Gut Health = Skin Health

gut health

Your skin is your largest organ in your body and what you should know is when the gut is healthy, skin is healthy! Furthermore, if your digestive system is healthy then your whole body is healthy.

So how do you create a healthy gut?

  1.  By choosing good, easily digested, healthy food such as fruits, steamed or sautéed veggies, soups, smoothies and raw foods.
  2. Having a cleansing regime for your gut which can be as simply as one day water fasting or intermittent fasting e.g. only eat between 12 noon and 8pm

Acne, facial redness, eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, and rosacea are all skin conditions which can have the same root cause; poor gut health and gut function. So it makes sense that gut health is fundamental to having clear, glowing skin! 

The gut’s job is absorbing nutrients, housing both helpful and harmful bacteria and exerting waste. Making improvements to the digestive system has been proven to improve skin health, immune function, your mood and energy levels.

We are what we absorb

I usually say ‘you are what you eat’ but it’s much more accurate to say ‘you are what you absorb.’  The gut’s primary role is to absorb nutrients from your food that your body needs for growth, repair and normal functioning.  When your gut doesn’t absorb enough nutrients, your body will prioritise which organs get the few nutrients that are available and our hair, nails and skin are usually the first to suffer from this. 

First step in healing your gut

Make sure you are eating a variety of coloured plant foods. Fruits and vegetables containing nutrients and antioxidants should make up the foundation of your diet. Other foods to think about are whole grains, nuts, seeds and fish.

How to help your digestion

  1.  Chew your food
  2.  Limit drinks around meals as this dilutes stomach acid and can impair digestion
  3.  Ensure you are relaxed and not stressed

Good and Bad Bugs

Gut bacteria has a massive influence on the health of your body and especially the health of your skin. Bad gut bacteria is usually the cause of ‘leaky gut syndrome’ and it thought to be caused by alcohol, gluten, dairy produce and food additives.  

Taking a high quality probiotic and eating probiotic rich foods is the best way to improve your gut bacteria ratio. Foods like kefir, sauerkraut, coleslaw and natural yogurt can all help get more healthy gut bacteria.

What you should avoid taking

Gluten, alcohol, refined sugars and processed foods all contribute to gut damage and body inflammation and should be avoided to help heal your gut and your skin.

Keep things moving

The main job of the lower gut is to excrete substances that the body doesn’t need. Ideally you should be using your bowels at least once a day to ensure waste products don’t sit in the body too long. If waste is left in the lower bowel, the body can reabsorb some.  These reabsorbed substances can then be excreted through the skin which we know will result in skin problems. So fibre and fluids are the two things needed to keep waste moving out of the body. A diet high in fibre is important for the removal of waste and unneeded hormones. Fibre also helps to feed your gut’s good bacteria and to control blood sugar levels – all of which will have an effect on the health of your skin.

6 tips for digestive healthy for glowing skin:

  •     drink lemon juice in a small amount of water before each meal
  •     Chew Your Food!
  •     Eat probiotic foods such as coleslaw or take a good quality probiotic supplement
  •     Avoid processed foods, refined sugars, alcohol, gluten or dairy
  •     Eat a high fibre diet including fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds
  •     Feed your skin with nutrient rich natural skincare for glowing, clear skin