The human body is amazing. The skin is the external organ (and the largest organ) that provides us with information of what is going on inside, mainly the gut.
Here is a general idea of what is going on inside if you are experiencing:
- Acne on your forehead: Small intestine issues, malabsorption issues, food sensitivities (wheat & dairy)
- Acne on your cheeks and chin: Hormone imbalances and liver congestion.
- Bumps on the upper back of your arms: Malabsorption issues and organs are not detoxifying.
- Psoriasis: Inflammatory reaction and lack of absorption of essential fatty acids.
- Eczema: Inflammation and lack of healthy bacteria in the gut.
Many of these symptoms can be directly related to problems of the digestive and liver detoxification systems which influence immune, nervous and endocrine system functions. When the health of the digestive and liver detoxification systems is supported, the body is given the opportunity to heal many inflammatory issues.
There are 500 species and 3 pounds of bacteria in your gut, it has its own ecosystem similar to the rainforest. This environment helps you digest your food, regulate hormones, excrete toxins, and produce vitamins and other healing compounds that keep your gut and your body healthy.
You need to balance this ecosystem. Too many of the wrong bacteria and not enough of the right bacteria throws off the balance. Yeast and parasites make up the not so good and Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium contribute to the good bugs fight.
Many of you might know, I had horrible acne at the age of 9, and was on antibiotics, Acutane, Retin-A, and you name it for many years. My family and I didn’t realize that it was all from my stomach issues and food sensitivities. I had bloating issues since I could remember, and I actually thought you were just bloated after every time you ate during my childhood. After many years to heal my gut, my skin has a new exterior.
When your intestinal lining becomes damaged (leaky gut) your immune system will become overactive, and it will begin producing inflammation throughout your body. So having a healthy gut means more than simply being free of bloating, heartburn, and your skin will heal also.
To begin healing your skin, focus on the gut versus applying medications and other “quick fix” ideas on your skin:
- Monitor gluten and processed dairy in your diet. If you eat some, notice if you have acne the next day or bloating occurs. This is a sign you have inflammatory responses to these.
- Add in extra digestive support: Try adding in Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics. Take the enzymes with meals and the Probiotics prior. Also begin one at a time to notice what relief you receive by each.
- Decrease stress, especially while you are eating. Take the 5 deep breaths before every meal. I am a fast eater, and this alone helped heal my digestive tract.
Start there. We also have the RESET program beginning next week to take this all a step further. The group support and guidance offers a gentle way for you to love your belly.