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Got a Gut Feeling About Your Skin? It May Be the Secret Weapon for Glowing Skin

Got a Gut Feeling About Your Skin? It May Be the Secret Weapon for Glowing Skin

By Hilary Metcalfe

For years, the saying "you are what you eat" has dominated conversations about health and well-being. But lately, science is revealing a fascinating twist: "you are what your gut bacteria eats!" 

Our skin, often seen as a separate entity, is deeply connected to the trillions of tiny residents living within our digestive system – the gut microbiome. This intricate relationship, known as the gut-skin axis, sheds light on why hormonal imbalances can manifest on our skin and how nurturing gut health can be the key to a radiant complexion.

The Gut Microbiome: The Maestro of Hormone Harmony

Imagine a bustling orchestra within your gut, with trillions of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms playing a vital role in your overall health. These residents don't just help with digestion; they also influence hormone regulation. Certain gut microbes act like conductors, influencing the production, breakdown, and elimination of hormones like oestrogen, cortisol, and thyroid hormones. When this delicate balance gets disrupted, hormonal imbalances can occur, potentially leading to skin concerns -the first place a hormone imbalance often appears.

But the influence runs both ways. Hormonal fluctuations, especially those related to oestrogen levels, can negatively impact gut health. This can lead to a "leaky gut" allowing waste into the bloodstream at its worst and weakening your most important defences! The results are increased inflammation, and definitely unwanted changes in the bacterial community. This inflammation and changes in the gut flora can lead to issues within the digestive tract (starting with gas and bloating) and beyond, affecting the immune system, mood, and hormone balance with skin issues like breakouts and dryness.

The Gut-Brain-Skin Chat: When Stress Makes Your Skin Act Up

Our gut, often nicknamed the "second brain," has a complex conversation happening with our actual brain. This "gut-brain chat" plays a significant role in mood, behaviour, and surprisingly, skin health. When stress disrupts this chat due to gut issues, it can lead to changes in stress hormones like cortisol. This hormonal surge can worsen skin conditions like acne, eczema, and rosacea. Think of it as the party getting out of control – not ideal for your skin's complexion!

Inflammation: The Unwanted Guest 

Chronic low-grade inflammation, often linked to an imbalanced gut party, is implicated in various hormonal imbalances and skin concerns. This unwanted guest can further disrupt hormone production, creating a vicious cycle and is the cause of most disease in the body. Addressing gut health becomes crucial to break this cycle, regaining your health and finding hormonal balance for healthy skin.

Taking Charge of Your Skin's Destiny: Strategies for a Thriving Gut Party

The good news is we can influence the gut party! Here are some ways to be the ultimate gut party host and promote healthy, glowing skin:

  • Fuel the Party with Good Food: Invite the good bacteria to your gut with a diet rich in plant prebiotics (insoluble fibre) think fruits, veggies, and whole grains and fermented foods like yoghurt and kimchi. These foods provide nourishment for the beneficial bacteria, keeping the party harmonious.
  • Probiotics: The Party Boosters: Probiotic supplements can help restore balance by introducing beneficial bacteria to your gut, strengthening the good guys and keeping the bad ones in check.
  • Internal Chill Area: Techniques like meditation and yoga can help regulate stress hormones that can negatively impact your gut and skin. When you de-stress, the gut party stays calm, leading to a calmer and healthier complexion.
  • Healthy Habits Keep the Party Going: Prioritise enough sleep and ditch inflammation-inducing factors like smoking, processed foods high in sugar and excessive alcohol. These habits create a healthier environment for your gut bacteria, promoting overall well-being that reflects on your skin.

The Science Behind the Beauty: Unveiling the Experts

Several brilliant minds are leading the way in understanding the gut-skin connection:

  • Dr. Emeran Mayer, a renowned gastroenterologist and neuroscientist, explores the gut-brain connection in his book "The Mind-Gut Connection," explaining how it impacts our mood, choices, and overall health, including skin.
  • Dr. Raphael Kellman, a pioneer in functional medicine, dives into the gut microbiome's role in inflammation and well-being in his book "The Microbiome Diet."
  • Dr. Whitney Bowe, a board-certified dermatologist, offers practical advice on achieving radiant skin through gut health in her book "The Beauty of Dirty Skin."

Understanding the fascinating world of your gut empowers you to take charge of your skin's health. By nurturing your gut microbiome, you create a foundation for balanced hormones and a radiant complexion. So, embrace the power of your gut – it's the secret weapon for achieving a healthy glow, from the inside out! The fascinating world of gut health can unlock the potential of your gut microbiome. It can have transformative power on your skin's health and overall well-being.

Your skin is like a billboard advertising what's happening inside. A healthy gut translates to balanced hormones, less inflammation, and a glowing complexion that reflects your inner health. 

ABOUT HILARY
Hilary is the Co-Founder of the SABI, a Holistic Nutritionist, natural, whole foods Chef, product developer and advocate for women getting to know their bodies, cycles and selves better. Born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Baja California, Mexico, she now lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with her partner Kees, a curly-tailed rescue dog from Curacao, Flint and her rainbow baby, Paloma. 

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HORMONAL & PROUD
Created as a brand to help women navigate the toughest moments in pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum — and practically every stage of life –– The SABI aims to change the narrative around our hormones from one of taboo, embarrassment, and loneliness to awareness and pride. As more than a wellness brand, The SABI offers a carefully-crafted line of products to carry you through your hormonal journey, including rituals, supportive tools, and ancient herbal remedies that have been tested time and time again by women and now come backed by medicine. The SABI is a blend of science and nature conceived by women who have experienced the joys and deep struggles of bringing a child into the world, the pains of a heavy, difficult period, miscarriage, and difficulty conceiving.
We offer you an invitation to get to know your body and its cycles better –– an invitation to really understand what is going on inside. Learn to use your hormonal cycle to your advantage no matter your stage of life, and know that you can support and balance your hormone levels. Look for the right sources of information. Know that there is help, and know that you’re supported.

DISCLAIMER
The SABI blog and articles are not meant to instruct or advise on medical or health conditions, but to inform. The information and opinions presented here do not substitute professional medical advice or consultations with healthcare professionals for your unique situation. 

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