What is this gut skin axis? It keeps cropping up in the news and in published medical journals. By the way, you can catch Part I by clicking this hyperlink.
The connection is powerful. Simply stated the skin and the gut have a direct connection. Mainly, through inflammation markers that your gut regulates.
This is an important part of your health. Everyone wants glowing, beautiful skin. So, let’s talk about how these two interact and how to create the complexion you want.
What if you could heal your skin disease by healing your gut? What if glowing skin was right around the corner for you?
What’s going on between the Gut and the Skin?
The gut regulates so many functions in the body. The truth is that if you can heal your gut you can heal any disease.
I can confidently state this, again, because of the science. Almost all disease stems from inflammation in your body. Whether you’re dealing with obesity, acne or a terminal illness.
This truth is where we will begin to peel back the layers of this onion. Your gut regulates the inflammation in your body. It does this in one of two ways.
The gut regulates the production of Cytokines. A Cytokine is a small protein that plays a significant role in the regulation of the immune response and inflammation.
If your gut is in poor health it will not produce the proper amounts of Cytokines and your body will run wild with inflammation.
Secondly, your gut can influence inflammation through what is called Leaky Gut. The research reveals time and time again the dance between inflammation and Leaky Gut.
Leaky gut allows foreign particles to leach into your blood stream. Because the gut lining has been compromised, you suffer from undigested food leaking into your blood.
Your body does not like having pieces of bread floating around in the blood stream. These pieces of food create major immune responses. Inflammation flares up and you’re going to experience some sort of reaction.
For some people, Leaky Gut can create major acne, psoriasis or eczema. It will depend on where the inflammation tends to show up in your body.
Others may experience heart failure, brain disorders, joint inflammation and even cancer. Again, inflammation in the body is not good. So, not being able to regulate it or put a stop to it will create symptoms.
Age Old Wisdom?
The connection of gut health and skin health isn’t new to the science community.
Some of the first scientists to explore the topic were John Stokes and Donald Pillsbury. Over 70 years ago they surmised that skin health was affected by gut health.
Their hypothesis was that mental and emotional stress had a direct impact on your gut health. Having depression or anxiety would impact your microbiome in your gut and thus cause reactions on the skin.
They weren’t far from the truth. We know now that the mind and gut have a direct relationship. Having poor gut health effects brain health and having poor attitudes directly impacts gut health.
Bifidobacterium As A Cure For Acne?
Scientists have gone much further than Stokes and Pillsbury in their research. The science community is beginning to single out specific strains of bacteria that will heal acne and skin conditions.
In some recent literature it was proven that certain strains of Bifidobacterium will reduce the viability of P. Acnes, the acne causing bacteria.
Bifidobacterium is the same bacteria found in mother’s milk, if present in the mother, and in raw cow’s milk. Sadly, once pasteurized the milk is devoid of it.
Funny as that is, you need bifidobacterium to digest milk. In other words, don’t eat pasteurized milk if you want to heal your skin.
Next week we’re going to do a deep dive into the how. How do you heal SIBO and how do you eat to heal your skin. Once it’s available you can click the link here: