The Link Between Your Skin and Your Gut Health
We all know our body is comprised of organs that directly affect one another. But did you know that there is a link between your skin health, and your gut?
Good and bad bacteria live in your gut. Stress, antibiotics, and other factors tend to be the cause of wiping away the good bacteria and leaving only the bad bacteria behind to take over and multiply.
Another common way to alter your gut health is antibiotic overuse. Many Americans have access to antibiotics year-round, which makes it easy to use them to treat minor and major infections regularly.
It’s not always intentional but taking antibiotics too frequently can cause all your bacteria (good and bad) to be eliminated. This leaves the door wide open for other infections to take over. Antibiotics do take away the bad bacteria causing the issue, but now your existing good bacteria is also gone as well! So, with that being said, use antibiotics sparingly and only when you absolutely need to.
The bacteria that stems from your gut affects the rest of your body, and leads to inflammation internally and externally. When the bad bacteria escape your gut lining and travel to the rest of the body, they create inflammatory responses that eventually show on your skin — which is the acne or skin conditions you’re experiencing. When the good and bad bacteria in your gut are in harmony, your body and skin will flourish as well.
How Do You Know If You Have a Gut Problem?
If you have symptoms of indigestion frequently, you may want to get your gut examined. It’s good to keep a food diary and write down the foods that give you irritation and inflammation. You might think that your stomach ache is normal, but if it is a daily occurrence then you might be struggling with an imbalance of good and bad bacteria, and this could be directly affecting your skin health!
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Add These Essentials to Your Diet:
You’ve probably heard the phrase: “You are what you eat.” And that has never been so true!
It’s important to give your body the proper nutrients to flourish. Try adding some of these essentials to your diet:
Probiotics are crucial in order to replenish your body with the good bacteria. There are a variety of over-the-counter probiotics such as Florastor or Align. If you don’t want to supplement with capsules, there are a bunch of probiotic-rich foods such as greek yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso soup, etc. You can also grab a bottle of kombucha, which is loaded with probiotics!
A study that looked at the effect of Lactobacillus-fermented dairy beverage on acne found that the beverage reduced inflammatory acne by 40% and total pimple count by 23% compared to the placebo group.
Similar to Lactobacillus, B. coagulans has been shown to display immunoregulatory effects that could potentially impact the health of the skin. Oral ingestion of certain probiotic strains has been shown to improve the skin barrier and affect skin hydration and transepidermal water loss.
In addition, there are prebiotics for your probiotics that help them work better. These prebiotic foods which include artichoke, asparagus, leeks, garlic, onion, pumpkin, chia seeds, and bone broth!
Adding fiber to your diet is also commonly overlooked. When you’re striving to improve your gut health, add fiber in order to fuel your good bacteria growth and help your digestion tract get moving! Rich fiber foods include beans, broccoli, berries, avocados, whole grains, fruits, and more!