By Alexa Santory
On Tuesday, we started a new Beauty School lesson about face mapping and how your insides have a hand in what shows up outside. We learned that a majority of the face is connected to the stomach and digestive system. So even if you don't have oily, acne prone skin, what we eat will almost always show up on our faces in one way or another. This is why maintaining gut health goes hand in hand with maintaining a clear face. Of course we all have slip ups, we're humans with cravings and lots of temptation, but as long as you keep a conscious mind about what you eat, you will definitely start to see a difference in the quality of your skin’s health.
Medical Disclaimer: First thing's first please keep in mind we are not medical professionals. Please consult your doctor before making any and all changes to your diet, taking supplements, etc... We cannot make any medical claims.
The Gut-Skin Axis
The health of your digestive system has a surprising number of effects on not just your skin, but your mood, stress levels, and nutrient absorption, too. Known as the gut-skin axis, this connection could help us better understand why breakouts that aren't purely hormonal or produced by external bacteria, are so friggin persistent. Our gut naturally produces good and bad bacteria, which work in tandem to maintain a healthy balance. Too much of one or the other, though, can essentially start to wreak havoc on your insides and outsides.
So what happens if there are too much bacteria in the gut?
How can I fix my gut health?
Here are more foods to incorporate into your diet for a healthier gut!
This stuff is packed with skin and gut supporting nutrients like collagen, gelatin, and glutamine. Since the process for making bone broth requires a long cooking time, this allows the bones to release all of their nutrients, which will then allow your body to absorb them faster.
By the way, bone broth is also super easy to make! Here's how.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
This stuff can be used for just about anything, so it’s no surprise that it can help aid a healthy gut! Drinking a few tablespoons a day can help your gut get back on track. It can aid in weight loss and help alleviate tummy issues like IBS and acid reflux since it’s so rich in probiotics.
Yes, you read that correctly. Brands are now making chocolate bars that are packed with probiotics to improve gut health.
High Fiber foods
Stuff like beans, quinoa, sprouted grains, and most fruits -- these foods help everything move more smoothly through the digestive system and help prevent issues like constipation, diabetes, and weight gain.
Foods to avoid for a healthier gut
Simply put, we are human beings, not baby cows. And yes, cheese and all of the dishes that require it are extra delicious (I love you forever, mac and cheese <3), but dairy almost always has detrimental effects on our gut and our skin. There are tons of extra hormones added to dairy milk that we should not be consuming, which in turn leads to an unbalanced gut and unbalanced skin.
Refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, liquid sugars...all of it should be consumed in moderation. Sugar exacerbates gut issues and creates more bad bacteria in the digestive system.
It’s not inherently bad for you, but the process of growing and producing soy and soy products in the US involves A LOT of GMOs. Try to avoid GMO soy and opt for organic.
AKA tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, every food that tastes delicious fried or baked...sigh. Sadly, it’s true. This specific type of veggie naturally produce alkaloids, a bug repellant that can be toxic to humans if we consume too much of it. They also cause a lot of inflammation.
GMO literally stands for Genetically Modified Organism. Uh...that doesn’t sound like something I’d want to put in my body, and judging by that abbreviation, it sounds like something that will probably modify my body if I eat too much of it. It’s wild that the food industry is making billions selling these products to the masses, but trust that there’s so many other options that let you avoid GMO foods completely.
That was A LOT to cover. But it just goes to show that a balanced diet on the path to clear skin isn’t just leafy greens and water. Sometimes, you still get to eat chocolate.
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