Skin health begins with gut health

So you’ve heard probiotics are great for your gut health and wellbeing but how do they contribute to healthy, glowing skin?

Our gut is where the seeds for health and wellbeing are planted! It houses around 70% of our entire immune system so it makes sense that it is the place where skin health originates.

Symptoms of gut health disfunction are many and varied including but not limited to hormonal imbalance, bloating, sluggishness and skin issues.

The skin is an incredible barometer for what is going on inside the gut with imbalances showing up as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea and acne. Additionally lacklustre, dull and tired looking skin can also be improved through a focus on improving gut health. Most people think of probiotics in the context of gut health and digestion but they also play a vital role in our skin health!

Probiotics (otherwise known as good bacteria) facilitate health functions like the production of serotonin (enabling our feeling of wellness and happiness), assist digestion and they increase our resistance to illness and infection. Foods such as kimchi, yogurt and kombucha are popular sources of probiotics. In absence of these foods in your diet, a daily probiotic supplement is an easy substitute.

When it comes to skin care, probiotics optimize the healing benefits of our skins good bacteria, reduce inflammation, stimulate the skins immune system, prevent collagen damage and most importantly keep the skins microbiome in balance

There are plenty of things to get your gut health back on track, and in turn, maintain a healthy glowing skin. These include:

» Drink more water, at least eight glasses a day.

» Avoid sugar as it feeds non-beneficial bacteria in the gut that creates toxins.

» Include fibre in your diet to aid the excretion process. If substances are left stored in the body for too long, the skin will be left to excrete what it can, leading to skin problems.

» Exercise will help speed up body functions and help your organs, including your skin, to operate at an optimum level.

» Reduce alcohol as it can be harmful to the level of good gut bacteria.

» Swap coffee for herbal teas like green tea. It is rich in antioxidants, aids sleep and is useful in reducing inflammation.

» Make sure you include probiotics in your diet, either through food or a supplement. We recommend Regul8 prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes and can assist you in what you need for your skin health goals