Now this is not a fool proof answer to clear skin, the human body is so different person to person, its one of the reasons I love what I do as much as I do! Everyday is so different and challenging
But the research going into gut health and gut acne is HUGE! I cant get enough of it…so here is what I have learned.
When I am doing a skin consultation I ask all kinds of questions that in the moment clients must be thinking “What does this personal question have to do with my skin?”
I do explain right out of the gate that I strongly believe our system is all connected and if you aren’t healthy or balanced inside you sure as hell wont be outside.
All the foods that we eat and everything we drink is run through the digestive system, from those foods and drinks our body takes all the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids and uses them to build new skin, hair, nails, muscles and keeps your bones strong…so it only makes sense that if you are adding processed foods, not enough protein, veggies, fruit and water (or not a significant source of anything our bodies need to be well) will cause spikes in blood sugar level, which causes inflammation, therefore you see that inflammation and toxins from the preservatives show up on the surface of the skin, because your body has to be rid of it somehow (and In most cases people with adult acne or teens who aren’t eating properly, aren’t drinking lots of water, and are stressed out, usually aren’t having regular bowel movements either) Ill say it again, your body will find a way to remove these toxins and it will show up on your skin.
So what can you do about it? Food prep so you can eat well and still function in your busy world, make a point of picking up that water bottle, take supplements such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Omega’s, avoid inflammatory foods such as, cows milk, sugar, alcohol, and large amounts of gluten daily, Have a good home skin regimen, and protect your skin from UV damage and free radicals. Keep in mind life is all about balance, don’t just stop eating all of those things completely so you cant eat that cookie your teen daughter is so proud she made and gives you one to oh and aw over! Live your life, the best life, and the best life is a healthy one!
Stress…the next topic related to your gut health and gut skin issues. How can you not have stress? that’s impossible, but there are things to do to help deal with it and make it more manageable. Try working out, doesn’t have to hard core, even if taking a walk is all you have the energy or time for, being active in a good way releases endorphins (Happy Hormone) into our system, opposite of Cortisol (Stress Hormone) released into our system causes us to go into “fight or flight” mode, its very hard on our body because with it we also release two other stress hormones, adrenaline being one, we all know what it feels like after a adrenaline rush…your pretty tired and feel very drained right? Imagine what’s happening internally to our system hormonally! throwing all our bodies naturally levels way out of whack!
Are your Hormones out of whack? Having your hormones checked at the natural path is a great thing to do even if you aren’t struggling with a skin condition, even if you have really bad PMS, monthly cycles, or irregular cycles. Making sure you aren’t producing more Estrogen or to much Progesterone is really important as we age so our body stays in balance and we have what we need to feel well!
Foods to eat for your gut and skin health…Spinach has antioxidant abilities, Vitamins C, E, and A are especially good for the skin.
Red bell peppers help to increase circulation to your skin, helping it look more youthful and fight acne.
Coconut oil is full of fatty acids, and Vitamin E, which are perfect for keeping your skin soft and moist.
Green Tea help relax the body and lower stress levels.
Celery contains Vitamin K, which promotes healthy blood circulation, reducing high blood pressure, in turn lowering your stress level.
Carrots are especially good for clearing break outs. Carrots are rich in Vitamin A, they help with over productions of skin cells in the outer layer (Epidermis) of the skin.
I hope this has helped you as much as it has helped me!
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