How your gut affects your looks. We’ve all heard of the Brain-Gut connection, and how what we eat affects our mood.
But have you heard of the Skin-Gut connection?
This blog will discuss how certain foods we eat can lead to low-grade inflammation within our bodies, which has a direct impact on our skin’s health.
What is low-grade inflammation?
Low grade-inflammation is caused by an intolerance to certain foods. This inflammation starts in the gut, wrecking havoc on our gut flora and causing inflammation and irritation that can be felt, but more worryingly can also be silent.
This type of inflammation can be very toxic, lingering for years and if not dealt with can lead to our organs becoming damaged. One major organ being our skin.
This inflammation can lead to chronic conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne rosacea and acne vulgaris, and can also accelerate the aging process.
Some examples of foods that may cause inflammation in the body if you have an intolerance are: Carbohydrates, dairy, and yeast.
A person could suffer with a chronic skin condition like acne for years because of a specific food intolerance. They may try to treat the condition topically, using many different skin care products. However, this will be to no avail if their food intolerance goes unknown.
How to treat low-grade inflammation
- Find out what foods you are intolerant to by getting tested
- Avoid consuming foods you are sensitive to
- Eat more polyphenols. For example, Colourful fruits and vegetables packed with antioxidants.
- Consume anti-inflammatory omega-3 essential fatty acids (fish, nuts, avocados).
- Increase your intake of different herbs and spices. For example, turmeric is highly anti-inflammatory
Ultimately, if you want to improve the appearance of your skin you need to start in the gut! A healthy, well-balanced gut will in turn produce healthy, nourished skin cells.
Anti-inflammatory products at VClaire
An anti-inflammatory diet should be complemented by anti-inflammatory skin care.
- For redness and sensitivity try Hydraflore Anti-Redness Serum. Damascus rose will reduce inflammation and irritation.
- For Acne try Centella Rebalancing Serum. Mandarin oil purifies and rebalances oil production. Centella Asiatica reduces inflammation.
- For Dryness try Centella Hydra-plumping Cream. Hyaluronic acid increases moisture levels in the skin.
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