I have heard on more than one occasion that the relationship between your gut and your skin is more significant than you might believe. I decided to do some research on the topic to learn more, and in doing so I came across some valuable information I thought I would share here on my blog.
According to an article on bodyecology.com, the affiliation between the gut and the skin is actually irrefutable. Apparently many dermatologists inform their patients that the gut and the skin are intertwined when it comes to skin issues, and acne and indigestion, therefore, go hand in hand.
Fermented foods can make a tremendous difference in terms of your stomach health, and slowly incorporating them into your diet is an effective way to begin detoxifying the gut. Helpful bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, which is commonly evident in fermented foods, can help heal intestinal permeability. Fermented foods can have the power to heal gut mucous (gross, I know), and foods high in probiotics can help to maintain healthy skin. However, it is important to speak with a physician prior to beginning consuming fermented foods because they can cause more harm than good depending on how badly the gut is damaged.
According to the bodyecology article, it was proven in the 1930s by physicians that beneficial bacteria can help to improve inflammatory skin conditions, can aid in improving psychological symptoms and disorders, and further that the overall health of the gut, the brain, and the skin are all related.
I was told by a Naturopath that the reason I am suffering from acne now more than ever is due to damage to my gut that occurred throughout my eating disorder. She further explained to me that I am likely consuming a food daily that my body is intolerant to, which is also causing my skin to breakout.
Who knew the gut and skin were so closely related?
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