HOW DOES YOUR GUT AFFECT YOUR SKIN?
One of the most compelling reasons to eat clean is the goal for healthier skin. We’re commonly questioned if food and nutrition have any effect on skin health and look.
In a word: YES!
THE GUT AND SKIN CONNECTION
The skin is the biggest organ in the body, and it, like the gut, is made up of numerous tiny, living microorganisms. These microorganisms fight off harmful bacteria and keep our body’s bacteria balanced, as well as maintaining our immunity and general health.
The skin, like the gut, has billions of bacteria that make up its unique microbiome. The skin and gut microbiomes work in a direct link known as the gut-skin axis. The gut-skin axis’s aim is to fight off any harmful germs that try to attack the body from the outside. But our microbiomes can only fight for our immunity and protect us from these bad guys if they have a healthy balance of bacteria and are healthy themselves.
Since the gut and the skin are so intrinsically linked, the gut-skin axis communicates to influence:
- Bad bacteria that might make us ill or negatively affect us
- Stress levels
- Blood sugar management
- Mood regulation
SIGN OF AN UNHAPPY GUT
An unhealthy gut can cause a variety of symptoms throughout the body. We’ll focus on the health and effects it may have on your skin, but we’ll also mention a few other warning signals.
- A queasy stomach. If you’re regularly bloated, have stomach pains, constipation, or other symptoms of IBS, consult your doctor. IBS is a common disorder that affects the large intestines and is caused by a digestive imbalance.
- Persistent exhaustion may also be an indication of gut microbiota abnormalities. IBS patients frequently experience fatigue.
- Unexpected weight gain or loss. Bacterial proliferation in the stomach has been associated to unexpected weight changes. High fat and carbohydrate diets may increase gut bacteria that disrupt the natural, healthy balance.
- Irritation of the skin. Last but not least, as previously said, an imbalance in your gut bacteria may have a detrimental impact on your skin. Common skin issues associated with an unhealthy gut include: eczema, dry skin, acne, skin sagging, and a breakdown of collagen…….
Highly noted* The relationship between the gut microbiome and the skin is an important topic in dermatology and gastroenterology. Environmental factors such as diet and psychological stress can influence the gut microbiome, which can directly or indirectly affect skin health. Probiotics supplements and consumption of probiotic foods should be considered as a therapeutic approach to address these concerns. Look after your gut microbiota and your skin will flourish.