Some people take more stock in their choices of skin care products to determine the future fate of their skin. While ingredients do matter in how they manage to protect, exfoliate, heal, and hydrate, they are only one part of the equation for the formula of a beautiful complexion. It is important to understand the gut skin connection internally to fully apprehend why and how it matters for health but also the appearance of the skin.
Most of us take notice when our skin acts up with problems such as rosacea, eczema, acne vulgaris, dryness, and psoriasis among a few other skin diseases without ever thinking of our gut microbiome and its 70 to 80 percent of trillions of bacteria, viruses, protozoans, and fungi. Yet, the gut and skin are equally dependent on each other to keep a healthy balance of that massive colony in line. When the gut microbiome suffers from inflammation, the entire body is affected ranging from physical ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis, digestion problems, gout to those unwanted changes to the skin.
The causes that could allow this internal gut chaos to happen can be from the wrong food choices, medications, products that you applied topically that could also include skin care products, makeup, fragrances, lotions to ones such as cleaning products, especially if gloveless. The chemicals of all those seep into the bloodstream and eventually end up in the microbiome, which all can alter hormone levels to cause inflammation and throwing off the skin’s pH.
I can’t stress enough the significance of reading product labels. It may take time, but researching ingredients before you give them access to your skin can mean the distinction between skin you love and that you hate. On the same note, become aware of expiration dates and discard old products. If there is no expiration date on the container or jar, tape the date you bought it and attach it to the product somewhere.
Keeping the right bacteria in good standing can be as simple as altering your diet slightly. Adding more fiber, the right kind of fat with omega-3 fatty acids, prebiotic and probiotic foods can give the skin a healthier running start to please the gut colony.
Instead of overly indulging with too many sugary treats to breads from simple carbohydrates, try opting for complex carbohydrates. Though you may hate a majority of vegetables or only prefer a few fruits, they are loaded with antioxidants that contribute such skin beauty for healing, protecting, and renewing it.
Something that shouldn’t be neglected is the value of drinking plenty of water for gut health. The reason this can better your skin is because of what it does in the lining of the intestines to keep the levels of good bacteria happy.
A lot of us prefer coffee to tea as the favorite beverage. However, matcha tea is a rock star for gorgeous skin due to all its potent prebiotics than other beverages, including green tea. Brimming with antioxidants, namely a catechin called EGCG for defending the skin against sun damage and with anti-aging benefits.
The gut skin connection is something real and something that needs to be taken seriously for improving the look of your skin and overall health.