How our gut health can affect the way our skin looks
The skin is our largest organ system and it serves as a window to our digestion, immune function, and even levels of inflammation in the body. The gut and skin are very similar- both organs are intensely vascularized and they have an impact on our immune and neuroendocrine functions. The inner surface of the gut and the outer surface of the skin are both covered by epithelial cells which have direct interaction with the outside environment. The foods we eat have a huge impact on our gut microbiome which can heavily influence the health of our skin.
The “Gut-Skin Axis” describes this relationship. Changes in the composition of the gut microbiome have been increasingly linked to a wide range of skin conditions. The trillions of microbes that live in our gut play an important role in our overall appearance too.
Interestingly, many skin disorders are accompanied by altered gut bacteria, as well as altered skin flora. Dysbiosis in the skin and/or gut microbiome is associated with altered immune responses, promoting the development of skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, acne vulgaris, and even dandruff.
Diversity in our microbiota has been linked to a healthy intestinal barrier, and optimal nutrient absorption. An imbalance in any of these functions can lead to changes in our skin so maintaining a healthy gut microbiota is vital for healthy, vibrant skin.
Gut-Renew contains prebiotics and postbiotics which help promote microbial diversity, clear skin and gut barrier function.
- Prebiotic (2’FL): This human milk oligosaccharide supports immune function and microbial diversity which helps support skin flora
- Postbiotic (Butyrate): This short chain fatty acid supports the gut wall lining and promotes metabolite formation which helps support skin integrity.