It's been a minute since I've made a blog post, and not because I don't want to but it seemed every time I tried to I'd feel uninspired and couldn't write anything. BUT NOT TODAY! I am chatting to you guys about one of my absolute favourite topics...SKIN. I believe I have had my fair share of experiences with skin issues. From extremely bad breakouts to dry skin to fungal acne and scarring, it's been a challenge to say the least.
Now let me give you a backstory of what's happened to me personally so you understand! Due to my blood clot previously this year, I had to stop taking the pill and was on some serious blood thinners. This caused me to loose my period and essentially make my hormones go whack! As you guys already know, I love finding holistic alternatives to health issues. I did a whole lot of research and I'm going to share with you guys what I found out.
It starts in the gut.
Inside your gut, there are millions of ‘microbial cells’ – bacteria, viruses, and yeasts. There are ‘good’ and ‘bad’ microbial cells – the good keep you healthy and fight off the bad, which are those that cause disease and illness.These cells play an important role in digesting food and keeping you healthy. Interestingly, there are more of these microbial cells than there are human cells. Sometimes, though, there can be an imbalance in your gut microbiome. An imbalance means that there are too many bad bacterial cells or not enough good bacterial cells. Stress, a poor diet, and antibiotic usage can all lead to an imbalance. When the balance of bacteria in your gut is out of whack, there can be inflammation in the body – and that’s where the link to skin health occurs. Our gut microbiome is also home to many hormonal glands and cells.
Gut unhappy = hormones unhappy = skin unhappy. Get my jist?
Now you know how and why your skin is linked to your gut, how do you fix it? I thought it would be easier to do this in sections.
When we are stressed our body releases a hormone called cortisol. In actuality, when this hormone first starts getting released it can be a good thing. Making us feel more energised, faster cognitive function ect. However, when our body starts getting over whelmed with how much cortisol it's producing, it turns into a fight or flight mentality. Making the only way to release this hormone through our skin. Ways to help combat stress is to implement calming activities into our everyday lives. This includes meditation and mindfulness, self care or journaling. It's really up to you!
As I mentioned previously, when we have too many 'bad' bacteria in our gut microbiome it causes inflammation within the body. That's why it's important to try and eat (as much as you can) an inflammatory diet. Now this isn't really a diet, it's just simply cutting out foods that are known to cause inflammation. The most common - Gluten, dairy and sugar. It's also important to make sure we fuel our bodies with gut healing foods such as cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, cabbage), fibre (flax meal, nuts, psyllium husk) and fruit. Basically, just eating super colourful foods and mainly plant based! Click here to read about hormone balancing and more inflammatory foods.
Supplements and skin care.
Did you know that our skin is the biggest organ? That is why it's so important to not only nourish our body with good food and supplements, but to topically treat it well too. What you put on your skin, goes in. Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are those that either mimic or block natural occurring hormones like oestrogen. EDCs are found in cosmetics, fragrances, pesticides (so make sure your fruit and veggies are organic), plastics and so much more. Using plant based, cruelty free and natural skincare is the way to go! Below are my favourites:
In saying all the above, this the research I've done and what's helped me. Everybody is different and I highly recommend seeing a professional, whether that be a naturopath or holistic integrated doctor.
Lots of love,