gut and the skin

Check The Gut PART 3….Skin

Gut Health and Skin… Glowing from the Inside Out

 

Gut Health and Skin, What’s the Link?

Gut health and skin are closely connected. The appearance of our skin is strongly influenced by a number of factors, most typically our genetics, hormones, medical history, liver, environment, skincare regime, and, (of course), the overall quality of our diet and its effect on our gut. 

Gut microbes communicate with the skin via the gut-skin axis. Therefore, the gut is influencing the immune and inflammatory responses from the gut to the skin. Therefore, we can take advantage of this communication through the control of different skin conditions. 

Have you noticed that when you indulge in chocolate, you break out, or does your skin gets flushed when you have wine?

 

Absorption of Nutrients

The gut’s role is to break down the food we use into a form that the body can easily break down and absorb the nutrients to use for its many functions. Poor digestion causes poor absorption of nutrients, which causes a lack of what is needed to repair, feed, and nourish the skin.

For example, dry skin needs plenty of essential fatty acids, oily skin needs riboflavin (B2) and zinc may assist with skin healing. 

Take Charge 

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Make sure you get plenty of  healthy fats in your diet from fish, avocado and, chia seeds, etc

 

Dysbiosis

This means an imbalance of good to bad bacteria in the gut. This is caused from a poor diet, stress, overuse of medications and antibiotics, and environmental factors. Imbalances in bacteria can again inhibit the gut’s ability to absorb nutrients, affecting how our skin appears (hello, dull skin). 

Take Charge

  • Probiotics. Chat to your health professional about specific strains to choose
  • A diet with plenty of variety will feed a wide and diverse range of microbes. So eat more diversity!
  • Reduce stress: try yoga, going for a walk, meditation or journaling
  • Avoid excess medications and antibiotics
  • Choose natural skin-care that works with your skin, instead of stripping it. Avoiding harsh chemicals and toxins is important

 

Food Triggers and Sensitivities

Diet may trigger skin conditions.

If food is not thoroughly broken down, the particles pass through our intestinal wall into the bloodstream, where they are perceived as a threat. In response, the body sends out circulating immune complexes to hook up with the food particles, causing an inflammatory allergic reaction, which in turn can lead to acne breakouts. When bacteria is also present, we have cystic acne.  

Take Charge

  • Minimise food triggers while healing the gut

 

Elimination

Each time we go to the toilet, we are ridding the body of anything it doesn’t need (waste), which includes water, fibre, nutrients, and bacteria. If our elimination process is not working properly, it affects our digestion, absorption, immunity, inflammation, and ultimately our skin. 

If our stools are too loose, we are often not absorbing the nutrients we need for skin health and complexion. 

Constipation means our elimination pathways are not working and wastes are building up in the body, which again may cause skin breakouts.

Take Charge

  • Ensure you are drinking at least 2 liters of water a day
  • Eat plenty of fibre rich foods, including vegetables and fruit
  • If constipation or diarrhoea are a regular thing for you, work with your health professional to heal your gut and find the underlying cause

 

Improving gut health and skin will show noticeable positive changes in appearance.

 

“While a balanced, wholesome diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits is important for skin health, even the most nutritious foods won’t improve the skin’s appearance if the body can’t utilise the nutrients” (pg 103 Micro Miracles, Ellen W Cutler)

 

 

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