If you've had ongoing gut troubles and skin problems, the two could actually be more closely linked than you might think. In this next blog I've explored the ways in which your gut health can affect your skin and how you can get it back on track.
In nutritional studies, the skin has long been viewed as an indicator of internal issues and possible bodily imbalance.1 In traditional Chinese medicine as well as Ayurveda, techniques such as face mapping have been used to analyse skin problems in relation to gut issues, indigestion and intolerances, often revealing underlying digestive issues.2 Natural health supplements designed to support digestive function can actually help to rebalance the gut and restore a healthy amount of good bacteria, which may in turn help to improve the skin and improve breakouts.
How does gut health affect skin?
Sometimes when problem skin conditions do not respond well to skin care treatments, the source of the issue may actually be in the gut.3 Gut problems and indigestion can actually affect the way your body retains the nutrients found in your diet, leading to poor absorption of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants needed to keep skin looking healthy and potentially worsening existing skin conditions.3
A healthy gut and digestive system can help improve these common skin conditions by ensuring nutrients are correctly absorbed, but what is a healthy gut? According to author and scientist Giulia Enders, the gut contains a wealth of good bacteria which needs to be supported properly in order to limit the growth of bad bacteria. Without this balance, our immune systems have to work harder in order to keep us healthy, so it's important to feed the good bacteria with probiotics and fermented foods to ensure healthy body function and general wellbeing.4
How to improve gut health
Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet rich in fibre is incredibly important in ensuring your gut stays healthy, as well as drinking plenty of water, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and trying to minimise everyday stress as much as possible.3 According to Lee Holmes, founder of Supercharged Food, there are a few other ways to ensure your gut stays healthy. Firstly, limit your desserts! Even if you're opting for raw, refined-sugar free options, the nuts found in many raw desserts can be too harsh on the gut and lead to pain and irritability. Lee also recommends limiting your consumption of milks, yoghurts and soups which can contain additives, thickeners, stabilisers and emulsifiers that cause excessive gas and bloating. Finally, cleanse the gut often by incorporating easy to digest foods into your diet.
According to Carla Oates, founder of The Beauty Chef, an upset digestive system can actually trigger or worsen acne, inflammation and rashes and can be caused by consuming too many processed foods, sugar or alcoholic drinks. To rebalance your gut health, try to limit your consumption of these to avoid overloading the gut. In addition, a supplement rich in vitamins, minerals and probiotics can help support digestive function.
Natural gut health supplements
Supercharged Food Love Your Gut Powder
Ideally taken daily, the Supercharged Food Love Your Gut Powder can help to gently sweep the gut of impurities and build-up through the cleansing properties of Diatomaceous Earth. Antibacterial and anti-fungal, this fine, tasteless powder can be added to your daily juice or smoothie to help clean out toxins in the digestive tract. The result of a cleaner digestive tract is that your digestive system can more easily absorb water and nutrients to help increase your energy levels. Diatomaceous Earth also has the added benefit of being high in Iron, which can help fight tiredness and fatigue.
The Beauty Chef BODY Powder Vanilla
Another great addition to your morning smoothie, the The Beauty Chef BODY Powder Vanilla contains a delicious blend of plant proteins, Matcha Green Tea, alkalising greens and antioxidant rich fruit and veggies to help boost your metabolism and promote healthy digestive function. With high levels of Vitamins C, K and D as well as fibre and pre and probiotics, this vegan supplement helps to bring the body back into balance by delivering essential nutrients and assisting healthy gut bacteria. With a light vanilla taste from Organic Vanilla Bean, I love adding one to two scoops to my smoothie, porridge or muesli in the mornings to give me a boost of energy and help balance my appetite.
Edible Beauty Tea No. 1 - Green Goddess Detox
A cleansing, detoxifying and energising pick-me-up, the Edible Beauty Tea No. 1 - Green Goddess Detox contains St Mary's Thistle, Schizandra and Dandelion Root know to help removing toxins. Schizandra is deeply calming, to help you fight back against stress. Designed to aid metabolism and relieve discomfort, this delicious blend will rehydrate you after a night's sleep and get you ready to face whatever the day has to throw at you.
Earths Purities Repair From Within Organic Diatomaceous Earth
Super fine, organic and untreated, the Earths Purities Repair From Within Organic Diatomaceous Earth is designed to help cleanse and detoxify the body. Rich in Silica, a trace mineral needed in many body functions, Diatomaceous Earth is also known for its ability to internally cleanse the body and help remove heavy metals, harmful organisms and intestinal bacteria from the digestive tract. Add one tablespoon once or twice a day to water, juice or smoothies, ensuring you stay hydrated throughout the day.
Amazonia Raw Prebiotic Women's Multi
Specially formulated to support women's daily health, the Amazonia Raw Prebiotic Women's Multi contains a rich blend of gut-friendly wholefoods, prebiotics, herbs and fermented ingredients packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. With a superfood blend including Beetroot, Spirulina, Chlorella and Acai, this caffeine and gluten free supplement also contains prebiotic Jerusalem Artichoke Root Extract as well as nutrient-rich fermented seeds to promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut and boost digestion. Vegan, Certified Organic and soy free, mix 2 heaped teaspoons daily in water, almond milk, yoghurt or cereal to help support digestive health, prevent fatigue and promote physical wellbeing.
1Women's Health, 2Women's Health & Fitness, 3The Huffington Post, 4The Sydney Morning Herald.