Common skin conditions related to gut health. In addition to being the largest organ in your body, your skin is a useful organ in determining your overall health. As a naturopath, I believe that “beauty begins in the gut”. When you are internally healthy, your skin radiates a natural glow.
A complex ecosystem of around 300 to 500 types of bacteria lives in your intestines. Together with other tiny organisms such as viruses and fungi, they form what is known as the microbiome. Your microbiome plays a key role in the digestion of the foods you eat. It helps with the absorption and synthesis of nutrients, supports a healthy immune system, mood and general wellbeing. With this in mind, the importance of taking care of your digestive system is definitely not to be underestimated.
Skin conditions like acne, eczema, and rosacea can indicate an imbalance in your microbiome. Stress, processed foods, antibiotics, alcohol, and sugar can compromise good bacteria and feed the pathogenic bacteria. When the balance of microbes in the intestine is disturbed, inflammation, digestive disorders and absorption disorders quickly develop.
Common skin conditions related to gut health
Unfortunately, acne can be a complex skin condition that needs treatment as the underlying causes can be either hormonal, digestive, or both. For people with acne, it can be beneficial to be dairy-free. Whey and casein, the proteins in milk, stimulate growth and hormones in calves and in us when we drink their milk. When we digest these proteins, they release an insulin-like hormone called IGF-1. This hormone is known to trigger breakouts.
Lactose is the natural sugar in milk. After infancy, it becomes more difficult for humans to break down and digest lactose. If you are lactose intolerant, your acne-related outbreak may be due to lactose sensitivity.
Eczema – or atopic dermatitis – is a skin condition characterized by itchy, inflamed skin. Although the causes are unknown, it has been linked to asthma, hay fever, and food allergies. Eczema also appears to be linked to the microbiome, and research shows that prebiotics (high fiber foods that feed our gut bacteria) might be helpful in preventing and relieving eczema.
To keep symptoms at bay, it's important to avoid trigger foods, which may include gluten, dairy, corn, or soy, and to introduce a diverse and balanced microbiome.
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects the central part of the face. Symptoms vary, with some people experiencing facial flushing or flushing (flushing). Many people who suffer from rosacea also report GI disorders. Of 113 patients with rosacea, 52 were positive when tested for SIBO. (Overgrowth of small intestine bacteria).
Again, microbial diversity plays a role in keeping symptoms in check. So take care of your tummy and avoid potential triggers like caffeine, alcohol, and spicy and high histamine foods that are known to make rosacea worse.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease (which means that the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own tissues and causes an inflammatory response). In psoriasis, this reaction causes the production of skin cells to go into high gear. Excess skin cells build up in spots called plaques. Plaques are usually red, scaly, and crispy. The microbes living in the gut play a key role in keeping the immune system in order and telling it when and when not to attack. Some microbes appear to promote inflammation while others suppress it.
People with psoriasis tend to have fewer anti-inflammatory bacteria and more anti-inflammatory bacteria. Research suggests that introducing “good” bacteria can help restore the balance between anti-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory bacteria in the gut. Stress and emotional upset can make psoriasis worse. So, incorporate meditation and deep breathing into your daily routine to keep symptoms under control. Try our organic herbal tea to support the adrenal glands.
Keratosis Pilaris (KP)
Keratosis pilaris, or KP, is a buildup of keratin and dead skin cells in the hair follicles that cause them to bulge, become irritated, and inflamed, and give your skin a bumpy texture. Typically, KP appears on the back of your arms, on the front of your thighs, but it can also appear on your face (especially your cheeks). The cause is unknown, but research suggests that our gut health may be a factor, with KP being related to a highly inflammatory disease. Essential fatty acids are important in fighting skin inflammation and are found in fatty fish such as sardines and mackerel, avocados, nuts, and seeds. Eliminating certain foods that contribute to inflammation (such as gluten, dairy products, soy, processed fats).
Well friendly diet
- Eat foods that are high in prebiotics. Prebiotics encourage the growth of friendly bacteria. These include indigestible food substances in dandelion greens, asparagus, garlic, artichokes, leeks, onions, as well as foods high in soluble fiber.
- Eat foods rich in probiotics like sauerkraut, kefir, and yogurt.
- A dash of lemon juice before all meals can be a good digestive aid.
- Avoid foods that you are intolerant to. Gluten, milk, cron, and soy sensitivities are common, so these types of foods are likely best avoided or reduced.
- Bone broths are rich in minerals and other essential nutrients and are great for healing the intestinal lining. Consume regularly.
- Avoid refined foods and sugars; they feed the bad bacteria.
- Try our digestive aid herbal tea to help support digestive system health.
Please check with your doctor before making changes to your diet.
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