You are what you eat couldn’t be any truer…
Breaking out as an adult can suck. The reasons why this happens can vary for everyone, but we do know now that the painful ones that are deep beneath the skin often leads to poor gut health.
The skin is not only the largest organ in the body, but it also can reflect your internal state in a physical or visual way.
So, how does your gut impact hormonal acne and what can you do?
You may have unhealthy gut flora…
Gut flora is a complex ecosystem of trillions of bacteria that chill out in the gut. When your stomach is healthy, everything functions properly and your skin generally stays fresh and clear. However, when your flora is off, your body is naturally impacted. It can affect your energy levels and skin.
How to fix this? Add probiotics or prebiotics to your diet, along with fiber-rich vegetables and meals. Try stocking up on fermented foods (if you don’t already have IBD).
You may need to increase your healthy fats…
Don’t be fearful of fat, because the good kind can actually help you not only lose weight but fight breakouts too. Hormones are built from the types of fats we consume, so gut health depends on these healthy fats to digest food and fight inflammation.
What should you add? Olive oil, nuts (ground down), avocado, coconut oil, dark chocolate, coconut yogurt.
You may have leaky gut…
Leaky gut means that your gastrointestinal tract is inflamed. When this happens, it means that food that’s not completely digested enters your bloodstream, leading to breakouts. This is still very ‘new’ news, as experts continue to establish the connection.
However, a good probiotic and anti-inflammatory diet (no gluten, dairy, grains, sugars) can be sure to help heal the leaky gut. Aloe vera juice is also very helpful.
You may have low stomach acid…
Do you struggle with indigestion after meals? You could be lacking in stomach acid. Your pH balance could be off by blocking nutrients from being extracted from the food you eat.
This can cause your meal to sit too long in your stomach, so then it begins to ferment and create high levels of toxicity through your skin.
To solve this problem, you need to decrease acidic foods such as sugar, alcohol, meat, and grains, and eggs. Eat more fruit, veggies and drink lots of water.
So whether it may be a few simple changes to your diet or lifestyle, acne is a sure sign that something could definitely be wrong. And if your bad skin continues to persist, then it’s time to speak to a functional medicine practitioner.