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The inner health guide to glowing skin

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The inner health guide to glowing skin

Fresh, glowing skin. It’s akin to the holy grail of skincare.

 

And sometimes it seems like the more we want it, the more out of reach it is... But rest assured that as long as you take good care of yourself from the inside, as well as the outside, radiant, envy-inducing skin IS within reach.

For many decades now, naturopaths have been touting the gut as the first port of call for skincare support. Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician said over 2,000 years ago that “all disease begins in the gut”. So let’s take a closer look at exactly what this means, and how it can help you get your glow on for Spring.
 

Gut Inflammation

What does it look like?

Gut inflammation may appear as: bloating, constipation or diarrhoea, excessive gas, nausea, low energy – there are many different signs and symptoms with underlying gut dysfunction as the trigger.

How does it affect my skin’s appearance? 

Gut inflammation can equal skin inflammation, leading to an increased risk of acne or just generally inflamed-looking skin (hello redness).

How can I reduce gut inflammation?

You can try minimising inflammatory food intake (here’s looking at you, sugar) or healing the gut lining via bone broths or other lovely, gelatinous nutrients such as slippery elm.

A trusted naturopath or nutritionist will be able to guide you to a treatment plan that is individualised to you and your symptoms. Close to our James St location, you will find practitioners such as Natology or Busby Naturopathics.

So now we know that inflammation in the gut can lead to inflammation on the skin. Read on to discover some additional ways to get your digestive tract in tiptop shape:
 

1. Show your liver some love ❤️

What does the liver do?

The liver is an integral part of the gastrointestinal tract, aka ‘the gut’. It removes toxins and clears excess hormones such as testosterone – which yes, females produce too.

How can I improve my liver function?

​Some easy but effective ways to help your liver include eating green cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale or brussels sprouts, and removing substances that put extra pressure on your liver, including alcohol, coffee, pesticides and synthetic body care products.
 

2. Get friendly with pre- and probiotics

Where do I find these?

Eating prebiotics (think leek, onion, garlic, or green banana flour) is important to provide a food source for your ‘good and friendly’ bacteria, whilst consuming probiotics (via supplementation or fermented food such as kimchi or yoghurt) will help provide a balanced gut microbiome.
 

3. Make fibre your friend

Why is fibre important?

Fibre is key to help your bowels move daily. This is important to ensure toxins are cleared, so there is less eliminatory work for the skin to do. Eating a wide variety of fruit and vegetables (with skins still intact), nuts, legumes and wholegrains will help meet your daily fibre quota.

So there you have it – the inner health guide to glowing skin! Remember that clear, radiant skin is bi- directional, meaning what we put on our skin matters, but what is happening internally matters just as much.

This post is a general guide only - please remember to consult a health practitioner for advice relevant for you. 

 

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