We know gut health affects so much more than just our digestive system, so as spring arrives here’s seven ways to improve gut health
Spring is a time when many people switch up their skincare routine in preparation for summer, swapping out heavier winter creams for lighter, dewy creams. What most of us don’t think about doing, though, is looking out for our skin from within.
Experts have suggested that your gut health and your skin are in sync with one another. Skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema are linked to your gut health and poor digestion can also lead to acne.
Looking after your gut health for six weeks or more can help you develop and maintain a healthy glow for summer. Scope Healthcare’s in-house nutritionist Eva Hill-Hamilton provides some top tips on how to improve your gut health and subsequently improve your skin’s overall appearance.
Drink more water
Increase your level of water intake and consume at least 8 glasses of water every day. This will help to maintain a healthy dewy complexion, hydrated skin and a proper functioning gut.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and like every other part of the body including your gut, it is made up of cells. These cells are made up of water, and without enough water consumption, the skin will appear dry and flaky and the gut flora will become imbalanced.
Take a probiotic
Microbes live on our skin, communicating with local immune cells and regulating barrier functions. Probiotics taken orally improve the skin barrier function, which can even improve skin conditions such as eczema when taken daily for six weeks or more. The 14-strain live bacteria supplement, Bio-Kult Advanced, is great to take daily to improve the gut flora.
Avoid added sugar in foods. Sugar is absorbed and digested by the body and with this, the reaction that occurs can result in breakouts of spots and also increase inflammation of the body. Sugar feeds the non-beneficial bacteria in the gut, creating toxins which can lead to skin irritation.
Include fibre in the diet
The lower part of the gut is responsible for excreting substances from the body and fibre helps with this process. If excreting at least once a day, the skin will be in good condition as bodily functions will be operating at regular levels.
If substances are left stored within the body for too long, the skin will be left to excrete what it can from the body, which can lead to skin problems. Maintaining a healthy gut by introducing more fibre will help to achieve clearer and healthier skin.
Moving and being active helps in alleviating any gut health issues. By improving your exercise regime, it can speed up the bodily functions. Exercising your muscles helps to exercise your organs, which leads to your body operating at an optimum level. This will have an effective impact on your skin and your gut health by inhibiting any stomach bloating or skin breakouts.
Reduce alcohol intake
Generally, alcohol consumption has a harmful effect on the level of good gut bacteria. The “dysbiosis” caused as a result of the imbalanced gut bacteria can lead to knock-on effects such as a rash or redness on the skin. Alcoholic drinks also dehydrate the body and the gut which leads to dried-out, flaky skin.
Swap coffees/teas for herbal remedies
The introduction of herbal teas is pivotal in terms of nutrient absorption, which increases the level of skin clarity and hydration. Herbal teas such as lavender, camomile and green tea all contain natural remedies that can reduce internal and external inflammation. In particular, green tea is useful for antioxidant and detox support. These teas aid in the sleep process, which is crucial for gut health and the skin’s appearance. A lack of sleep can cause poor digestion and lead to acne breakouts and skin sensitivity.
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