What Is the Skin & Gut Connection?
Lifestyle factors are of central importance in gastrointestinal health and skin disorders. More commonly, we compartmentalize the human body by treating the skin itself separately instead of looking to the root cause. Yet there is a much broader perspective when dealing with the breakdown of skin. Our highly processed, genetically-modified grains, high intake of sugar, low fiber, and low fat in our diets contributes to gut microbiota that are out of balance.
This disruption of gastrointestinal microbes sets the stage for bowel permeability, skin disorders, as well as other health conditions. In our society, we tend to treat the smoke, not the fire. When you focus on the root cause (fire) and not the symptom (smoke) success rates are far greater. It is paramount to recognize that our Standard American Diet (SAD) is devoid of fiber and essential fats, while high in simple carbohydrates and sugar, which can be very taxing on the skin.
How Can I Restore the Skin & Gut Connection?
Prebiotic fiber is a special type of fiber that nurtures gut bacteria. Consider incorporating more prebiotic fiber rich foods in your daily meal plan. Some of those foods include garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, chicory root, dandelion greens, artichoke, jicama, and acacia. Fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, or fermented drinks like kombucha also promote the health of the gastrointestinal tract.
Other important nutrients that are recommended to improve gut health are good essential fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, wild caught fish, pasture fed beef or butter, ghee (for the dairy-intolerant), and avocados. Balancing the microbiota with fiber, good essential fats, prebiotics, probiotics, and fermented foods improves gut health and skin conditions can start to improve dramatically.