Did You Know: Skin Issues CAN Be Related to Gut Health
There are many issues with our skin we all may deal with- some simple and easily fixed, some a bit more drastic and requiring extra treatment, but did you know some very common skin issues can be caused by your GUT HEALTH?! We have learned a lot of this from Alex Caspero’s article in Skin Deep magazine, and we want to share this interesting info with you all!
An unhealthy gut can negatively impact the skin through what is known as the “gut-skin axis”- a real medical term! Conditions like acne, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea can all be caused or affected by one’s gut health. Studies have found that a high number of patients with rosacea also had a gut condition called small intestine bacterial overgrowth. When treating ONLY the SIBO of these patients, 70 percent saw an improvement in rosacea.
Inflammatory bowel disease has also scientifically been found to be associated with skin conditions like psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, rosacea, and others like them. Both IBD and these skin conditions have similar inflammatory pathways that may begin in the gut. Damaged gut health with imbalances in gut bacteria has also often been linked to a higher prevalence of acne.
When researching gut health and how it affects your body, just recognize the word of the day: inflammation. Imbalances of the gut microbiome is known as dysbiosis and it can negatively impact the immune system as well as increasing skin inflammation. Of course there are good bacteria throughout the entire body, but in the gut when the bad outweigh the good, pathways into the body that are regulated by gut bacteria are disrupted, and naturally, this will also cause inflammation.
So. How do we prevent bad gut health to better prevent skin issues and other health issues that can result from it? Cut down on the processed foods, sugar, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners, get some more sleep, and relax! These simple small changes can benefit your gut-skin axis more than you might think! A more fiber-rich diet with nutritious plant-based foods can work wonders for your gut health as well! Probiotics are vital to optimal gut health as well on occasion to balance bacteria in it and restore the skin’s health. Probiotics help boost the immune system, reduce oxidative stress, and reduce inflammation, which will show through with your skin! Prebiotics in prebiotic foods are food for those probiotics, and with the combination of the two, the skin will thrive!
We hope you learned something new about the gut-skin axis and how your gut health and what goes into it can affect and determine your skin’s health and problems that may occur with the skin! We always encourage research on these topics and consulting with your doctor if any problem is drastic, but as for unsolvable skin problems and diseases like the aforementioned, improving your gut health just might help the problem!
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