Welcome to Week 3 – The Gut/Skin Connection – How Your Digestion and Skin are Related

The skin supports a delicate ecosystem of microorganisms, including yeast and bacteria.  One square inch of skin holds up to 500 million microorganisms, which is equivalent to the size of a pea! When most of us think of microorganisms we think of bad things, but microorganisms such as probiotics help keep the bad microbes in check and maintain healthy skin.  Your gut is also lined with bacteria – both good and bad.  Many nutritionists believe that your gut health is reflected in your skin.  When gut flora are out of balance, people experience allergies and overall inflammation.  Antibiotic use, stress, travel, and poor diet can disrupt the balance of the skin and gut bacteria and cause red, puffy skin, rashes, inflammation, and even acne and psoriasis.  A proper diet, rich in both pre- and probiotics can help maintain your healthy bacterial balance and in turn give you healthy skin. 

The challenge this week:  Consume 1 serving of probiotic rich foods or a supplement every day.

What foods contain probiotics and how can you reach your goal?

  • Yogurt (check label for live active cultures)
  • Keifer
  • Sauerkraut
  • Miso, tempeh and natto (fermented soy foods)
  • Kimchi
  • Buttermilk
  • Fortified foods like  cottage cheese and/or other foods fortified with probiotics
  • Probiotic supplements like Culturelle, Pearls and Align

Later this week we will talk more about the difference between pre- and probiotics and explain more about how healthy bacteria help us to achieve and maintain healthy, clear skin.

Let’s continue to consume those fabulous phytonutrients from plant foods along with the healthy fats we discussed last week.  This week add the daily serving of healthy probiotics to your diet as we make small changes each week towards developing an overall healthy eating program for fabulous skin.