When the gut is healthy– i.e, not carrying undigested putrefied food instead of cleansing, healing phytonutrients such as fiber from fresh fruits and vegetables, it performs its functions well and more often than not, this reflects on the skin. It will look young. In the same light, there is also a clear association between digestive disorders and skin problems. SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) is 10 times more prevalent in people with acne rosacea than in healthy controls while most patients with Crohn’s disease and Celiac disease have cutaneous manifestations such as dermatitis herpetiformis, vitiligo, mucosal lesions and alopecia.
Attacking The Source of The Problem
Whenever, you encounter any of these skin problems, you should best attack the source of the problem using the 3R approach: Remove, Reinoculate and Repair.
In Remove, we start with the top foods whose consumption is likely to result in digestive problems. Wheat and processed dairy are the two most common ones. If you have been having allergies, skin and digestive issues for a long time, it is important to remove anything that remotely resembles wheat and dairy this includes all the gluten grains (wheat oats, barely, rye and spelt). Processed dairy products are called stagnating foods since they are very difficult to digest. Instead, they stay lodged in the gut for an extended duration because there is no fiber to move it out and they may start creating pus filled sores inside the large intestine walls. This is why it has to be Removed from the diet.
The second step to fixing these problems is to Reinoculate. Your gut has some good bacteria living in it that keep things working properly. They are a major component of your immune system but they can get wiped when you don’t observe what you eat. Your gut will not hold on and absorb certain nutrients needed for skin health without help from these bacterial friends. Drinking yogurt alone will mostly solve the problem but you should always be on some type of probiotic whether you have digestive health concerns or not. The good bacteria will replace the bad and this way, your immune system will be in top op shape all year round.
The third and last action you need to take is Repair. There are specific nutrients you should consume in order to repair the lining of your digestive track. If the gut gets any sort of damage and becomes “leaky,” you must do something to repair the lining. If this is not done, the effects will show on your skin. The first step in repair is to ensure that you are consuming all the nutrients required to make the healing happen. You will need to consume lots of green leafy vegetables (collard greens, Swiss chard, kale, and other lettuces) and cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower/broccoli) with each meal. Ensure that you eat them steamed until soft. You can only go back to eating raw vegetables after the gut lining has repaired itself and all the skin conditions have been eliminated.
To complete the repair, you also need to work on the lining itself. A quality liquid aloe supplement is probably the best way to speed up repairing yogurt. Other great foods for repair are okra and organic Virgin coconut oil. Ingesting one tablespoonful per day during the repair stage as well as applying the oil directly on the rashes will go a long way in making your skin look young and healthy again.
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