A healthy gut is the number one most important part of healthy, glowing skin and overall wellness. Many people do not know or even realize this, but I am here to change that. A majority of people who are having problems with their skin have some sort of imbalance in their gut health. The gut is the entire digestive tract, starting from the mouth all the way to the intestines and excretory tracts.

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Addressing gut health is the first and foremost thing you should do when trying to improve your skin or overall health. Most people have an imbalance of bacteria in the gut causing a slew of problems like dry or oily skin, breakouts, eczema, etc. 

It’s very important that you are having regular bowel movements. People don’t like to talk about poop but we’re doing it, sorry. You should be having at least one bowel movement a day. It should be a solid, easy poop and you should not be in there long enough to read a magazine. That is also a sign of poor gut health when you are constipated or having diarrhea or other bathroom problems. If you are having diarrhea that is a huge problem because that means nutrients do not have the time to digest and work correctly, it’s all just going right through you. You also lose a lot of water this way too. If you’re constipated, that is not good either. When we poop, we are excreting the toxins that are in our body. If we are constipated, those toxins are just sitting in your excretory path and can be reabsorbed back into the bloodstream which we really do not want! This is a form of self intoxication. Not good! 

Improving your motility is key for a healthy gut and you will notice for overall health as well. Go back to the basics and make sure you are getting enough water throughout the day and enough fiber in your diet. Incorporate magnesium in the evenings to your diet to improve gut health. Pre and probiotics will also help you to stay regular. These can be taken as a supplement, or you can incorporate pre and probiotic foods into your diet as well such as yogurts, pickled foods, kefir, etc. Eating a good diet and adding in bone broths will improve the integrity of your gut lining so you don’t have leaky gut. Leaky gut is more common than people know and many people have this. That is why it’s so important to eat a healthy diet. 

Some signs and symptoms of poor gut health include:

 •IBS type symptoms (diarrhea, constipation, bloating are all sure fire ways to know that something is not right with your digestion.) 

•Eczema and other skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, really dry or oily skin can all be because of imbalances in the digestive system. 

•Allergies are also connected with gut health. Our immune system and gut health go hand in hand. 

•A baby that has been delivered by Cesarean section is at a higher risk of having poor gut health. This is because when the baby is delivered, the first bacteria they get is from whatever is on the hands/gloves of the doctors, in the room, on the table, etc. Whereas a baby born vaginally will experience the mother’s flora as it’s first exposure. That is why it is SO important to be healthy in general, but in pregnancy especially. When the baby is coming out of the birth canal is when it will get the first bacteria to help it through life and if you are mom, then it’s your bacteria baby is going to use. So you want to make sure you are healthy so that the bacteria will help your baby. 

•Moods like anxiety or depression are linked to poor gut health. If you are suffering from depression, there is an inflammation in the gut. 

•Eating things that we are intolerant to or sensitive to can inflame the gut. 

•Being overweight is a symptom of poor gut health. Toxins bind to fat and if you are overweight, having all these extra toxins binding with no way to get out is self intoxication! 

•Malabsorption or deficiencies are a sign of poor gut health showing that something is out of balance in your gut.

•You can also have no digestive type symptoms at all but still have poor gut health. It is important to look at all the reasons and improve our gut health first and foremost for our own health and wellness. 

The gut has it’s own little ecosystem residing inside of all of us. It has thousands of bacterias, yeast and fungi. All of these work together like the circle of life and balance to carry out proper functions. Some bacteria feed others, while some balance others. It is very important that this ecosystem stays balanced. When you come in with an antibiotic, you can kill off certain strains of the bacteria that was needed and throw off the entire gut ecosystem. 

Having good gut health is the number one most important thing you can do for your overall health and wellness. Keeping this in balance and staying healthy are key for optimum gut health. When our gut works correctly, our whole body will work more harmoniously together.

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