Many of my customers are surprised to hear this, but digestion can often impact your skin.
What does your digestive system have to do with maintaining beautiful skin?
Is there a connection between the two?
Actually, there is a very powerful connection!
You have heard the saying that "you are what you eat." But in reality, you are what you digest and absorb.
In order to have and maintain good skin, a healthy gut is paramount. In fact, almost 80% of your immune system exists in the gut. So when it is functioning normal and optimal, your skin will reflect it. You will have more energy and notice that your mood tends to be more on the happy side.
On the other side of the coin, if your digestive system is not working properly you will experience constipation, diarrhea, hormonal imbalance, skin issues and more.
So basically, the gut needs to be able to absorb the important nutrients from your food and supplements to keep you healthy and your immune system functioning properly.
It also needs to be able to remove daily toxins from your body. If you are not getting rid of toxins daily, you can be reabsorbing them, which show in your skin in the form of blemishes, acne or other common skin conditions.
So here are some ways to boost gut health, thus improve your skin.
- Eat real, unprocessed food. Healthy fats, plenty of greens, vegetables, and green juices. I personally eat greens every day. I have also invested in cold press juicers.
- Eliminate processed, easy convenient packaged foods. Reduce your sugar, dairy, and gluten.
- Some people need to supplement with good gut supplements, For example D3 is very important for gut health.
- Take in plenty of fiber. Women need 25 grams of fiber per day.
- Drink lots of water. No joke. I personally keep a quart jar next to my Berkey water filter, to keep me accountable to myself. I drink at least 2 a day. 64 oz.
- Incorporate exercise into your weekly schedule.
- Eat healthy fats. Eat foods with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Or take supplements with Omega 3 and 6.
This is just a quick overview of the connection of gut health and skin. Honestly, I could write a post on each one of these items!
But I highly recommend finding a functional medicine doctor and having your blood work tested to check hormone levels, thyroid, or any test that is related to knowing the condition of your gut.
If you have any questions, I am happy to answer. Just send me an email or text.
Until next time,