Skin Health and the Microbiome Connection

Healthy, glowing skin does begin in the gut

I know it doesn’t sound very glamorous, but beautiful, glowing skin does in fact begin in your gut. So, before you think about think about buying the latest miracle cream or speed dialling your facialist, why not invest into improving your digestive health?

More and more studies are demonstrating a strong association between skin disorders and gut health, leading many to determine there is a gut-skin axis. Could keeping your gut healthy be the key to having flawless, radiant skin? Let’s find out.

So, what’s the connection?

The gut and the skin are bathed in millions of bacteria. Our bodies are crawling with bacteria – in your gut, mouth, skin, literally everywhere, and we know how important this is.

Everyone’s individual collection of bacteria is called their ‘microbiome’ and researchers are rapidly discovering how this bacteria is actually influencing everything from sleep to digestion to skin health and even moods. You can read more about your microbiome here.

Looking after your gut health is crucial to healthy glowing skin.

Improving your microbiome:

There are many ways to improve your gut microbiome to bring benefits to your skin, including:

  • Eat a diverse range of foods: This can lead to a diverse microbiome, which is an indicator of good gut health. In particular, vegetables contain lots of fibre and help to promote the growth of healthy bacteria.
  • Eat fermented foods: Fermented foods such as yoghurt, sauerkraut and kefir all contain healthy bacteria, mainly Lactobacilli, and can reduce the amount of disease-causing strains in the gut.
  • Limit your intake of artificial sweeteners: Some evidence has shown that artificial sweeteners like aspartame increase blood sugar by stimulating the growth of unhealthy bacteria like Enterobacteriaceae in the gut microbiome.
  • Eat prebiotic foods: Prebiotics are a type of fibre that stimulates the growth of healthy bacteria. Prebiotic rich foods include artichokes, bananas, asparagus, oats and apples. You can read more about prebiotics here and maybe even try my Broccoli & Artichoke Salad here.
  • Eat more plants: Diets high in plant based foods may help reduce levels of disease-causing bacteria such as E. coli, as well as inflammation and cholesterol.
  • Eat foods rich in polyphenols: Polyphenols are plant compounds found in red wine, green tea, dark chocolate, olive oil and whole grains. They are broken down by the microbiome to stimulate healthy bacterial growth.
  • Take a probiotic supplement: Probiotics are live bacteria that can help restore the gut to a healthy state after dysbiosis. They do this by “reseeding” it with healthy microbes.
  • Take antibiotics only when necessary: Antibiotics kill many bad and good bacteria in the gut microbiome, possibly contributing to antibiotic resistance. Thus, only take antibiotics when medically necessary.

If you want to consider mapping your microbiome, improving your gut function or improving the health of your skin, Please book a complimentary 15-minute chat here to discuss this further.

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