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 response from the gut to the skin. Therefore, we can take advantage of this communication via 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 is essential for skin healing.
- Digestive enzymes will ensure the thorough breakdown and absorption of nutrients
- Drink plenty of water
- Make sure you get plenty of healthy fats in your diet from fish, avocado and chia seeds etc
This means an imbalance of good to bad bacteria in the gut, this is caused from a poor diet, stress, overuse of medications, 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).
- Probiotics. Chat to your health professional about specific strains to choose
- A diet with plenty of variety will feed a wide 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 is a large driver and trigger for skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
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.
We know that there is a direct link between eczema and food sensitivities. Often when the food sensitivity is avoided and the sensitivity subsides, the eczema symptoms follow suit (pg 115 Micro Miracles).
- Take digestive enzymes to ensure the thorough breakdown of food and support the breakdown of food triggers that may cause a flare up
- Minimise food triggers while healing the gut
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 causes skin breakouts.
- Ensure you are drinking at least 2L 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
Improve 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)
Love Alissa & Kristyn ❤
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