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Glowing Skin Begins in the Gut

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Glowing Skin Begins in the Gut

Treating skin issues has to be a two-way approach; by looking at both skincare and diet. What you put on your skin is as important as what you put in your mouth. 

The gut-skin connection

We know that people with eczema can have inflammation in their gut and that they have different bacteria in their gut compared to people without eczema. (1)

Over 70 years ago dermatologists John H. Stokes and Donald M. Pillsbury first proposed that emotional states (stress) might alter the normal intestinal microflora, increase intestinal permeability (leaky gut) and contribute to systemic (whole body) inflammation and skin conditions such as acne. (2

In more recent years we have seen many aspects of this gut-brain-skin theory being validated. The ability of the gut microbiome and diet to influence the skin via systemic inflammation, oxidative stress, blood sugar imbalance, and even mood itself, may have important implications in acne. (3+4).

Leaky gut, inflammation and the skin

Studies have found that high levels of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) endotoxins in the body can interfere with wound healing and wreak havoc on the gut and skin. The release of LPS in the intestine is a normal feature of metabolism, however, it is abnormal when the LPS leak into the bloodstream and trigger inflammation downstream, this happens in leaky gut syndrome.

LPS are also associated with acne vulgaris, IBS and depression. (5+6+7)

What is leaky gut?

The cells that make up the intestines are linked together by tight junction proteins that control what penetrates through the gut lining into the blood.

When these tight junction proteins malfunction it leads to micro holes occurring in the intestinal wall, causing undigested foods and toxins (such as LPS endotoxins) to leak into the bloodstream (leaky gut) which in turn causes a systemic (whole body) inflammatory response. (8+9)

What causes leaky gut?

The main offenders are medications, especially antibiotics, alcohol, stress, gluten and food allergens. Also eating a poor diet low in fibre and rich in processed and sugary foods can cause leaky gut.

Gut problems such as Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), which is an abnormal increase in the overall bacterial population in the small intestines, have also been associated with skin issues. (8+9+10)

How do you treat leaky gut?

Cut out gluten and only use antibiotics when absolutely necessary. Reduce the intake of alcohol and eat foods high in prebiotic fibre such as fruit and vegetables, and probiotics such as fermented foods like non-sweetened yoghurt and sauerkraut. Avoid any known food allergens or irritants and take supplements to heal the gut lining.

The best supplements to repair a leaky gut are:

  • Collagen
  • Glutamine 
  • Aloe vera 

Feed the good bacteria

The good bacteria help to maintain a healthy gut lining and prevent leaky gut from happening, they also digest the food you eat, reduce inflammation and ward off any virus or bacteria that may enter your body so you really want them on your side.

Dysbiosis in the gut is caused by an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria, which can lead to leaky gut, bloating and immune dysfunction.

Feeding the gut bacteria a diverse diet, rich in foods containing prebiotics will achieve an abundant and diverse microbiome. Prebiotics are a food that the microbiome feed on enabling them to grow and multiply

Prebiotics are found in these foods:

  • Onion, leek and garlic
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • The skin of apples (pectin)
  • Chicory root
  • Beans
  • Red and black rice

 

Alternatively, you can also supplement with prebiotics such as partially hydrolysed guar gum PHGG, Acacia gum, inulin and FOS to really boost the good bacteria. Prebiotic fibre will also help to keep your bowels regular, this is important since constipation has been linked to acne. (11)

Achieving the optimum gut and skin health

The Gut Cø was founded by Pernille Jensen, a naturopath and clinical nutritionist, who for the past 13 years has dedicated her life to researching gut health and have formulated the most cutting edge high potency gut powders to do 2 things: 

REPAIR the gut lining and FEED the good bacteria the food they need to grow and multiply. 

The products offered by The Gut Cø {FEED and REPAIR} are a culmination of years of experience and knowledge as well as a whole year spent formulating and sourcing high potency, sustainable ingredients that dissolve easily and taste great.

Each product is bio-available (easily absorbable), highly effective, and is formulated without GMO ingredients, soy, gluten, synthetic flavours or colours. Our products are FODMAP approved meaning they are easy to digest even for those with sensitive guts.

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