’s about understanding the cause of why those levels are low!
That’s going to wrap up today’s video on The Pill and Gut dysbiosis.
I hope that you will tune into the next video where I will be talking about How “The Pill” causes Gastrointestinal Inflammation.
You definitely don’t want to miss this if you are person who has Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis or some other Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Additional Links associated with changes in Microbiome
Alterations in the microbiome have been associated with a surprising range of conditions, including neuropsychiatric diseases [Collins et al. 2012],
Asthma and atopic diseases [Van Nimwegen et al. 2011],
Obesity and metabolic syndrome [Nicholson et al. 2012],
Colorectal cancer [Louis et al. 2014],
In health, the microbiome plays key roles in metabolism of food and drugs, development of the gastrointestinal epithelium, development and modulation of the immune system, and protection from infections [Sekirov et al. 2010].