The Gut & Skin Relationship!
Updated: Jul 5, 2018
By Kayla Furmanczyk.
As a Holistic Nutritionist specialising in gut-health, I have experienced first-hand the impact that the gut and other factors have on the body. Healthy Gut Nutrition was founded in order to work with women to educate and inspire them to live and be the best and healthiest versions of themselves, working together using a holistic person-centred approach to nutrition, wellbeing and lifestyle. One of the most common issues I have noticed with my clients is the impact that the gut has on their skin, hormones and other related issues. Healthy skin is influenced by nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle factors, which in turn all feed an optimal healthy gut. The gut is the epicentre to the body and the reason behind many disorders and diseases.
Have you thought about how nourishing your body from the inside out affects the health of your skin? Did you know that digestive health impacts your skin and complexion, leading to an array of skin issues and disorders including dehydration, skin damage, pigmentation, signs of aging, rashes and skin irritations, which are all results of poor nutrition lifestyle habits? Did you also know that as well as digestive health, your liver also plays a major role in the health of your skin too?
Liver health is not only essential to your overall wellbeing, but the health of an optimal gut and in turn your skin. As the digestion and absorption of foods can also have an impact. The liver is part of your digestive system, where everything you consume is processed. It allows our body to digest all of our foods and absorb all of the nutrients in order to use them effectively. When your liver stops functioning optimally, diseases and disorders become apparent and one of the most common symptoms I see as a nutritionist is poor skin and hormonal health.
Feeding your body with wholefoods high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants impacts the health of your skin by fighting off free radical damage and oxidative stress which promotes aging, dehydration and pigmentation. “A balance between free radicals and antioxidants is necessary for proper physiological function. Free radicals overwhelm the body’s ability to regulate them, a condition known as oxidative stress.” Free radicals alter lipids, proteins, and DNA in the body as a result of external stressors, which in-turn contribute to the development of a number of diseases.
Dialling up your consumption of wholefoods, vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins, and a healthy lifestyle will not only improve the health of your liver and gut, but the health of your skin too! Remember, everything in your body is connected.
Why should we fuel our bodies with wholefoods?
Antioxidants neutralise free radicals in the body, reducing the damage oxidative stress has on the body, including skin health.
Foods high in vitamin C (and other vitamins too) are great for repairing the effects of oxidative damage, pigment reduction and other signs of aging.
Proteins and fats which are high in collagen which increase the elasticity of the skin. Collagen is the protein that gives the skin its structure, it works alongside elastin which allows the skin to ‘bounce’. Lack of elastic and collagen means loss of elasticity forming wrinkles and sagging.
Using natural skincare in combination with the above approach to your lifestyle leads to flawless, hydrated and blemish free skin.
Fleuron’s “Brightening Rose Serum” was developed with the highest quality natural ingredients including the Australia Kakadu Plum, Organic Honey, Jojoba Oil, Rose Absolute, Aloe Vera Extract, Marine Collagen and Sodium Hyaluronate. The Brightening Rose Serum was produced in core essence to a holistic approach to health. Some of the benefits include:
The Australia Kakadu Plum extract has the highest recorded level of natural vitamin C content compared to any other plant in the world, it contains more than 100 times that of vitamin C in an orange! Also high in antioxidants, aids in the reduction of skin pigmentation.
Jojoba Oil, made form the Jojoba Bean which originates from North America, mimics the skins natural oils. It holds a similar molecular structure as the oils that the skin produces, which allows the oil to penetrate deep into the skin below the epidermis, optimal for hydration. Sodium Hyaluronate is the water-binding ingredient which fills the spaces between connective fibres collagen and elastin. With is small molecular structure, SH is penetrative as it is able to hold and maintain excessive amounts of water. This means smoother and softer skin, assisting in the reversal of signs of aging and a fuller appearance.
Antibacterial and Antimicrobial:
Organic Honey has been known in the medicinal world to possess antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. This promising every day condiment that we all love is considered a potent healing tool in todays world. Honey is not only used as a protective barrier to help prevent infection and kill bacteria but maintain the hydration of the wound or infected area too.
Marine Collagen in combination of Vitamin C assists in the absorption of collagen. Together the Marine Collagen and high Vitamin C content from the Kakadu Plum assist the skin elasticity and firmness of the skin. Collagen and elastin in the skin are two proteins which make the skins appearance firmer with more ‘bounce’.
Soothes Rashes and Skin Irritations:
Aloe Vera is a natural plant used for centuries to promote healing the skin from rashes and irritations. Aloe acts as a protective layer replenishing the moisture in the skin and aiding in a reduction of healing time due to its high antioxidant properties. Its anti-inflammatory properties soothe irritations and promote the growth of new cells, preventing aging, increasing hydration and healing more effectively.
Jojoba Oil isn’t just the wonder-oil to help hydrate the skin, it is also used to combat and kill any germs and create a protective barrier on the skin increasing hydration. The wax-like oil works itself deep into the skin where is assist in cell regeneration and cell synthesis, healing the skin more effectively.
When assisting in the repair and maintenance of optimal gut health to my clients, healthy skin is one of the main changes they see in their health. My mission as a Nutritionist is to educate and inspire women to be the best and healthiest version of themselves. Using a holistic approach to health and making small changes to their lifestyle is essential is maintaining a healthy gut, body and mind. I hope that you take away these recommendations and you will consider adding the Brightening Rose Serum into your skincare routine, along with other nutrition and health related alterations. For more advice, check out my site at www.healthygutnutrition.com, follow me on Instagram @healthygutnutrition or contact me for a consultation.