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How a modified gut affects the skin

Only when the intestinal flora, the intestinal microbiome, is in balance does our immune system function well and we are protected and efficient. The skin also reflects the microbiological conditions in our intestines - in the best case with a fresh complexion, healthy hair and strong fingernails. If the intestinal microbiome is disturbed, skin diseases can develop, as these four examples show.

The saying "True beauty comes from within!" actually alludes to the beauty of a person's character. But it is also true in terms of charisma, skin, hair, nails and figure. If we don't take good care of ourselves if we smoke, sleep too little or eat too much fast food, then you can often tell from the pale complexion or from pimples and pimples.

Scientists have found that people with skin problems often have an altered gut microbiome and/or gut barrier. Also – not to forget – the gut and the psyche interact with each other. Mental stress, especially if it lasts for a long period of time, can put a heavy strain on the intestinal flora. Unwanted germs then have an easy time getting through the intestinal barrier into the bloodstream and thus into the smallest corners of our body. This causes inflammation favoured and releases free radicals. Now it is only a small step to cause skin problems or aggravate existing ones and to let the skin age faster. And already the suffering increases - the psyche is even more burdened. This ends the vicious circle.

Client with neurodermatitis

A customer showed neurodermatitis, the so-called atopic dermatitis.

It is advisable to have a medical examination of intestinal flora, as it is very common that unfavourable germs will be found been found: Escherichia coli, staphylococci and Clostridia. Medication containing lactobacilli and bifidobacteria should be considered. You should also include probiotics such as yoghurt, sauerkraut or kombucha in your diet. During the following appointments, it could not be overlooked that the condition of the skin and also the mental state of my customer was getting better and better.

Client with rosacea

Suggest your client to check Intestinal as in many cases an increased number of colon bacteria may be found in the intestine. The doctor may prescribe therapy with an antibiotic that acts locally in the intestine but also important is to avoid spicy food and spices, alcohol, hot drinks, oils rich in omega-6 fatty acids and sauna sessions as far as possible. After the antibiotic phase, the client may be recommended to take a Lactobacillus casei supplement to rebuild the intestinal flora and also increase intake of probiotics and diet focus more on whole grain products, low-sugar fruit, lots of salad and vegetables, and a handful of nuts per day.

Client with acne

The pimples and comedones on their face may cause the young person to withdraw more and more from social interaction. Regular appointments for acne treatment with a skin therapist and also advisable to avoid “empty” carbohydrates such as table sugar, white flour products and sweets as well as fast food and to stop smoking. The unwanted gut bacteria thrive best on a “diet” of sugar and fat.

Client with psoriasis

Quite often intestinal flora analysis can show active inflammatory processes in the intestines. It is advisable visiting a doctor re the medication to regulate the overreaction of the immune system. Also, strongly recommended sea fish such as mackerel, salmon or herring (high in omega-3 fatty acids) into your diet. Stop with any alcohol and cigarettes and only eat carbohydrates in moderation.

Important for the healthy intestinal flora and thus for beautiful skin are:

  • a healthy, balanced diet

  • plenty of time and rest while eating

  • now and then a dinner cancellation

  • a gentle preparation of the food

  • whole grain products instead of white flour

  • a high-fibre diet

  • probiotics

Hand in hand

It is now known that skin diseases and a disturbed intestinal microbiome often go hand in hand, even if many other influencing factors play a role in the development of skin diseases. Good intestinal bacteria love fibre (prebiotics), such as those found in chicory, onions, garlic, salsify, artichokes or bananas. And they are grateful for probiotics such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, apple cider vinegar or cheese. In this way, you make an important contribution to a healthy, intact intestinal flora - and thus to the body and soul


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