Good digestive health is essential for good skin. The role of the digestive system is to provide us with nutrition from food and to clear waste products from this process. If the digestive system is overworked or underactive, waste products have to be eliminated via another bodily system. The skin is one of our backup waste elimination systems and if the digestive system is not working well enough, our skin can suffer. The connection between a healthy gut and healthy skin is evident in one particular clinical trial in which 50% of patients with severe acne had increased blood levels of toxins that had not been eliminated but rather reabsorbed from the intestines. This highlights the role of poor digestive function as a potential underlying cause of acne.
To really get to the underlying cause of your acne, we need to establish whether your digestive system is operating well or not. The digestive system quite complex and incorporates a number of different organs all of which can be performing sub-optimally (this doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with the organ itself, just that it may not be functioning as well as it could). It is therefore important to evaluate the whole digestive system, not just assume your acne is due to low hydrochloric acid levels or poor detoxification, which are commonly cited causes.
This is where the final stage of digestion occurs. Waste products from the food we eat is collected and processed into faeces (waste). The large intestine also helps to maintain the body’s fluid balance, absorbs vitamins such as B12 and processes undigested fibre.
Issues such as the slow transit time of waste materials can cause toxins and hormones that the body is trying to eliminate to be re-absorbed into the blood stream. A balance of healthy bacteria in the large intestine is also essential. Imbalance in healthy to unhealthy bacteria can lead to issues such as Candida, yeast infections and microbial overgrowth.
To evaluate your digestive health answer the following questions. Based on your answers, you can rate the health of your large intestine and get an indication of your digestive health.
There are many ways you can support good elimination:
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