You are what you eat! We’ve all heard that one, and it’s very true. You are what you eat and what you are able to digest.
Believe it or not – your skin is very much affected by how well you are doing internally. To keep your skin healthy, it is essential that we give a thought to how our digestion is doing. Granted – not a thought most of us spend much time on. But it is so important!
Many skin problems are linked to poor digestion. Sometimes you can eat very healthily, but for some reason, your tummy doesn’t digest properly and therefore your body doesn’t get the nutrients it needs.
LOW STOMACH ACID
When we eat, the food goes into our stomach and that stimulates the production of hydrochloric acid (fancy name for stomach acid). This, together with digestive enzymes, “digests” our food. But what happens if you don’t have enough stomach acid?
Leaky gut sounds rather appalling, but let me explain. Normally, in a healthy digestive system, the food gets broken down into large molecules and then enzymes break these molecules down into smaller molecules. Only these small molecules are allowed to pass through the gut. Now, due to bad eating and drinking, stress, food allergies and the like, large molecules somehow pass through the gut walls when they shouldn’t. The body reacts as if it were an enemy. This can affect your skin most unpleasantly. This may result in:
NOT ENOUGH FRIENDLY BACTERIA
I think that by now, most of us have heard of probiotics, or friendly gut bacteria. We are told by the TV adverts to buy yogurts with live probiotics. But what exactly are these mysterious little miracle workers?
They all have long fancy sounding names (like Lactobacilli, L. acidophilus and their brother B. bifidum). But what these microscopic things do is amazing. They play a hugely important role in the prevention of and defence against diseases, particularly in the digestive tract. They do a lot. Let’s just leave it at that! A healthy gut should consist of at least 85 percent Lactobacilli, but the typical colon today has more bad bacteria than good! They are easily destroyed by antibiotics, bad diets, stress, certain medications and other toxins. Not having enough good bacteria present in your gut could cause some of the following in your skin:
So the next time you lean back at the dinner table, rubbing your full belly uncomfortably – spare a thought for your digestion!
Implementing some of these suggestions could really improve your health as well as give you a healthy, glowing (and younger looking!!!) skin!
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