Good skin starts in the gut. One just cannot exist without the other. Our gut and skin are in constant communication in a relationship known as the gut-skin axis. The immune system, nervous system and endocrine system send messages between our intestines, our microbiome and our skin to keep our bodies in harmony.
By Irene Falcone
The healthy intestine and the balanced microbiome
The gut and microbiome support the healthy functioning of the rest of the body – they facilitate the absorption of nutrients from food, regulate our immune system, process and excrete toxins, and signal the rest of the body to maintain homeostasis.
The microbiome (that is, the 100 trillion organisms that live on our skin and in our intestines) is made up of many types of microorganisms – mostly bacteria with some “good” and some “bad”. In an ideal world, our microbiome lives together in harmony and balance to support our general health and wellbeing.
The unhealthy bowel and dysbiosis
Lifestyle factors such as poor diet, lack of sleep, chronic stress, drugs, alcohol, and certain medications can upset the delicate balance of the microbiome.
A microbiome imbalance – or “dysbiosis” – and poor gut health can lead to chronic inflammation, oxidative stress, sub-optimal nutrient absorption, and poor waste elimination.
These can have far-reaching effects on the entire body, including our skin – and an unhappy gut inside often shows up as unhappy skin on the outside.
The impact of dysbiosis on skin health
Systemic inflammation, sub-optimal diet, increased circulating toxins, and oxidative stress can all have direct and indirect effects on the skin. This leads to:
· • Skin sensitivity and inflammatory skin diseases
· • Acne, blemishes and breakouts
· • premature aging of the skin
· • Dehydration of the skin
· • poor wound healing
Poor gut health is also linked to many chronic skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, and can even lead to premature aging.
Healthy, lively skin needs a healthy, balanced bowel
While the gut-skin connection is extremely complex, we can help our body maintain its delicate balance. The Ultimate – Complete Skin Food Elixir ™ delivers your daily dose of prebiotics and probiotics, nourishes phytonutrients and collagen, thus supporting intestinal health and healthy populations of good bacteria in your microbiome. By nourishing and caring for our gut and microbiome, we ensure that our gut-skin connection works optimally and that our skin receives all of the essential nutrients it needs to thrive.
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