What if the secret to healthy skin is not only about what you put on your body, but also what you put in your body? Skin problems such as rosacea, eczema, acne, and psoriasis are all types of inflammatory conditions that affect millions of Americans. Although many healthcare professionals treat these conditions with antibiotics, steriods, and immune suppressing agents, the underlying cause is usually ignored. Many skin issues can be healed by balancing hormones, making diet changes, and optimizing nutrient status to heal the gut.
Our skin is a reflection of our overall health. Skin problems often go hand-in-hand with gastrointestinal issues, but why is that? Our gut health is related to the proper balance of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, yeast) in the digestive tract. The microbiome consists of both beneficial and potentially harmful organisms. In a healthy body, these organisms coexist in a symbiotic balance. But if there is a distrubance in this balance, caused by infections, chemicals, processed foods, dietary deficiencies, or prolonged use of antibiotics, the lining of the intestines become thin and allow particles to pass into our bloodstream, causing inflammation. This condition is known as leaky gut, and it is one of the leading cause of cancer, autoimmune diseases, and problems of the skin.
How to support a healthy gut microbiome:
When skin conditions persist, it is a good idea to get to the cause of problem. An elimination diet or the addition of specific pre, pro and postbiotics can help rule out foods that may be contributing to the problem and make improvements to both GI symptoms and skin conditions. When this does not yield improvement, we can do blood and/or fecal test to look for causes. This involves looking for antibodies in the blood and using a combination of PCR, culture, and microscopic testing of stool to look for problems.
We can discuss the test results and action steps that could help heal your gut. Often the changes made to diet or the addition of specific pre, pro or postbiotics can make improves to both GI symptoms and skin conditions. Call to schedule a consultation and let us help you get on the path to feeling and looking better.
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