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Gut Health for Fabulous Skin

Written by Karin Spicer - Lifestream’s Naturopath on January 9th, 2017.      0 comments

Aloe Vera: Aloe vera has been used for centuries for healing on the inside and outside of our bodies. It contains antioxidants as well as vitamins and minerals, which all contribute to feeding and protecting our cells while helping them to heal. Aloe vera is all about calming and soothing the gut lining. It helps with bloating and wind, it is a mild digestive and liver tonic, and helps with balancing acidity. In short it is fantastic for people with stomach problems. If our digestive system is functioning well we digest our food and have nutrients available to turbo boost energy, immunity and healing skin.

Digestive Enzymes: As we get older the production of digestive enzymes declines so reducing the breakdown of our nutrient providing food. If we don’t absorb our fats properly we can end up with dehydrated, saggy, lack luster skin. If we don’t absorb our proteins we can end up with poor muscle tone and slow healing. With so many people consuming high raw food diets it can be helpful to include digestive enzymes to help with the breakdown of the waxy surface so we can access the nutrients in those crunchy powerhouses.

Probiotics: Our understanding of how good levels of beneficial bacteria in our digestive system impacts our health has grown exponentially over the last 5 years. We now know that taking a probiotic daily is helpful to those with chronic dry skin conditions. Probiotics, to replace good bacteria, are especially important for those who are on a course of antibiotics. The microbes in our gut have been shown to be able to communicate with the bacteria that are found on the skin. Researchers are currently examining whether these interactions are beneficial for redness and improve collagen production. Probiotics have been shown to strengthen the skin’s barrier function by protecting against unfriendly bacteria, pollution and free radicals, all of which can accelerate the appearance of aging. 

 

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