On Saturday I will be 6 weeks postpartum. Eeeek cannot believe how quickly it’s gone! Now more than ever I appreciate what it means to look after yourself from the inside out. I’m all about my skincare routine as I’ve always felt It’s more important to have healthy great skin so you don’t need to wear make up (trust me I’ve worn make-up twice since giving birth!) but now I’ve had a baby my body has changed so much I want to get back to feeling healthy on the inside.
Pretty much anything that malfunctions on the outside of our bodies indicates something has gone wrong on the inside; skin included. Sure, there are a ton of factors to consider like general sensitivity, acne, and allergies—but even some of those things can link directly to our gut.
Think of your gut as the brain for your skin. When the former is out of sync, it’s going to let us know in some pretty obvious ways. Now if my skin flares up I know there are deeper issues I need to look into.
Grasp the Connection
Healthy, radiant skin usually reflects a healthy gut; however, skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, and acne typically indicate that something’s not quite right.
Check for Leaky Gut Syndrome
Digestive issues, skin flare-ups, chronic fatigue, and aches/pains are all common symptoms of
leaky gut, a condition that could also be the culprit behind problematic skin. When our intestinal lining is working properly, it forms a tight barrier, which controls what is absorbed into our bloodstream. However, a compromised gut lining allows toxins, undigested food particles, and bad bacteria to ‘leak’ out of your intestines and to then travel throughout your body via your bloodstream.
The immune system marks foreign substances as threats and therefore attacks them. What you’ll see as a result could be inflammation, which is your body’s way of telling you that it’s working to fight off these things that do not belong. things like drugs, alcohol, gluten, and processed foods can damage the lining of the gut wall, leading to an imbalance of bacteria and yeast called dysbiosis.
Rashes, rosacea, and hives are common skin flare-ups that can come from gut dysbiosis. Easy to cure through vitamins and better diet.
Unfortunately, a leaky gut can be difficult to detect. The only symptom might be inflammation in the skin in the form of acne, rosacea, eczema, stinging, burning, or chronically dull complexion. And while all of these will likely raise a brow for you, you may not link it to what you’re ingesting. Some people develop symptoms like bloating or gastrointestinal discomfort.
Monitor What You Eat
That age-old adage “you are what you eat” definitely applies here. Your diet has a direct impact on the health and radiance of your skin.
Switch Up Your Snacking
Overhauling everything that you eat in the name of good skin can be daunting. It’ll definitely take some discipline and the breaking of old habits, but clear skin that starts in your gut is definitely achievable. During my pregnancy I had so much chocolate, ice cream and coke!! Coke is 100% my vice – so first thing i’m doing is cutting out coke and anything sweet!
Add Probiotics for Gut Strength
Another way to boost both good bacteria internally and a healthy glow on the outside is by adding an oral probiotic to your regimen. Oral and topical probiotics support the health of the ‘good bugs’ that make up our microbiome, to keep our gut and skin healthy. They fight bad bacteria, help regulate the immune system by working to control inflammation, and keep your gut lining strong so that it doesn’t leak. I take plexus Probiotic nightly, I just take 1 capsule.
And Don’t Forget Prebiotics
Eating a diet rich in prebiotic and probiotic foods, as well as consuming collagen and bone broth, can help heal the gut lining. Lipman says that probiotics (such as yogurt and tempeh) in particular are essential for repopulating the good bacteria in the gut. Luckily for me I have a yogurt nightly!
Prebiotics, on the other hand, are a form of fiber that we cannot digest, but they get consumed by the “good” bugs in our gut to benefit us. As our guts metabolize these otherwise nondigestible foods, they produce short-chain fatty acids that help us meet our own energy needs.
Prepare for Breakouts
Fair warning as you work to reboot your system—breakouts are to be expected. As your system purges the impurities that were flooding your system that your skin may get worse before it gets better, but again, this again varies per person. Drink lots of water, do a gentle cleanse, enjoy some infrared sauna sessions, and practice stress-relieving techniques daily.
I drink plexus slim once a day in the morning along with prenatal vitamins. Already I feel so much better! What I haven’t felt since giving birth is feeling bloated (I just look it !!!) on Friday I get all clear from doctor to start exercising so I can then start working on the outside as the inside has been taken care of!