Effortlessly beautiful skin for life depends more upon what happens from the inside than what we do to the skin from the outside. Dermatological problems like chronic itching, acne, eczema, rashes, psoriasis and dermatitis are signs of problems related to impaired digestion and a preponderance of unwanted bacterial communities. Its true:
Healing your skin means healing your gut.
The associations between gut disorders and skin conditions is very clear. The inflammation from a leaky gut is at the root of it. In fact, both stress and inflammation together impair the dermal barrier of your skin which increases the severity of infection and ups the inflammation factor at the skin layer. Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought you were looking 'puffy"?
And what about the state of your flora? Your gut houses a 2 pound colony of bacteria which ranges from having a healthy variety of friendly species, or, if you are like most Americans, your bacteria are trending towards an overgrowth of unwanted and harmful strains. This problem is one of eating the standard diet of processed foods combined with our exposure to toxins like pesticides, antibiotics, antibacterial soaps, and prescription drugs. Several studies show that ingesting probiotics feeds the good bacteria and improves skin conditions, providing solid evidence that the skin and the gut are intimately connected.
But here's the catch, taking probiotics from pills is not enough to restore diversity in your microbiome. If you really want to get the job done quickly to avoid further tummy trouble, you need to factor in multiple sources and strains of probiotics including food-based ferments as well as making your inner terrain supportive of recolonization. I'll cover these topics in my next blog. Stay tuned!!!
I'd love to hear from you now....have you found the connection between your gut health and your skin? I invite you to leave your comments below.