Do you have a healthy poop every day? And by that, I mean, do you have to strain? Afterwards are you left feeling like you didn’t go all the way? If so, your gut could be the cause of your acne.
Your gut, like your skin, is a highly complex synergistic organ that interacts with a multitude of different systems. The ‘friendly’ bacteria in your gut helps digestion by killing bad bacteria and producing vitamin K and short-chain fatty acids (SCFA’s). When the barrier lining of the intestine is disturbed or compromised, intestinal bacteria can find its way into the blood stream, collect in the skin, and disrupt homeostasis. When you are not consuming enough fiber, water, and taking measures to increase and maintain high probiotic populations in your gut; you can inadvertently cause bowel irregularity – AKA, constipation. When you’re constipated, fecal matter sits in the large intestine for longer periods of time. Eventually, your body will begin to absorb some of the bacteria into your bloodstream. So, if you are experiencing acne (and constipation) your gut health could be the root of your acne.
Be Good To Your Gut
Here’s how you can start healing your gut health:
- Start taking probiotics. Probiotics can help ease a myriad of digestion related problems and has been seen to help regulate bowl movements.
- Change your diet to a diverse mixture of fiber rich whole foods. Many fruits, veggies, and whole grains are found to contain prebiotic fiber that are food for human microflora. This will help your gut closer to a homeostatic balance.
- Try to reduce stress. Stress is responsible for disrupting so many bodily systems, so reducing stress will likely influence your gut and skin health. Regular exercise, making more time for quality sleep, and meditation are all small ways that help calm and reduce the effects of stress.
You Are Delicate
Your body is an intricate and delicate system. One area of imbalance can cause a ripple effect throughout the body. Take time to focus on your gut health and you will see a chain reaction of positive changes. Even small seemingly insignificant lifestyle changes can have a big impact.