When your skin is feeling a bit blah, or that pesky pimple pops up right before that upcoming special event *internal scream*, do you reach for all the topical treatments you can find? Well, it’s time to rain check that thought.
Did you know that your skin is actually extremely sensitive to what’s going on inside your gut, so if you’re suffering from the odd blemish or dry, irritated skin more often than you’d like, you may need to take a look at your inner beauty routine instead.
Known as the gut-skin axis, your skin and digestive system are inextricably linked and in constant communication with the world around and inside you. Therefore, it’s important to turn your attention inwards when you're having those less-than-perfect skin days (or weeks).
By promoting healthy digestion, you can impact everything from your mood and metabolism, to your complexion and skin firmness. So, how exactly do you improve your gut health? Let’s get into it!
1. Introduce Pro and Prebiotics
To correct any imbalances between gut microbes, you need to focus on adding good bacteria into your gut through probiotics. When looking at probiotic supplements, it’s easy to get confused with the many options available! Try to look for one that contains around 30 billion colony forming units (CFUs) and a blend of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium sp. The more strains the better we say, and try to include as many naturally occurring probiotic rich foods good for gut health such as coconut kefir, kefir water, sauerkraut, miso soup, and our Life Elixir which is one of the only live and raw superfoods that contain organic and naturally occurring pre and probiotics, in order to out-number the bad bacteria that is wreaking havoc on the internal flora balance! The benefits of a healthier gut are also a happier mind, less weight gain, bloat and stronger immunity!
It is essential to feed those good bacteria with prebiotics, which will enable them to flourish and grow. Prebiotics are classified as most vegetables, as well as fermented foods like pickled vegetables, kombucha, onion, asparagus, and garlic.
2. Clean Up Your Diet
Poor diet and intolerance can also contribute towards adult acne. If you experience small red pimples or whiteheads, this is generally due to food reactions, while large pimples and acne reflect hormonal imbalances.
Cleaning your gut and improving your gut health and skin involves removing pro-inflammatory foods that feed acne and pigment, such as gluten, trans fats, dairy, sugar and excess meat. Highly triggering for belly and skin.
Having a diet full of foods high in antioxidants including vitamin C and E, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and zinc is important in keeping your skin inflammation-free. Also, it’s a good idea to top up on anti-inflammatory spices such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne. Our GLOW formulas have been scientifically designed to target skin and gut health as they are jam packed with anti-aging, anti-inflammatory antioxidants and hydrolysed marine collagen peptides, that are clean, pure and highly bio-active. Meaning real results you can see and feel!
3. Manage Stress
When you’re stressed, your body releases a hormone called cortisol. This can be detrimental to your blood-sugar levels, immune system, metabolism and inflammation, all aspects which can influence your skin's healthy balance. Therefore, being able to manage your stress levels will help you to control your inflammatory response and subsequently, any skin related issues.
Meditation, yoga, herbal medicines and nutritional supplements can all help to reduce and control your cortisol levels. Our CALM Elixir is a unique adaptogen blend of medicinal mushrooms that are proven to help reduce stress, improve sleep, memory, cognition and overall well-being. Keep CALM and jump on that shroom boom, we promise you will never look back!
Vitamin B3 and zinc can also help regulate cortisol levels in your body, as well as overall health. Maintaining a sense of calm and wellness is something that takes practice, however if you find what works best for you, your skin will be thanking you later.
Your skin often faces (mind the pun) the resulting effects of an under-functioning liver, as toxins are eliminated via the skin, resulting in skin conditions such as acne and pimples. Providing your body the chance to reset and remove all the bad stuff is important to maintaining healthy skin and lifelong health. Our DETOX Life Elixir contains the highest known natural source of vitamins, flavonoids, minerals, antioxidants, free amino acids, anti-histamines, essential fatty acids and digestive enzymes. Make it your daily essential during your cleanse to help resolve poor gut health, chronic inflammation, and beat premature aging.
Our 12 Week Skin and Gut Healing Programme are designed by nutritionists and naturopaths to transform the skin, gut and mind in just 12 weeks. Enhanced with the use of the Reset and Radiate Nutritional Guide to maintain long term results.
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