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Gut health is surprisingly vital to skin health. And, vice versa.

Your gut and skin are totally separate from each other, which means they have nothing in common, right? Trick question! Even though your gut and skin seem entirely unrelated, they are more closely connected than you realize. Gut health is surprisingly vital to skin health, and vice versa.

Here’s some vital information explaining why your recent breakout may be partially due to something you ate, as well as advice for gut health foods to eat.

Can Your Gut Health Affect Your Skin?

Your gut is a complex system of muscles, organs, bacteria, and other tissues responsible for breaking down the foods you eat and absorbing nutrients.1 The gut also helps to push waste products out of the body so they don’t stay behind and negatively impact your body.

The term “gut health” refers to the overall health and function of the different parts of your gastrointestinal tract and the balance of bacteria that live there.2 When your gut is healthy, it has no problem breaking down the nutritious foods it encounters and absorbing nutrients into the bloodstream. But if your gut is unhealthy, it struggles to break down foods and separate nutrients from waste products.

But can gut health affect skin? Yes! According to various studies, it appears that the gut microbiome has a strong influence on the skin microbiome.3 When the gut microbiome (which simply refers to the totality of positive versus negative bacteria in the gut) is imbalanced, the microbiome on the skin is also likely to become unbalanced.

On the other hand, a healthy gut microbiome appears to enhance the skin microbiome. One study shows that supplementing with helpful bacteria such as Lactobacillus reuteri can help increase the thickness of the skin. Other studies show skin moisturizing benefits from supplementing with helpful probiotics known to promote gut health.

By supplementing with products that escort toxins out of the body, you may start to notice not just general gut health benefits but also skin benefits. These may include fewer cases of acne, reduced psoriasis, and reduced skin inflammation. As if those benefits weren’t great enough by themselves, you’ll also experience improved immunity when you take good care of your gut.

Foods That Promote Gut Health & Healthy Skin

The typical American diet is a no-go for gut health. Many of us eat too many inflammation-causing foods, including fast foods and other highly processed foods. It’s time to apologize to our digestive systems and give them the types of foods they need to thrive. Here are some of the foods that promote gut and skin health.

  • Fermented foods and drinks (such as sauerkraut, kefir, and yogurt)
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Coconut oil
  • Sprouted grains
  • Garlic
  • Wild-caught salmon
  • Bone broth
  • Collagen
  • Onions
  • High-fiber foods (such as lentils, green peas, black beans, apples, and artichokes)
  • Mangoes
  • Olive oil
  • Blueberries
  • Chicory root
  • Pistachios, almonds, and other nuts
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Seaweed
  • Spinach
  • Immunity boosting smoothies (here are some great recipes!)

We could go on and on, but you get the idea. Foods that are generally good for overall health are most likely excellent for your gut. 

As important as it is to eat foods that promote gut and skin health, it’s equally important not to consume foods that do the opposite. Sugary foods and drinks, white flour products, deep-fried foods, and high-carb foods with little to no nutritional value are top culprits for poor gut health. Kick them out like a bad ex and detoxify with Polisorb's gut cleanse to get rid of any negative influence they may have left behind.

Skin Issues Stemming From Poor Gut Health

There are a lot of skin issues that stem from poor gut health. They include:

  • Atopic dermatitis4
  • Inflammatory acne
  • Flaky, dry skin
  • Eczema

None of us want to deal with these skin problems, which is why nourishing our guts is so important. Instead of tackling them from the outside-in with expensive products, we may find more success by tackling these issues from the inside out by focusing on the health of our digestive systems first.

Improving Skin & Gut Health

The nice thing about gut health is that it isn’t set in stone. Even if your gut health is currently less than ideal, you have the power to change it by taking action. Here are some things you can do to improve your skin and gut health, starting today.

  • Reset your gut with a the Polisorb 5-Day Digestive Tract Cleanse to rid your gut of toxic substances and creating a clean slate for your gut microbiome
  • Eat a healthy diet (we’ve already talked about why this is important for both your skin and your gut)
  • Take supplements as needed to address any nutrient deficiencies you currently have
  • Quit smoking
  • Wash your face and using a clean, nourishing moisturizer daily
  • Get sufficient sleep
  • Exercise regularly to improve blood flow and overall health
  • Protect your skin from the sun by wearing protective clothing or sunscreen
  • Drink more water
  • Stay away from soda and sugary foods

These are all great things you can do to improve your gut health and your skin health. You’ll also notice the added benefits of improved energy and body composition as you regularly detoxify with Polisorb and take care of your digestive system.