Your gut! It’s such an important factor when it comes to your health. Which is why I’m always talking about it.
A sick gut doesn’t just cause digestive upset. It’s also associated with many other health concerns, such as emotional distress, obesity, frequent illnesses, metabolic dysfunction, and the topic of this article–inflammatory skin conditions.
The connection between the gut and brain, commonly referred to as the “gut-brain axis,” has been heavily researched and documented. It started in 1930 when two researchers, Pillsbury and Stokes, discovered that depression was linked to a change in the bacterial composition in the gut. And this alteration was further linked skin inflammation.
So the connection between the gut and skin isn’t entirely new. Plus, it’s well known that food allergies can cause skin rashes and hives. And eating foods such as dairy and processed carbs and sugar have been linked to acne.
Nevertheless, the concept of a “skin-gut axis” and related research is emerging to help us better understand the connection.
Similarities Between Your Gut & Skin
There are several similarities between your gut and skin.
Both play a significant role in keeping pathogens and toxins from entering your body.
Both are rich with blood vessels and nerves.
Both communicate with your immune, nervous, and endocrine (hormone) systems.
Both have (or should have) a diverse microbiome. And both microbiomes must work in harmony with their host (you) for optimal health and beautiful skin.
Your Gut Microbiome
Your gut is home to trillions of bacteria. In fact, your body is made up of more bacterial cells than human cells. Isn’t that crazy?! And a healthy gut microbiome is made up of hundreds or even thousands of different bacterial species.
Research is continuing to discover new roles that your gut microbiome plays. Some key roles that are well understood include digestion and nutrient absorption, vitamin synthesis, bowel regularity, and the development and workings of your immune system.
When it comes to your immune system, a healthy gut microbiome keeps “bad” bacteria at bay. In your gut as well as on your skin. It also stimulates your immune system and the production of anti-inflammatory molecules. And all of these events help fight against skin inflammation associated with conditions, such as atopic dermatitis (red, itchy skin), acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema.
A thriving gut flora also produces metabolites, byproducts, and neurotransmitters that can have anti-inflammatory effects, such as linoleic acid, short chain fatty acids, GABA, and serotonin. However, whether or not these products are synthesized relies heavily on the health of your gut flora as well as the foods you eat. For instance, are you giving your body the foods your gut bacteria need to produce these beneficial compounds?
On the other hand, research suggests inflammatory skin diseases are linked to dysbiosis–when your microbiome in your gut (or on your skin) is out of whack. For example, maybe you have too many of one species and not enough of another. Maybe your microbiome lacks diversity. Or maybe the bacteria that normally resides in your large intestine has migrated to your small intestine.
So what does this all mean? It means that healing your gut as well as protecting and nourishing your inner ecosystem are essential when it comes to healthy skin.
Your gut is the cornerstone of optimum health and vitality. Our products support and nurture your gut which can help give you robust immunity, hormonal balance, and dewy skin.