Healthy Skin Starts In The Gut
Is it any surprise that healthy skin starts in the gut?
Our gut health determines everything from how often we catch a cold to our susceptibility for depression, autoimmune conditions and beyond.
Skin conditions like acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis are typically a symptom of something else going on in the body.
I suffered from severe acne in my teenage years. My complexion was a source of intense insecurity for me and I skipped a LOT of school to avoid the nasty bullying that was dished out my way because of it. From soaps and lotions to creams, antibiotics and pills, there’s no shortage of products on the market for whatever skin problem you have.
But are they getting to the root of the problem? Most times, the answer is no.
Of all the skin specialists, doctors and dermatologists I saw over the years, not one of them ever asked a question about my diet or gut health.
Your gut system affects the health of your brain, and there’s also exciting research that’s examining the gut-skin axis and how the health of your microbiome will determine the health of your skin. Healthy skin starts in the gut, it really does.
Acne and many other skin conditions are at their most basic, inflammatory disorders of the autoimmune system.
For me, removing gluten, sugar and dairy completely (not this half arsed approach) was the turning point. Immediately I saw increased clarity and a decrease in the amount of giant zits. The more I continued to clean up my diet and focus on balancing my gut and supporting my liver, the better my skin got.
Ironically, the prescription drug Ro-Accutane which is given to people with severe acne puts enormous strain on your liver and it made mine extremely weak and unable to detoxify.
No surprise there really, considering that current research is showing that candida, leaky gut and dysbiosis are inherently linked and hiding behind skin conditions.
Using food to heal our skin is far cheaper than the multitude of appointments, pills and treatments one is usually recommended by a Dermatologist or Doctor.
We suggest working with a great Naturopath to figure out the underlying factors to your skin condition and addressing them with a functional medicine program which includes nourishing your gut and in turn your skin from the inside out.
Here are some of the foods that are incredibly supportive to the gut-skin axis-
Gelatin and Collagen Powders: Collagen and Gelatin are super powers when it comes to supporting elastic, supple and well hydrated skin that with stands the tests of time. If less wrinkles and sagginess are two things you would like to see, start adding these two ingredients to your diet on the daily.
Fermented vegetables: Sauerkraut and kimchee are great ways to provide your microbiome with beneficial probiotics.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Very effective in healing chronic infections and balancing low stomach acid production.
Kefir: Fermented dairy or coconut drinks like kefir are rich in the beneficial probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus and have been shown to improve complexion over a period of 3 months.
Ghee: This nutrient-dense fat is a great source of skin-healing vitamins A, D and K2. It’s also a balanced and stable source fats for long lasting energy.
Coconut oil: Fats are essential to heal the gut-skin axis. This oil also has natural antimicrobial benefits. Coconut oil is also great to use on your skin as an all purpose salve and healing ointment. It's great to see the gorgeous Emmily Banks from Depths of Beauty advocating for beauty from within and the role high quality fats play in healthy, glowing skin. Depths of Beauty is your go-to for all your low tox, chemical free skin care and makeup information.
Frankincense Essential Oil: For topical use to help smooth out scarring, pigmentation and prevent pimples from surfacing. Add a drop to your favourite moisturiser or night serum.
It goes without saying that ditching white refined carb’s from your diet once and for all will do wonders for your gut AND your skin. We don’t need to tell you twice