Gut health and skin health

May 1, 2019

It's no secret that environmental factors such as pollution, stress, and hormonal changes can be triggers for your skin, but did you know that what you consume on a daily basis can also cause skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, and eczema?! If there is an imbalance with your gut and immune system you will see those effects reflected on your skin, which is why it is so important to eat a well balanced diet. By eating a diet rich in fiber and probiotics, you're helping to maintain a healthy gut microbiome.

Our gut microbiome is made up of thousands of different good bacterial species whose key roles include aiding in digestion, nutrient absorption, vitamin synthesis, stimulating your immune system, and the production of anti-inflammatory molecules. If we fail to nourish and protect our gut microbiome, it becomes unbalanced which can lead to inflammation and annoying breakouts!

To help keep your gut healthy and happy, try incorporating probiotics into your daily routine. You can take probiotics in the form of a pill or you can eat fermented foods such as yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut. Rich foods high in fiber such as bananas, apples, spinach, carrots, broccoli, brown rice, and whole grain breads will help to fuel your friendly bacteria! 

Now that we've covered how you should nourish your gut flora, what are we going to do about anxiety and stress?? whenever you feel these emotions you produce the stress hormone cortisol and your gut definitely feels it! Cortisol causes the skin to release excess sebum oil which can block your pores and cause you to breakout. To prevent this from happening it's important to keep anxiety and stress under control by exercising which helps to release endorphins (feel good hormones) and it even helps to generate butyrate which reduces inflammation. Making sure you get a solid night's sleep each night is also key to maintaining a healthy gut; sleep is when your body (including your gut) undergoes repair and rejuvenation so make it a priority to get those zzzz's in!

Having beautiful skin is of course reflected from the inside out, however, your skin is your biggest organ so it's also ideal to help restore your skin's natural function by using natural skincare products that offer layers of protection and benefits! Both our Oxygen Serum and Oxygen Mist help to nourish, protect, and hydrate your skin while also helping to reduce redness and skin irritations!

To sum it all up...keep your gut, skin, and most importantly YOURSELF happy by exercising, eating a balanced diet, getting enough rest and treating yourself to the benefits of an all natural skincare routine.

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