Can Gut Health Affect Your Skin

Jan 23, 2024 | Blog, Body, Health, Nutrition, Skin Care

Your gut health can definitely affect your skin condition.

Here are the reasons why it is essential to support the health of your gut.

The “gut-skin axis” refers to all the connections between our skin and digestive system. It is a complex communication network between your gut microbiome and your skin.

The gut microbiomegut microbiota, or gut flora, are the microorganisms, including bacteria, archaea, fungi and viruses that live in the digestive tracks.

These microbes contribute to metabolic functions, protect against pathogens such as bacteria and viruses that cause illness and disease, as well as regulate the immune system and inflammatory conditions.

This interconnectedness plays a vital role in maintaining overall health and well-being, influencing everything from digestion and immunity, to the health and appearance of your skin.

Consuming an unhealthy diet can compromise the gut microbiome which in turn negatively affects the “gut-skin axis”. This can cause inflammatory skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, acne breakouts, damage collagen, accelerate wrinkles, and cause premature aging of the skin. In addition to indigestion, bloating, and other uncomfortable digestive symptoms and other inflammatory health conditions.

Following a healthy diet is crucial to maintain a healthy gut-skin axis.

Nourish The Gut Microbiome

Prebiotic Foods
Prebiotics are foods that act as food for human microbiome. High fibre foods act as prebiotics, feeding the good bacteria in your gut and promoting their growth. A diverse and thriving gut microbiome helps regulate digestion, produce beneficial nutrients, and combat harmful pathogens. This, in turn, reduces inflammation throughout the body, including the skin.

Probiotic Foods
Probiotics are foods that contain live microorganisms intended to maintain or improve the “good” bacteria. Live bacteria directly contribute to a healthy gut microbiome. Foods rich in probiotics include, live yogurt, kimchi, kefir, and kombucha. They can help improve digestion, boost immunity, and reduce inflammation, all of which benefit skin health

Anti-inflammatory Foods
A variety of colourful fruits and vegetables, rich in polyphenols exert their beneficial effects to support a healthy microbiome. In addition, they, along with spices like turmeric and ginger are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Eating these foods regularly help to combat chronic inflammation, which if neglected can manifest on the skin as conditions like acne, dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis.

Limiting Inflammatory Triggers
Processed foods, sugary drinks, refined carbohydrates, and excessive saturated and unhealthy fats can promote inflammation throughout the body, including the skin. Limiting your intake of these foods can help keep your microbiome and skin healthy.

Rest To Replenish & Recover
Allow your digestive system to rest which in turn will replenish and recover the gut microbiome. Rest to digest after eating a meal. Consider intermittent fasting. Allowing a window of time to eat, then a longer window of time to rest each day will greatly support the gut microbiome to replenish and recover. Consider a window of 10 hours to eat your meals, then 14 hours to rest to recover and replenish the gut microbiome.

By following a healthy diet rich in prebiotic fibre, probiotics, essential nutrients, and anti-inflammatory foods, you can provide your gut microbiome with the building blocks it needs to thrive.

Plan your meals to prioritise a healthy diet. By taking the time to nourish your gut microbiome the more you’ll see the benefits reflected in your overall skin health and wellbeing.

With a little effort, you can make significant strides towards improving your gut health and reaping the benefits of a healthy, radiant complexion.

Remember, diversity and consistency are key!

If you need a little inspiration then click here for healthy, tasty recipes.

‘Yoga & Vitality Recipes

Healthy Skin Starts Within

Nutrition influences skin health, integrity and tone. Well documented studies have shown that dietary changes can improve skin structure, reverse symptoms, and improve appearance. Choose your food types wisely to achieve a healthier skin complexion. Support your diet with supplements and vitamins to promote healthier skin.

Top Gut Health Diet Tips

With over 35+ years’ experience, The Emporium Treatment Clinic senior aesthetician and wellness advocate, Angela is here to provide some tips on how to help you keep your gut microbiome thriving and your skin healthy, radiant and youthful.

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1. Aim to eat 30 portions of different plant foods with a variety of colours each week to get a wide range of nutrients, antioxidants, polyphenols and fibre.

2. Ensure to eat a selection of proteins such as lentils, pulses and beans.

3. Choose whole grains over refined grains for added fibre and nutrients.

4. Include healthy fats in your diet, such as those found in avocados, nuts, and seeds.

5. Limit processed foods, refined carbohydrates, sugary foods, and unhealthy fats.

6. Don’t be afraid to experiment with fermented foods and probiotics.

7. Let your gut have the rest in needs to replenish.

8. Drink 8 glasses of water each day.

9. Chew your food thoroughly when you eat to support a healthy gut.

10. Support your diet with supplements such as pre/probiotics where appropriate.

For more healthy eating tips to support your gut-skin axis:

Click the link to read:

‘Healthy Skin Diet Do’s & Don’ts’

‘Why Are Meal Plans So Important’

‘Meal Planning Step By Step Guide’

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      Author: Angela Taffinder the founder of Emporium Treatment Clinic. A practising Aesthetician for 35+ years, holistic and wellbeing advocate and yoga instructor. The creator of Yoga & Vitality.

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