You may have heard phrases like, “trust your gut” or “listen to what your gut is telling you”. But did you know that your gut health can affect the way your skin looks? More than 80 percent of your body’s immunity is located in your gut, which makes it a big deal for your overall health.1 This means it also affects your skin, which is your body’s largest organ.2
You may know that there are good and bad bacteria living in your gut right now. When the balance is off and the bad bacteria takes over, that is when you get sick or when your skin freaks out. This is because acne and other skin issues are actually inflammatory responses.1 Remember, that gut health isn’t the only cause of skin issues, but it is often connected. If you have a skin condition such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis or rosacea, it is usually a symptom of a larger issue within your body.2
Skin creams and prescriptions can often help skin issues, but if they don’t heal the underlying issue, you may continue to struggle. Here are some ways to tell if your gut health is impacting your skin problems:
Head to your doctor and get some lab tests. Ask for a stool test and an immunological blood test.2 Talk to your doctor and let them know all of your recurring symptoms and say you want to find out if your gut health is impacting your skin issues.
Avoid any foods that irritate your stomach. If you are unsure if you are intolerant or allergic to any foods, try eliminating them from your diet for a while and re-introducing them to see how you feel. Remember that processed foods, sugar, gluten and dairy have been known to cause acne and other skin issues.1 Focus on vegetables, fruits, healthy proteins and fats in your diet and make sure you drink enough water so your skin stays hydrated as well.
Try some foods that have been shown to help repair your gut. Try bone broth, fermented vegetables like sauerkraut, kefir, Swedish bitters, coconut oil and fermented cod liver oil.2 You can also try taking a probiotic to help your body produce more good bacteria.1 Ask your doctor for a probiotic that will work best for you.
Remember that your body and skin may take time to heal, especially if you’ve had an unhealthy diet for many years. It may take a month or longer.1 Ask your doctor any specific questions you might have.
Did you know that your gut health can affect your skin? Do you think you might have gut health issues in relation to your skin issues? What skin issues are you dealing with? Share with us below!
1 – Information from Women’s Health
2 – Information from MindBodyGreen