Surprisingly, the skin and gut actually have a lot in common. Both form a link between the internal body and the outside world and are home to trillions of bacteria that interact in different ways.
The gut-skin axis refers to the intricate connection and relationship between the gut and the skin and the way in which they influence one another. Numerous studies have linked digestive health to healthy glowing skin and suggest that your skin’s microbiome plays an important role in both your inner and outer health.
Often the skin is the first organ to show distress when the gut microbiome is in dysbiosis. An
impaired intestinal lining or “leaky gut” sparks system-wide inflammation and can allow bacteria and their byproducts to collect in the skin, disturbing the delicate skin
microbiome. For those dealing with acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and premature aging, addressing gut health can be the first step to a healthy skin microbiome.
Here are ways that you can improve your gut-skin axis:
#1- Support SCFA (short-chain fatty acid) Production
Bacteria in the gut produce SCFAs that regulate the balance between immune cells that stimulate or suppress an inflammatory response. You can increase your body's production of SCFAs through diet, aiming for fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, and legumes.
#2- Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Post Biotics
Ensuring the proper balance of good bacteria in the gut is crucial to glowing skin. Taking a daily biotic supplement is the simplest way to do this. You can also incorporate fermented foods into your diet which contain probiotics.
#3- Topical Prebiotics
Adding in topical prebiotics as part of your skincare routine may help to replenish, feed and fortify your skin’s ecosystem. Every square centimeter of your skin is thought to be home to at least a million bacteria along with an array of fungi, viruses, and mites.
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