We all want glowing, smooth skin. And we go to great lengths to buy all the products that advertise to do miracles for the skin. But what if part of that glow came from within?
For years I have been studying the correlation between gut health and skin health. Most recently, I graduated from the Integrative School of Nutrition, learning from the best about this subject.
This topic has been on health care professionals' radar for quite some time and the general consensus is that there is a direct correlation between your gut health and your skin health.
Recent research and studies have proven that our guts have a stronghold on our health. A thriving gut equals a healthy immune system, strong mind and healthy skin.
So could your skin issues be a sign that your gut health is off in some way?
The skin is a great barometer for what is going on inside the gut. While it doesn’t sound glamorous, the gut is where 70-80% of our immune system lies. It is where we make nutrients, metabolize hormones and detoxify enzymes, neutralize pathogens and make neurotransmitters. So yes the health of the gut is super important!
How does our skin tell us that our gut health is off?
If our skin is irritated, inflamed, dry, dull, red, or broken out, chances are there may be an imbalance in your gut.
For those dealing with acne, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, and premature aging, healing your gut will make a huge impact. Research shows that our gut health, as well as stress, can negatively impact the skin’s protective antimicrobial barrier and make the skin worse.
We have all probably experienced one of these skin issues at sometime in our life, and probably didn’t have a clue as to why!
Thanks to research and science it is no longer a mystery why we could be experiencing these different skin issues.
So what can we do?
There is no one size fits all gut restoration. But a few suggestions that work for all of us is incorporating a fiber rich, nutrient dense diet, and supporting your emotional and mental well being through exercise and meditation.
Also, adding probiotics, and fermented foods help bring the gut microbiome into balance and restore gut health.
Removing processed and fast foods is a great start to gut health, along with eating at home more as opposed to eating most of your meals out. And also one of my favorites, drinking at least eight glasses of water a day.
To heal the skin, it’s essential first to heal the gut.
I have personally done the work to heal my gut and I stay on track with my diet and exercise because not only do I love glowing skin but I love feeling that High Energy all the time!
Please do your own research, and I am happy to help or answer any questions.