We are always talking about the importance of gut health and how it affects us in many areas including digestion, the immune system, mood and general wellbeing. But another area not so often discussed is how an imbalanced gut can also reflect in the appearance of our skin. Traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine have been aware of connection between the gut and the skin for thousands of years. However as more knowledge of the function of the gut microbiome emerges, further research is being carried out on its link to the skin. Healthy skin starts with a healthy digestive tract and fermented foods have been used throughout history healing us from the inside out by aiding digestion, fighting inflammation and bringing us dense nutrition.
The skin is a LIVING organism that needs to be fed and nourished. Our skin needs a certain amount of nutrients to help maintain a clear, healthy and glowing appearance. Therefore, if absorption of nutrients is inadequate there will be little nutrition actually reaching the outer layers of skin.
The good healthy bacteria which forms in fermented foods is extremely beneficial for the entire body including giving us beautiful skin!
Dr. Dendy Engelman, dermatologist to the Hollywood star Sofia Vergara, advises her clients to incorporate probiotic foods and supplements into their diets. She believes an unbalanced gut means that toxins can be released into the bloodstream which can cause inflamed skin conditions such as acne, eczema or rosacea. A healthy gut can help reduce these flare ups and create a brighter, more even skin tone.
So, it is true, beauty does begin within, what is nourishing the cells within your body shows on the outside.