Gut Health

The Skin and Gut Health Connection

Gut health is crucial to our everyday wellbeing. It contains healthy bacteria and immune cells that ward off bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Around 70% of our immune system is housed in our gut.

What is gut health?

Gut is another word for our gastrointestinal or digestive tract. It usually refers to the balance of microorganisms that live in our digestive tract otherwise known as our gut microbiome. Research on the microbiome is still in its initial stages but studies have already found that certain environments, foods, and behaviours can influence gut health and mindset for better or for worse.

There has always been a connection between our gut and our mental health – this tends to be why we sometimes feel sluggish after certain meals.

Studies have proven that our gut is the stronghold to good health, and that a thriving gut equals a healthy immune system and a positive, strong mind. But does our gut also have control over our complexions?

Many food allergies and sensitivity reactions begin with some sort of a skin reaction such as hives, itchiness, or tingling in the mouth. These symptoms can also progress to more severe reactions, like swelling of our throat and tongue and airway obstruction. Around 7 – 11% of people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) tend to have psoriasis.

Gut inflammation can eventually become systemic inflammation. From genetics and hormones to diet and nutrition, the skin is often a reflection of what is happening within our body. On a positive note, a well-balanced gut can help ward off complexion concerns.

Whilst not every skin condition is directly associated with our gut, many unhealthy, extreme skin issues are connected to what we’re eating and the balance of bacteria in our body.

  • Rosacea, acne, and dry skin are all skin conditions that have the same root cause—poor gut health and gut function.
  • Acne, a very common skin condition in young adults, clogs hair follicle pores with oil or dead skin.
  • Acne can be associated with dysbiosis—an unbalanced and damaged gut. Approximately 70% of our body’s immune cells reside in our gut, where they are influenced by our gut microbiome.

Dry skin is an extremely common skin condition that is mainly caused by environmental factors, although when chronic it can be directly linked with abnormal bowel movements.

 

A healthy gut

Our gut is responsible for processing all the nutrients that we consume and its muscular contractions help to move our food through our digestive system.

  • Cutting out sugar helps clear up our skin allowing it to glow healthily.
  • Studies show how sugar ages our cells and contributes to acne.
  • Adding gut nourishing foods which include vitamins, minerals and nutrients is important to optimising our gut health.
  • Eating fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and yoghurt is healthy for our gut, and our skin. Building a healthy gut foundation with specific supplements creates a solid base for healthy skin.
  • Staying hydrated is key for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – drinking water throughout the day will increase the density of our skin. In the long term, water revitalizes the skin from the inside out and leaves it looking noticeably refreshed.
  • Our skin needs fresh air, too. Fresh air isn’t just good for the soul. A long walk outside provides the body with the oxygen it needs. Our lungs take in the oxygen, as does 5% of our skin. This will improvise the firmness and radiance of our skin – opt for daily portions of fresh fruit, vegetables and up to 2 litres of water each day to reap the benefits, this also helps with your digestion.

Love your Gut comes in a powder and capsule format is an ideal way to achieve a healthy gut. Simply add 1-2 level tablespoons twice daily of the powder in your favourite smoothie, juice, yogurt, or any other meals for a gentle cleanse. And if you prefer capsule format then take 2 capsules twice a day with fresh water.

Combined with a balanced diet, Love Your Gut can help:

  • Anti – bloating
  • Known for improving digestion, waste removal and supporting nutrient absorption

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