Why Your Intestinal Health Rules Your Skin Health

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Yes, your gut really does rule whether or not you will have glowing skin.


Forget the creams, forget the serums—and let’s get serious for the next few mintues.


Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It’s externally facing, which means it’s the first place in your body that will show signs of wear and tear.


Think about it: when you are dehydrated, what does it take away from? Your skin’s plumpy, youthful appearance.


When you are sick, where does it show? Your skin tone. Sallow skin anyone?


So when something is seriously wrong with the way in which you are able to process food, where will it show? In your skin’s appearance and texture.


First things first, let’s talk about the relationship between the gut and the skin:

·      Your gut processes vitamins and nutrients that make their way into your cells

·      Your skin is made up of these tiny cells, and are filled with blood

·      When your blood and body are nutrient deficient, you will see a lack of vibrancy

·      When you have an infection in your bowels (like candida), you will see infections in your skin (like acne)

·      When you have a build up of toxic particles within your gut, you may see this show up in the form of eczema, psoriasis, and sometimes rosacea


Chris Kresser, who teaches about alternative medicine and holds M.S., L.Ac degrees, explains:

“The gut flora also influences the skin. Substance P is a neuropeptide produced in the gut, brain and skin that plays a major role in skin conditions. 

Altered gut microbiota promotes the release of substance P in both the gut and the skin, and probiotics can attenuate this response. The gut microbiota influences lipids and tissue fatty acid profiles, and may influence sebum production as well as the fatty acid composition of the sebum.

This may explain why a Russian study found that 54% of acne patients have significant alterations to the gut flora, and a Chinese study involving patients with seborrheic dermatitis also noted disruptions in the normal gut flora.”


So what can you do to improve your gut flora?

·     Avoid consuming coffee (and other acidic foods) on an empty stomach

·     Begin your day with blended greens (like Revive Me), they will help repair your intestinal lining

·     Consume natural probiotics found in whole foods (kimchi, yogurt with live cultures, and kefir)

·     Consume coconut oil in your beverages (think: bulletproof coffee). This will help kill any candida that’s lingering in your intestines and causing inflammation in your body.

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