we all want clear, glowing skin, right? maybe you’ve invested in different skincare products or facials to help your skin glow, and many of those are awesome! however, what if the secret to clear skin lies not in expensive treatments, but within our own bodies? did you know the answer to clear skin might actually be found in your gut?
here, we'll explore the connection between gut health and skin and discover how nurturing your gut can lead to a happier, healthier complexion!
understanding the gut-skin connection
similar to the gut-brain axis, the gut-skin axis is the communication network that links our digestive system to our skin. it’s a bidirectional relationship, meaning that imbalances in the gut can impact the health of our skin and vice versa.
the gut's role in skin health
our gut is home to trillions of microorganisms known as the gut microbiota that play a crucial role in maintaining the overall health of our bodies, including our skin. the gut microbiota help regulate the immune system, support nutrient absorption, and produce certain vitamins and essential fatty acids.
when the gut microbiota are balanced and diverse, they contribute to a strong and resilient immune system which reduces inflammation throughout the body, including in the skin. inflammation is a common underlying factor in skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis, so when we’re able to improve our immune system, much of that inflammation subsides and allows our skin to improve.
skin conditions linked to gut health
scientific studies have revealed connections between gut health and various skin conditions. research suggests that imbalances in the gut microbiota can contribute to the development of (or intensify) conditions like acne, rosacea, and dermatitis. those with underlying gut issues like ibs or crohns also may experience skin problems as a symptom.
improving gut health for clearer skin
now that we understand the gut-skin connection, let's explore some steps you can take to support your gut health for clearer skin:
- nutrient dense diet: a diet rich in whole foods including fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats supports a diverse gut microbiome. the gut thrives on variety, so rotating your produce and protein sources ensures you’re giving your gut everything it needs!
- prioritize probiotics & prebiotics: probiotics help improve the health of our overall microbiome, and did you know probiotics feed on prebiotics? so, making sure you’re getting in solid prebiotics is key for your gut stays happy, leading to healthier skin!
- stay hydrated: drinking enough water supports healthy digestion and helps maintain your skin's moisture barrier. 120 oz / day is recommended for most people.
- manage stress levels: chronic stress can disrupt the balance of your microbiome, affecting your skin health. click here to learn all the areas your body can feel stressed (going to link deep dive on stress once live), and how to mitigate them for overall health + glowy skin!
when gut health is optimized, we’ll see this reflected in our skin! it’s so possible to achieve healthy, glowing skin and it starts from the inside 🙂