How The Skin Communicates With The Gut

The Standard American Diet (SAD) is a high-glycemic diet rich in processed fast foods, refined carbohydrates and animal proteins known to create all kinds of inflammatory responses. In addition, this type of diet can increase secretion of android hormones such as testosterone that triggers sweat glands to work extra hard and make the skin look and feel sticky. As a result a T-zone suffers in a way that the pores enlarge, blackheads or whiteheads come up and you squeeze them out causing more breakouts in addition to acne scars.

You can blame the old food pyramid for the current obesity epidemic and since 2011 the food pyramid has retired and is replaced by MyPlate . But like with everything else we need to take charge of what we put on our plate and how much of it in order to stay healthy and younger looking.

According to scientists the gut, brain and skin are complex organs and although the communication link has been recognized but admittedly not fully understood. The gut and skin are filled with microbes that impact the health of those organs. This is nothing new to practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine that have been around for thousands of years. They both have a gut-centric approach to health and disease. Many of ingredients called “superfoods” today, like green tea, seaweed, kimchi, and mushrooms come from the traditional Asian diets. Western medicine is working on it. Here are some cons of SAD.

Here are three ways of gut-skin communication:

  • Taking in of nutrients and immediate effect on the skin( the skin either looks glowing or irritated with acne breakouts within 12 hours )
  • Absorption of nutrients that can trigger hormonal changes that affect the skin (breakouts on the chin are blamed on hormones)
  • Influence of gut microbes and toxins on the health of the skin ( probiotics are known to assist in keeping balance in the digestive track)

What is interesting that the gut houses 60 to 70 percent of the body’s immune cells which communicate with the brain and all other organs including the skin. If you want to stay healthy you need to start with your gut. According to about half of American adults have one or more diet-related chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.

Acne is another far-reaching problem that affects people not only physically but emotionally. According to Colorado Dermatology Clinic only 10 percent of individuals consult their physician while 20 percent of affected individuals seek assistance from a skin care center. Surprisingly, 40 percent of individuals do nothing to treat acne while the other 30 percent simply use over-the-counter products.

Let’s sum it up, to look good and feel good you must begin with adjustments you make in your diet. High carbs and refined foods are quick and easy to find but if you make an effort and begin adding colorful veggies to your plate you’ll win the race to a healthier you.

For help with your skin and selection of the correct skin care products for your skin please consult with your local skin care professional or reach out to Yolanda Russo, skin care expert at Speranzi Facial Spa. Virtual Beauty Visits are available, book it through our website today.