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The skin – the mirror of the gut

Updated: Oct 4, 2022

Dry, sensitive, itchy or blemished skin - we know how frustrating it is! Especially when you feel that no matter how good a cream, serum or treatment can really make a difference.

The thing is: Your skin might not be to blame for your skin problems at all. Instead, the cause could lie in your gut.The connection between skin & gut The skin - the mirror of the soul? You can often tell our lifestyle by looking at our face. Perhaps we have slept too little, drunk too much alcohol or simply had a lot of stress. Of course, nutrition also plays an important role. Either way, our skin often reflects our lifestyle habits. It looks tired, red, pale or blemished. But it is not only our lifestyle that leaves traces on our skin: The condition of our gut can also have a demonstrable effect on the skin. Studies have shown that patients with skin diseases also have changes in the gut microbiome. In addition, our psyche plays an essential role. Stress primarily has a negative effect on our gut microbiome, which in turn affects our skin. A vicious circle. What many do not know: Research has shown that patients with chronic skin diseases such as rosacea, neurodermatitis and psoriasis often have dysbiosis - an imbalance of bacteria in the gut. Either harmful bacteria have gained the upper hand and/or the diversity is greatly reduced.

What can you do to support your gut and skin health? We have 10 tips for you! (The 10th is the most important!) 1. Nutrition: Your diet forms the basis of a healthy microbiome. So true beauty really does come from within. Choose natural foods and use predominantly plant-based alternatives. The rule here is: diversity instead of superfoods! 2. Sun yes, but not too much: Make sure that your skin sees sunlight every day. Avoid the midday sun, especially in summer. Pay attention to the ingredients of sun creams and use natural cosmetics. 3. Forget the advertising promises and expensive cosmetic products: You don't need a pore-free cleanser or a pH-neutral body wash. If possible, wash mostly with water. Always check the ingredients before you buy, apps like Code Check can be very helpful - you'll be shocked at what's in your skincare products. 4. Exercise: When you exercise, you increase blood flow to your skin, providing it with essential nutrients and oxygen. Exercise has been shown to improve skin health. Try to walk at least 20 minutes a day! 5. Get enough beauty sleep: A study published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Dermatology found that the skin of people who slept seven to nine hours a night was better hydrated, protected and healed than people who slept five hours or less. 6. Avoid constant stress: When stressed, the body releases the hormone cortisol, which in turn raises blood sugar and blood pressure - in this state we are more prone to skin irritations and infections. During your next yoga session, think consciously about your skin. 7. Drink enough water: Drinking more water is the most natural way to achieve the glowing, healthy skin we all want. Your gut microbiome will also thank you for it - because nutrients can only be transported and toxins excreted with sufficient fluids. 8. Avoid toxins like alcohol, cigarettes and sugar: they can affect the good bacteria and feed the pathogenic bacteria. 9. Breathe deeply: Deep breathing flushes excess carbon dioxide from our bodies and replaces it with a rich supply of cell-activating oxygen. This internal pick-me-up improves circulation, invigorates cells and minimises the effects of stress on the skin. 10. Pay conscious attention to your gut and listen to your gut feeling: if your gut is causing problems, you should take these symptoms seriously. A regular microbiome check can be helpful - even without symptoms!Gain insight into your gut microbiome The good news is that there are several simple ways to increase microbial diversity and improve your gut health. Through the myBioma microbiome analysis, you will learn about your microbial composition and which bacteria live in your gut. You get an overall picture of your gut universe and significant insights into your health status. In line with your results, you will receive nutritional recommendations, e.g. to optimise your gut-skin-axis.

Be the best version of yourself!

With Gratitude,

Gabriela Ana

Holistic Health Coach


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