Understanding that what happens inside our body impacts our skin isn’t new news. I’ve said it so many times and it’s something I share with all my clients. If you’ve got good stuff happening inside your skin is strong, youthful and glows beautifully. If the opposite is happening inside your body, then you can expect acne breakouts, uneven skin texture or perhaps an early sign of skin cancer. When you think about what’s happening inside your body, something key to consider is your gut health and how your gut can influence the state of your skin. The connection is so important that it even has a name – gut-skin axis. Read on to find out more.
Our gut houses a collection of bacteria in the intestines to help with digestion, various bodily functions, and even our immune system. But recently studies have shown that the gut is thought to play a key role affecting our skin.
A great example of this is Psoriasis. We haven’t yet found a definitive cure for it but scientists hace theorised that gut health and overall balance is an influencing factor to the severity of this skin condition.
The same also can be said for acne, where patients suffering from recurrent acne breakouts (acne vulgaris) have similar symptoms to people suffering from intestinal dysbiosis (a disordered gut), imbalances in stomach acid and the ratio of good and bad bacteria, and digestive issues. Incidentally, they also share the same solution: the use of antibiotics and probiotics to clear up the issue.
Countless studies have shown that using probiotics (either in supplement form or via of food) can help improve skin issues. Of particular note is the use of lactobacillus which is proving significnatly beneficial in healing the issue. While scientists can not say with 100% certainty that imbalance within your gut directly affect the skin, an inbalanced gut affects your immune system, and this translates to skin disorders.
This applies to other skin issues such as rosacea. In fact, a study from the World Journal of Dermatology tells us that rosacea is linked to H.pylori, a bacteria commonly found in digestive issues (such as GERD) seriously ruining the imbalance of the gut flora and affecting the gut environment.
The study of the gut-skin axis is still in infancy (although looking through the results I personally think the results are rather promising) and while you can’t go ahead and blame all your skin issues on your gut, don’t rule it out just yet. In any case, it’s best to consult your skin specialist for advice and to see if your skin issues need a good dose of probiotics to improve your gut health.
I personally recommend a range from Regul8, the Digestive Tune Up that comes in three steps — Cleanse, Restore, and Maintain — to replenish and correct imbalances in your gut flora, as well as to maintain the gut health so they work optimally. Each step is formulated with respective ingredients, so the gut will get the nutrients correctly in each step per dosage, instead of having a whole of them together in one capsule.
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