The skincare industry is worth 121 billion dollars, but what if I told you that clear, healthy, glowing skin had less to do with what you put ON your body, and more to do with what you put IN your body. Looking at your skin is an easy way to tell how healthy your gut biome is. Let me explain…
Have you ever struggled to keep your skin looking clear and healthy?
Have you tried every skin cream or treatment out there only to have the problems continue or return after a short amount of time?
No matter how much you wash your face, do you still experience things like acne and rosacea?
Maybe you’re approach is backwards.
When people are trying to clear up their skin, most often they focus on the issue topically. Washing, using various skin care products, masks, expensive oils, etc. Maybe they also drink more water and try to watch their diet – both of which are great ideas and do help.
The truth is, more often than not, your skin is a reflection of what is going on inside your body. So instead of working from the outside in, you need to work from the inside out.
It’s so important to focus on the inside of your body when seeking vibrant skin, but you also need to be aware of what you’re putting on it because chances are there are some toxic chemicals lurking in yourskin products that may be wreaking havoc on your skin’s health.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body and has (approximately) a total area of around 20 square feet. Your skin is a protective organ and keeps everything inside you safe from microbes, chemicals and bacteria.
Your skin is also one of the most important eliminatory organs and is sometimes called “the third kidney” because of it’s responsibility to help release toxins from the body.
The Connection Between Your Outside (Skin) And Your Inside (Gut)
Your gut is full of good bacteria that helps your digestive system process and absorb nutrients. A healthy digestive system has a balance of different types of bacteria to keep it running smoothly and efficiently.
Everything that enters your gut is filtered through the good bacteria and is either sent to the eliminatory system through waste, or pumped to every cell in your body. So what you consume – either through food or applied topically – matters. Big time!
Modern day diet, overuse of antibiotics and exposure to toxins create imbalance in the gut bacteria and lead to an unhealthy gut and thus creating an unhealthy you.
When the gut bacteria is imbalanced it can lead to leaky gut, which means toxins are released into the bloodstream in high amounts.
If you are prone to acne or other skin-related issues, this will generally lead to flare ups and more skin problems. Remember, your skin is a reflection of what is happening inside you.
The Key To Healthy, Radiant Skin Is Simpler Than You Think
I talk about gut health ALL THE TIME and the reasons are obvious: your gut is the beginning of either vibrant health or debilitating disease. Everything pertaining to health starts in the gut. YOUR SKIN IS NO EXCEPTION.
It’s undeniable: the health of your gut and your skin are intimately connected.
Because your skin is the most visible organ of your body, any imperfections are hard to ignore. Thus most people spend a lot of time taking care of their skin. Meanwhile, your gut is the core of your body (and your health!) and is working day and night to keep your system running properly, yet many people ignore it completely.
If you want beautiful skin, it is time to pay attention to your gut, my friend. 🙂
So what is to be done?
There is something very simple and easy that you can make a habit in your life that will improve not only your skin, but your overall health in general. Happy gut = happy you!
On to the star of the show…
Why Probiotics Are One Of The Best Things You Can Add To Your Diet To Take Care Of Your Gut And Thus Your Skin…
Eating probiotic-rich foods and taking a daily probiotic supplement helps to replenish the good bacteria in your gut, keeping it balanced and working efficiently. This means NO leaky gut and less toxins being spilled into your bloodstream to negatively affect your skin.
Dr Whitney P. Bowe, M.D., a certified dermatologist and medical professional talks about the benefits taking probiotics has on our skin.
“While more studies are needed to identify the most beneficial aspects of probiotics and determine whether topical or oral probiotics yield the best results, I think we can expect to see some cutting-edge probiotic products for acne and rosacea in the near future… Until then, I would recommend that patients with acne or rosacea see their dermatologist to talk about adding foods with live active cultures, such as yogurt, to their diets or taking an oral probiotic supplement daily.“
There is more and more research coming out showing that taking probiotics daily may help those with various skin annoyances.
Adding probiotic-rich foods and supplements to your diet may help to keep your gut balanced and healthy, which will ultimately begin to show in your outward appearance with glowing, clear skin.
2 Easy Ways To Get Your Daily Dose Of Probiotics
#1 I always recommend taking a daily Probiotic supplement containing multiple strains from both bifidobacterium and lactobacillus sources. You want at least 10 strains and 10-50 billion CFU’s.
Green Med has gathered a list of over 200 studies that point to the amazing abilities of probiotics and how they can help hundreds of diseases and ailments.
And I’ve got some exciting news, my friend!
If you haven’t already heard, our new Biotic Balance Probiotic is coming soon, complete with 10 different beneficial bacteria strains and 50 Billion CFU’s!
You asked and we listened and I can’t wait to share this amazing labor of love with you all!
The team and I have been taking it daily and all of us have reported a positive impact on our digestion. Paired with daily green juice, I can personally attest to feeling more vibrant and energized, which I didn’t even realize was possible! (I was already bouncing off the walls every day from my green juice so this is amazing!)
Almost all cultures include fermented foods in their diet. Fermented foods provide probiotics (beneficial bacteria), vitamins and enzymes that help keep your digestive system healthy and free of illness and disease.
A lot of people have a hard time getting use to the idea of eating fermented foods. Here is a list of 85 Ways To Eat Fermented Foods,from Savory Lotus just to get you started. 🙂
And here is a sauerkraut recipe from one of our own soon-to-be-released FitLife books:
5 pounds cabbage (about two heads, preferably organic)
3 ½ tablespoons coarse sea salt (unrefined)
You will need a crock or a large non-reactive bowl (glass), a plate that fits snugly inside and something to weigh the plate down. A food grade plastic bucket, a mason jar, or a jug are all options.
Shred the cabbage and place in the bowl or crock you will be fermenting in. Toss with the salt and cover with some kitchen towels. Leave for 15 minutes to an hour to allow the salt to draw out the juices of the cabbage.
Using a mallet, or whatever you have on hand gently pound the cabbage down so that it’s tight fitting in the bowl. Place the clean plate on top and weigh it down with whatever you are using for the purpose. Press down gently, but firmly. The liquid from the cabbage should rise to the top. You will want the liquid to cover the plate with room to spare within in 12-24 hours. If it hasn’t risen above the plate by that point, make up some salt water by mixing one cup of filtered water with one teaspoon of sea salt and use as much as you need. Cover with kitchen towels or a clean pillowcase to protect it from flies and dust.
Each day you will remove the plate, and rinse it. If there is any “scum” on the surface of the water, remove as you much of it as you can with a spoon. Start tasting the sauerkraut after a few days. It will start to sour within a few days and will continue to “ripen” as the days go on. How quickly it ferments will depend on the temperature of your house. We like it after about ten days.The lovely thing is that you can stop the fermentation process when it tastes good to you.
When it’s fermented enough for your taste, Bottle it up in clean mason jars, and place in the refrigerator where it will keep for a long time.
So like I have said so many times before and I will undoubtedly say again and again… you are not just what you eat, but what you absorb. Because probiotics help to keep your system balanced, they also provide an environment for optimal absorption and assimilation of nutrients from the food you eat. Such a bonus!
Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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