Dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD has done research on the connection between the gut and skin microbiomes (living bacteria) and there is a connection between your diet, lifestyle and the health of your skin. The following are some tips and products to help you have more healthy skin by paying attention to your gut.
- Skip on the Processed Foods. According to Dr. Bowe, processed foods can slow down your digestion and that causes an overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria which could lead to “leaky gut.” Leaky gut creates inflammation in the kin and can show up as acne, eczema, and wrinkles.
- Eat Fermented Things such as
Sauerkraut or Kimnchi
Kombucha is useful too.
Fermented foods helps maintain the good bacteria and helps your body balance the pH which controls inflammation, all important for healthy skin.
3. Choose Your Dairy Carefully
Milk, especially skim milk can cause inflammation in the skin to the tune of acne and redness because of the proteins casein and whey. Consider almond milk or coconut milk instead. Yogurt (See my other blog post “Is Yogurt Healthy For You?“) and many kinds of cheese are fermented which help with the effects of dairy. (Don’t get the processed cheeses that have all the chemicals and preservatives).
Exercise can help reverse early signs of aging. Exercise boosts blood flow, which given time can positively affect the network of blood vessels that support our skin, which can lead to a healthier look (and not only a healthier look, but you is healthier too).
5. Get Enough Sleep
You need at least seven hours of sleep. Less and you could be triggering the stress hormone cortisol which is linked to collagen breakdown and premature aging (plus fat).
6. The Right Kind of Probiotic Supplements
Look for those with at least 10 billion CFU that contain Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Both your gut and your skin will benefit from both.
7. Take Care of Your Skin
Avoid harsh soaps and aggressive scrubs. Use a gentle cleanser and limit exfoliation to just once or twice a week. (You can use a dry brush all over your body before taking a shower to help exfoliate dead skin).
Avoid intense heat. It can try out skin which creates a breeding ground for certain bad bacteria. Always use a moisturizer after cleansing, and forget the heating mask and devices if your skin is prone to dryness.
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