Let's talk gut health!

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Hello friends! If you haven’t already noticed, I have taken a special interest into skin care. Years of sun exposure, inflammation and dysbiosis (an unhealthy gut) can leave our skin inflamed, depleted and damaged. Skin health is a reflection of our overall health, and particularly our gut health. In my practice, I offer revitalizing treatments that work, but my passion is helping you achieve REAL change from within and this starts with the GUT.

The skin and gut are separate organ systems with similarities that you probably haven’t ever considered. They both interface with our outside world, defending us from harm and work to maintain overall balance. If you suffer from a gastrointestinal disorder, you may also have skin issues since they often accompany each other.

A healthy microbiome is foundational to gut health but an imbalanced one may play a role in acne, eczema and psoriasis. Gut bacteria regulates inflammation of the skin through the immune system. Acne, eczema and psoriasis are all products of inflammation. Further, if you have ‘leaky gut,’ chemical-like metabolites can escape the gut, travel through the blood and accumulate in the skin. If skin care is a priority for you, then TREAT YOUR GUT!

Here’s where to start:

  • Identify and eliminate inflammatory foods like sugar and processed foods.

    • I am a huge proponent of the elimination diet for identifying food sensitivities on an individualized basis.

  • Test and correct imbalances.

    • I like to evaluate for pathogens (bacterial, parasitic and viral) known to cause inflammation, normal (commensal) bacteria that help maintain gut barrier and gut immunity, Treatments are customized to your results.

  • BTG’s (Basic Treatment Guidelines) Baby:

    • These are the habits that are foundational to optimal health. If you’re not already doing your best with the BTG’s then start here. Drink water, eat vegetables and ferment, sleep and exercise. Fermented foods are filled with good gut bugs like lactobacillus. The fiber in the vegetables helps the good gut bugs have energy to work.

Whether you suffer from inflamed skin or not, treat your gut kindly. If you’re ready to take action with your health with some good ol’ gut love, come see me!  We can work out an individualized plan and possibly some treatments that may help the process move along.

References:

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6048199/