Did you know that the health of our gut plays a big role in our skin? If you’ve tried and tested countless topical products but got nowhere, it might be time to start thinking about treating your skin from the inside out.
How does gut health affect the skin?
While good gut health is important for digestion, it’s also vital for healthy skin too. When there’s an upset in the balance gut microflora or the intestinal lining becomes inflamed, this can have a flow-on effect causing issues with our complexion in the form of eczema and dermatitis, as well as other skin issues like acne, psoriasis, and rosacea. Issues with the gut lining can also affect how well nutrients from our food are absorbed. If specific nutrients such as zinc, vitamin A, E, and C can’t be absorbed well, then this can affect the overall health of our skin as well as its ability to heal.
3 tips to support your gut and skin health
There are a number of ways that you can improve the health of your gut and help to relieve eczema and other skin issues too.
- Omega 3’s from oily fish and plant-based sources such as walnuts and chia seeds can help to support healthy skin and reduce inflammation.
- Getting in enough fibre each day is important so that we are eliminating the contents of our bowels. If things get a bit backed up, the body can reabsorb substances that should otherwise be excreted which can then come out in the form of skin issues. Fibre also helps feed the bacteria in our gut, supporting a healthy microflora.
- Glutamine, an amino acid, can help to repair and protect intestinal tissue while boosting immune cell activity in the gut. In previous research, supplementing with glutamine has shown to help reduce atopic eczema.