As women enter their perimenopausal and menopausal years, new (and often distressing) symptoms may start to pop up as their hormone levels change. The ovaries, the primary supplier of estrogen, begin to reduce their production and the circulating estrogen level in the body declines. Then come the dreaded hot flashes and night sweats . . . Here’s where it gets interesting. Did you know that the severity of these symptoms may be closely related to your gut health?