How does Gut Health Influence the Appearance of your Skin?


Is your gut your best friend?

Your skin will be the first part of the body to react when your gut experiences any issues. Trust me when I say your gut influences your skin, it has a huge impact on your skin. Many researchers have proven scientifically that the digestive system also influences your immune system. As we know, when it comes to skin people scramble all over chemicals like serums, moisturisers etc. But in addition to these external applicants you will have to understand what is going on inside your body. Let’s understand the science that can give you effective solutions.

Simply put, gut is the house where your body makes nutrients and metabolises hormones, besides forming detoxifying enzymes. So to have healthy and glowing skin, digestive health is crucial. Two important regulators for gut-skin health are gut microbiome and probiotics.

According to Oates and Snyder “Gut is just not one thing – its a complex colony”.

Understanding your Gut better

In general, the skin flares up with acne, eczema and rosacea if your gut isn’t functioning right. When there is gut inflammation your skin will also show up inflammation in the form of bright-red bumps, rashes or breakouts. Most of us having acne issues are likely to have poor gut/stomach health. Also, when you notice your skin is dehydrated and loosing the elasticity, that’s a sign of gut imbalances which leads to ageing. You can try adding probiotics to your diet on a daily basis. Avoiding dairy is also a suggestion, at least till your gut-health is restored. Studies say, reactions with Gut-skin are not spot on. All you need to understand is eating clean and right helps your skin health get better through years.

Sleep Cycle Effects Gut Health

Your sleep cycle should last for a minimum of eight hours to maintain gut and overall health. When you are in a deficit of sleep, your gut microbiome gets affected releasing toxins which can cause inflammations or flaky dry skin. Serotonin – the famous feel good hormone gets affected when your sleep cycle is interrupted, as 90% of serotonin is produced in your gut lack of sleep can collapse the entire functioning which leads to gut imbalances showing bad skin. 

Probiotic Supplements

Probiotics are “live microorganisms”, which when taken in adequate amounts can positively affect health. It is always recommended to get these probiotics through natural foods but you can also opt for supplements in case of unavailability of food. Two frequently used bacterial supplements can be from Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium genera. As each person has different probiotic tolerance levels it is tough with supplements to understand and react accordingly, so it is always best to add probiotic and prebiotic fermented rich food directly in your diet. Also filling up your plate and body with fibre-rich fruits, vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats and lacto-fermented wholefoods can help the microdiversity and gut microbiome which lead to optimal gut health and eventually skin health.

Probiotics on Acne

As studies say, probiotics help in suppressing propionibacterium acnes (P.acnes), the bacteria that is responsible for acne breakouts. They do this by secreting antibacterial protein making the acne even worse. By consuming flaxseeds, oats , chia seeds and lactobacillus supplements you can start seeing the change by gradually increasing skin hydration and elasticity after couple of weeks and not allowing the infection to form on the epidermal layers of your skin.

How to Maintain Gut Health

As most of you may not aware of the right way to balance your gut, the following tips can bring a change in the simplest ways.

  • Start your day with at least two glasses of lukewarm water preferably with anti-inflammatory foods like adding turmeric/cumin seeds/ginger.
  • Avoid artificial sweetners – this can worsen your gut health and promotes ageing soon.
  • Add fiber rich foods like whole grains and greens.
  • Add polyphenols (onions, broccoli, green tea, almonds) to your diet as it helps to regulate digestive acids all through your stomach lining maintaining the gut health.
  • Bananas and melons are rich in prebiotics and good for skin health.

The easiest way to keep your digestive system in check is to eat homemade food including lots of freshly cooked vegetables in healthy oils and hydrate with lots of water. This is the first thing that leads to glowing skin.

Making lifestyle changes can be really tough and challenging for many but only when you start understanding the core reason for your concerns, the right change will come.

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