Even though you might not realise our skin is the largest organ on our body, The thing with our skin though unlike our other organs you can see and touch it every single day which allows us to have a greater understanding if our bodies are healthy on the inside.
Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne and redness are all skin conditions that are quiet common, but so many people when looking to fix their skin use products like topical creams which just treat the symptoms which is what it looks like on the outside rather than delving deeper into the root cause where the issue lies which is in your gut health.
When we look at Gut Health we need to understand that if we are having processed foods that are toxic to our internal organs that our bodies defence mechanism is going to try and find a way to detoxify it out of our skin as it is one mechanism where our bodies will try to detoxify which can lead to skin issues that were stated above.
Now you're probably wondering, well if my skin is effected by my gut, what foods should I be eating and what foods should I be avoiding to create a healthier gut.
To keep it short and simple here are some foods to avoid that will cause damage.
- Poor quality oils that increase inflammation such as soybean oil, canola oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil
- Foods with grains & wheat, such as white breads, pasta
- Foods high in sugar and have preservatives and additives
- Try to avoid alcohol and keep it to a minimum
Foods to eat that will help maintain a healthy gut
- Eat fatty fish and foods high in omega 3 as it is a natural anti inflammatory which is critical to maintain good gut health and digestion
- Drink bone broths & eat slow cooked meats that are close to the bone as these give us high amounts of gelatin and collagen that help maintain the elasticity in our skin
- Eating a mixture of non starchy vegetables that are easy to digest and provide our bodies with micronutrients
- Using herbs and spices like turmeric, ginger, garlic, rosemary
- Drink plenty of water - you should be aiming for 32ml of water per kg of bodyweight for optimal water consumption