🌻 Check your bowel movements!
Our bowel motions tell us so much about our gut health! We should have consistent and easy bowl motions at least once/day.
When we are irregular and find it hard to pas stools toxins begin to build up through the body as they can’t be eliminated efficiently. Our skin, our largest organ tends to be the next best route of elimination for these toxins. Vice Versa If we have frequent and loose stools we then are not absorbing the essential nutrients and minerals that our skin needs to thrive!
TIP: try our LYG BALANCE powder to restore your bowel motions. The slippery elm in the Balance powder can help bulk your stools and encourage bowel motions. Make sure you drink heaps of water with this!
🌻Feed the good bacteria in your gut!
It is so important to keep the balance in our microbiome (our inner ecosystem) for a healthy and happy gut! When we focus on eating beautiful and diverse ranges of whole foods our gut bacteria thrive which directly impacts our skin health! When we look after our gut bacteria and keep them diverse and happy it protects us by eliminating pathogens, toxins, reduces inflammation, increases nutrient absorption and increases the immunity! .
Focus on including foods that are rich in skin-loving nutrients such as zinc (pumpkin seeds, grass fed read meat and organic chicken), Vitamin D (mushrooms & salmon OR some natural sunlight each day), Vitamin A (bone broth, livers, eggs), amino acids such as L-glutamine (in our balance powder or slow cooked meats and broths).
All of these will help protect and strengthen the gut lining which is essential for skin health.
TIP: When you sign up for our LYG box you will go through our 30 day nutrition challenge which we will give you some tips on how to eat for GREAT gut health.
🌻Reduce your stress! .
We have heard of the gut-brain axis.. well there is also a gut-skin-brain axis. Our skin cells are activated by stress and in effect produce stress hormones and inflammatory markers. This can show up as red inflammation and breakouts on the skin. .
TIP: Remind yourself every single day to breathe deeply. Whenever you feel overwhelmed or stressed take a few deeeep breathes into your abdomen. This is priceless.
🌻Include Fibre rich foods such as fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds!
These are nutritional powerhouses and incredible for skin health as the fermentation process in our intestines produces short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) such as butyrate. Butyrate is key to decrease inflammation and protect the gut lining.
🌻 Include fermented, probiotic rich foods!
Fermented foods actually increase the bioavailability of nutrients in foods, not to mention the amazing content of probiotics and healthy bacteria they provide the gut!
If you are new to introducing these, start slow i.e. 1 tsp a day and then slowly increase.
🌻 Avoid or Reduce inflammatory foods!
When it comes to skin, we know that inflammatory foods are trigger foods. In 99% of cases I see many women see improvements by just reducing/ avoiding foods such as:
Personally, I suffered with psoriasis on my upper arms and legs. It wasn’t until I avoided dairy and introduced the LYG products that it completely cleared. I had tried so many different things such as skin creams, steroids etc but nothing worked until I focused on my gut health. This was where Love Ya Guts originated.