My entire adult life, I’ve suffered from hormonally-induced IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Like clockwork, I would experience issues right before ovulating and several days before my period started.
Now that I’ve passed through menopause, I’ve noticed that I suffer several days before the new moon and full moon, as well. In fact, I’m wondering now how much a woman’s supposed P.M.S. is hormonal, and how much is due to the gravitational pull of the moon.
A subject for another post, but during the past few days, with no aggravating moon phase in sight, I’ve alternated good digestion days and bad ones.
I recently found out that probiotic supplements can cause an imbalance of gut flora, and thus cause IBS-type symptoms.
Interesting. I’ve learned that low estrogen levels cause serotonin levels to drop, and serotonin, normally associated with happiness, is necessary for proper functioning of the digestive tract. So I figured my problems were due to low levels of serotonin.
But I’ve been in a pretty good mood most of the time lately. And since starting to use thyme and other essential oils, my hot flashes have almost disappeared, indicating a rise in both estrogen and progesterone levels.
Could it be that the mysterious digestive condition we call IBS is largely an imbalance of bacteria in the digestive tract? Too much of a certain kind in the wrong place, not enough of another kind where it’s supposed to be?
Aging could be a factor, as well as low estrogen. Though my symptoms are better, they still pop up and are never all completely gone. Back to the moon – I’ve read that the gravitational pull can stimulate parasite activity. Why might it not affect probiotic activity, as well?
What do you think? Have I solved the deep mystery that not even the smartest doctors and scientists have been able to figure out? 😉