By: Dr. Revée “Ray” Barbour, ND MS
Skin health is deeper than what we see on the surface. Our skin shares many secrets about what’s happening inside our bodies. One of the biggest influences on skin health and appearance is the gastrointestinal tract/gut. In fact, many skin conditions often are triggered by issues or imbalances beginning in our guts.
Below highlights a few ways gut health is connected with our skin:
1. Eliminates toxins and waste
One of the biggest jobs of our gut is to eliminate waste and toxins from the body. Daily bowel movements are akin to taking out the “trash” from our bodies, and is crucial for supporting healthy skin. Healthy guts typically pass 1-2 stools daily for proper balance. Constipation or irregular bowel movements can lead to toxin build-up and cause skin blemishes, oily or dull-looking skin.
2. Hosts the microbiome
The gut microbiome is comprised of trillions of health-promoting microbes (i.e. bacteria, fungi, viruses) that work together to manage gut function. Our skin also shares this microbiome. When our microbiome becomes altered or dysfunctional, other abnormal microbes like parasites, harmful bacteria and yeast can overgrow and cause internal damage. This internal injury can distill outward and affect the skin. That’s why most people with problematic skin conditions like acne, rosacea, eczema, and similar usually have to support their gut-skin microbiomes with fermented foods, probiotics and prebiotics to fully heal their skin. A robust and diverse microbiome results in healthier skin.
3. Makes and absorbs vital nutrients
Did you know your gut makes its own vitamins and nutrients? Amazing right?! Our gut produces various nutrients that support our skin health, including B-vitamins, from the microbes comprising the microbiome. Additional nutrients are absorbed by the gut from the foods we eat. Without these vital nutrients, nutritional deficiencies can occur and negatively impact our skin health and general wellness.
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