There is a Relationship Between Digestion and Healthy Skin.
By Bettina Rasmussen
If you are dealing with
skin issues you are most likely also having digestive difficulties, it can be
acid reflux, bloating, gassy, feeling full, or food sensitivity. With just
a few changes such as drinking more water, improving your diet, intermittent
fasting, and adding supplements to your diet, you can achieve both improved
digestion and healthy-looking skin. Your digestion has a direct link to your
Fasting gives your body
a break from digestion,
which helps it focus on other things. Specifically, the migrating motor complex19 (MMC), a
pattern of electromechanical activity in the digestive system, that works in
between meals and during fasts. It acts as an intestinal house cleaner,
sweeping residual, undigested material through the digestive system. In severe
cases of acne, dermatitis, or eczema you may start with a 3-day diet flushing
out your intestines and liver.
Avoid dairy, sugar, and gluten (at least
Many people have food
allergies, but even more, have food sensitivities. Skin conditions are often
influenced by sensitive foods; many people go for years without addressing the
core problem. If there is one thing that you try in this list, this is it.
These foods can lead to intestinal inflammation and affect your healthy gut
flora and thus, overall digestion and skin.
Dairy has been linked to hormonal acne
Sugar has been linked to increased inflammation throughout the body,
resulting in breakouts, rashes, and flares.
Gluten (especially if you are sensitive) can damage your microflora.
After three weeks, you
can start to fold back in your favorite foods—one at a time—and see how your
skin and body react. Some, you'll find, you'll be totally fine with having in
your diet (or at least in moderation). Others, you'll be able to identify
potential triggers for flare-ups.
Take a daily Probiotic
Support your gut flora by taking a daily
probiotic supplement. These “good bacteria” live in our digestive tract and
help keep our microbiome flourishing, allowing our bodies to absorb
skin-benefiting nutrients and help remove waste. You can also get these good probiotics
in raw sauerkraut and Kombucha.
Take digestive enzymes
Your body makes its own
digestive enzymes, but often times our bodies do not make enough to break down
everything we consume, especially as we age. Supplementing with digestive
enzymes is beneficial for the absorption of all the nutrients necessary for
beautiful skin. By helping to promote efficient digestion, digestive enzymes
help the body renew damaged cells while also decreasing constipation – a key
for glowing skin. Look for plant-based enzymes to avoid contaminants from
non-organic animal-based enzymes.
Supplement with raw apple cider vinegar or sliced lemons in
Raw apple cider vinegar
(commonly referred to as just "ACV") can help as a digestive aid if
used thoughtfully. This tonic is good for a host of bodily functions, including
promoting optimal digestion and helping those friendly bacteria grow in the
When you purchase ACV,
look for “raw” and “unfiltered.” (Ideally, you'd buy a label that says “with
the mother,” so you can gain all the benefits). You can add ACV to your salad
dressings or even take a tablespoon mixed with water to get the benefits.
However, do not take ACV straight, as its acidity can be equally hard on
Slicing lemons and adding them to your water helps your liver detox and speeds
up your digestion.
Eat whole foods, plant-based diet
What you put in your
body is more important for your skin than what you put on it. Eating a whole
food-based diet, rich in vegetables and fruits (thanks to their antioxidant
properties), and healthy oils such as Olive Oil, Sesame Oil, and Canola Oil, is
the best way to promote your digestive tract and skin on the path to wellness.
Supplementing your diet with nuts, seeds, whole grains with a lot of
fibers (such as quinoa, millet, and brown rice) as well as legumes and
colorful vegetables is very good both for your digestion and skin.
Drink plenty of water daily 8-10 cups, preferably with sliced lemons
Exercise daily for a minimum of 20 minutes
While you shouldn’t
exercise on a full stomach, movement is essential to your digestive system’s
function. By increasing your heart rate once per day you are helping circulate
nutrients to your skin.
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