The Gut-Skin Connection:
Why Your Gut Health Matters for Healthy Skin

Are you tired of struggling with stubborn skin issues, spending hundreds on countless skincare products?

What if I told you that the key to achieving radiant, clear skin lies not in your bathroom cabinet, but in your gut?

The gut-skin connection is a revolutionary approach to skin health that targets the root cause of skin issues, for good.

The Gut Microbiome

The gut microbiome is your skin’s best friend – an ecosystem of beneficial bacteria inside your gut. Trillions of microbes do more than just aid digestion; they also play a crucial role in maintaining healthy, glowing skin. When your gut microbiome is thriving, so is your skin. However, imbalances in the gut can wreak havoc on your skin, leading to pesky breakouts and inflammation.

Skin inflammation – the silent culprit

Skin inflammation that is commonly associated with acne, eczema, psoriasis or perioral dermatitis all starts in the gut. An imbalanced gut microbiome can lead to increased intestinal permeability, allowing toxins and inflammatory compounds to leak into the bloodstream. This triggers a cascade of inflammation throughout the body, manifesting as redness and irritation on the skin. By restoring balance to your gut microbiome, you can tame inflammation and improve your skin health.

  • Turmeric and Green Tea are some one of my favourite herbs in terms of dampening inflammation on the skin. I prefer the whole turmeric over the extract of Curcumin to reap the full benefits. You can also incorporate a cup of Green Tea in your daily routine to support skin health. Both herbs have been shown to improve the composition of the microbiome.

Hormonal harmony is the secret to clear skin

Did you know that your gut plays a crucial role in hormone metabolism and regulation? Having high estrogen has protective and anti-inflammatory effects on your skin, helping to maintain thickness, hydration and collagen levels. When there is an imbalance with progesterone, sebum (oil) production can increase. Excess sebum, combined with dead skin cells, can clog pores and lead to the formation of acne.

Estrogen dominance with a relative lack of progesterone can exacerbate the effects of androgens on the skin, which leads to more sebum and more acne around the menstrual cycle.

  • Carbohydrates are imperative for healthy hormones. Ensuring you are eating a good source of complex carbohydrates, paired with protein & fats with each meal will help to increase your progesterone. Think… quinoa, brown rice, brown rice cakes, sweet potato, roasted white potato, muesli or granola and bananas.

The power of nutrient absorption

Your gut is not just a digestive organ – it’s also a nutrient powerhouse. It absorbs essential nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants from the foods you eat. However, a compromised gut lining can impair nutrient absorption, leaving your skin starved for essential nutrients. By optimizing your gut health, you can ensure that your skin receives the vital nutrients it needs to thrive, resulting in healthy skin.

  • Secretory IgA (sIgA) is the most abundant immunoglobulin (also known as antibodies) in the intestinal mucosal secretions. It’s role is to prevent any pathogens or bacteria from permeating into the blood stream, it strengthens your immune system and regulates microbial balance which encourages proper nutrient absorption. When this is disrupted (For example: stress, antibiotics, toxins), it causes malnutrition and deficiencies associated with poor wound healing, lowered immunity and inflammation of the skin. Protein is an important nutrient to help maintain the integrity of sIgA production and the gut’s immune system. Aim for at least 1.2g/kg of protein per body weight.