Tried all the serums in the world, but still can’t get that glowy, dewy skin of your dreams?
Sometimes it’s not so much about what you’re putting on your skin but rather, what you’re putting in your body that’s having the most effect on your skin health.
There’s a huge correlation between skin health and gut health and the healthier your gut is, the healthier your skin looks.
Here are some foods to implement into your diet that’ll boost your gut health, helping you look and feel your best.
Does Gut Health Really Affect My Skin?
The health of our skin is influenced by a range of different things, and the health of your gut is no exception.
While the complexity of the gut-skin axis is still being understood in its entirety by scientists, the widely studied concept has researchers confident that there is indeed a strong link between gut health and skin health.
It has been proven that when a digestive balance is off, the gut can become overrun with bad bacteria, which can in turn manifest as skin inflammation, ruining your dewy radiant glow.
We store around 70% of our immune system in our gut and it’s where our bodies process nutrients, create detox enzymes, and metabolise hormones.
Having an out of balance gut health can really do some damage to your overall health, and when nutrients aren’t absorbed properly due to bad digestion, our skin doesn’t receive all that good stuff it needs to look both healthy and radiant.
Foods For A Healthy Gut (And Healthy Skin!)
If you perfected your sourdough recipe over lockdown, you’re in luck.
Made by fermenting dough, sourdough is far easier to digest than other types of bread, making it the number one choice if gut health is your biggest concern (bonus points for how great it tastes with Vegemite).
These small but mighty snacks pack quite the healthy punch. Filled with good probiotic properties, almonds make an excellent treat for your gut. They are also high in fibre, full of fatty acids, as well as polyphenols (an antioxidant that reverses cell damage). Grab a handful in between meals, and your gut will love you for it!
The number one oil of choice if you want to give your gut health a boost.
Studies have shown that olive oil can reduce gut inflammation, and with properties such as fatty acids and polyphenols, it makes an excellent meal addition for a fussy gut.
Not only good for warding off vampires, but garlic is also known to keep that ‘bad’ gut bacteria under control.
Mother nature’s superfood boasts many benefits, such as antibacterial and antifungal properties keeping your ‘bad’ gut bacteria under control while boosting your yeast balance. Garlic is a great source of fuel for bacteria, allowing it to do its job, improving your gut function, and therefore giving your skin the nutrients it needs to glow.
A perfect addition to any freshly squeezed juices, ginger is an immunity booster that helps your stomach produce acid, in turn stimulating the digestive system and helping your body get the most from the nutrients in your food.
We love adding ginger to our green juices or boiling it into a hot water drink as a part of our AM self-care routine.