Understand the Relationship Between Gut Health and Glowing Skin

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Probiotics, Gut Health & Glowing Skin

Did you know there’s a close relationship between the health of your gut and the health of your skin? It is important to understand the relationship between gut health and glowing skin.ย  There are many different microorganisms, including bacteria, that reside in the gut and which are often simply referred to as “flora”. Balanced gastrointestinal (GI) flora provides support for the immune system, nutrient absorption, and removal of toxins from the body through regular healthy bowel movements. Combined, these processes help balance flora on the skin (yes, there’s flora on your skin!), which promotes clear and healthy skin.

What is a flora imbalance? When your body does not have enough “beneficial” bacteria, “harmful” gut bacteria can thrive and take over the gut environment. Flora imbalances can be caused by poor diet, illness, use of antibiotics, and stress.ย  Be sure to talk with your naturopathic doctor about how to keep your immune system healthy. All of those things show up in the health of the skin: how dry/oily it is, type and severity of acne, and risk for autoimmune-related skin disorders. Symptoms of imbalance can include persistent gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. To maintain or rebalance GI flora, consider adding probiotics to your diet.
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Probiotics are live microorganisms (in most cases, bacteria) that are similar to the beneficial microorganisms naturally found in the gut. There are many types of bacteria classified as probiotics. Among the many health benefits of probiotics are the following:

Boost the immune system by enhancing the production of antibodies
Support the synthesis of vitamins and other nutrients
Provide relief or treatment for constipation, diarrhea and other GI tract illness

When it comes to the skin, keeping the gut flora in balance helps organ systems (including the integumentary system) to efficiently absorb nutrients, strengthens the immune system, and helps clear toxins from the body

You can boost the presence of helpful GI flora by taking a probiotic supplement as well as eating fermented foods. There are many varieties of probiotics on the market –not all are created equal and some are better suited to different health needs. Your holistic health provider can advise you on the type of probiotic supplement that is best for your skincare concerns.

Resources

American Gastroenterological Association. “Probiotics: What They Are and What They Can Do for You.” Revised May 2013. Accessed 12 August 2021: https://www.gastro.org/patient-center/diet-medications/probiotics

Salem, Iman et al. “The Gut Microbiome as a Major Regulator of the Gut-Skin Axis.” Frontiers in microbiology (Jul. 2018) 9:1459. 10, doi:10.3389/fmicb.2018.01459 Accessed 12 August 2021: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6048199/

PiedmontHealth.org “Signs of Poor Gut Health.” Accessed 12 August: 2021https://www.piedmont.org/living-better/signs-of-poor-gut-health

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Kiani, L., “Bugs in our Gut: How Probiotics Keep Us Healthy.” Cambridge Scientific Abstracts- Discovery Guide. (2006). Accessed 12 August 2021: https://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.503.8094&rep=rep1&type=pdf

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