The Leaky Gut & Skin Connection

In today's modern society, leaky gut is a growing condition that is happening to millions of people. Unfortunately, leaky gut is something that not only affects the digestive system, but is often linked to things like food allergies, joint pain, skin conditions and more. One of the biggest warning signs of leaky gut syndrome usually starts in the form of food sensitivities. Eventually, leaky gut symptoms start showing up in the form of IBS, anxiety and fatigue just to name a few.

Leaky gut is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes weak or damaged due to microbes, pesticides, parasites, congested liver, GMOs, pharmaceutical drugs, processed foods, heavy metals and environmental toxins. Eventually allowing toxic waste to leak through the intestinal walls and flood the blood stream. A common beauty symptom of a leaky gut is when these foreign substances entering the blood stream cause inflamed dry itchy skin, often referred to as "leaky skin". This has science digging deeper into the gut-skin connection and how it plays a role in things like eczema, rosacea, dermatitis, acne and psoriasis.

Another problem with leaky gut is that it can cause malabsorption of vital minerals and nutrients, including zinc, iron and vitamin B12 which are essential when it comes to maintaining healthy hair, skin and nails. As the liver becomes stagnant and congested, it lowers hydrochloric acid in the stomach, continuing to damage the lining and causing inflammation.

What to eliminate and integrate to heal:

  • Eliminate foods and GMOs such as corn, soy, wheat and sugar (not from fruits). These are often heavily treated with pesticides that harm our ancient healthy gut microbiota. Buy and eat in abundance local and organic fruits and veggies, grow your own instead, follow the dirty dozen and clean fifteen lists. Foods such as celery juice, spinach, sweet potatoes, melons, squash and avocados help heal the gut lining and nourish the skin.
  • Avoid conventional meats, poultry and farmed fish. Always buy grass fed and finished beef, organic poultry and wild fish whenever possible.
  • Remove all toxic oils from the diet such as Canola, vegetable, corn, soy and margarine. Use unrefined, raw and first pressed olive, coconut, sesame and avocado oils instead.
  • Reduce conventional dairy and eggs which feed microbes and bad bacteria that target the gut lining. Eat local organic cage free eggs, raw, non-homogenized, low pasteurized dairy, or try dairy free cheeses instead.
  • Remove gluten, processed foods, sodas and preservatives that inflame gut lining. Go gluten free and integrate healthy grains such as oat, rice, millet, quinoa and buckwheat instead.
  • See a biological Dentist to address heavy metals such as mercury, root canals and cavitation's in the mouth. Use natural non-toxic oral health products instead.
  • Eliminate people pleasing, self-doubt, insecurity and toxic codependency that create imbalance in the solar plexus chakra energy field which governs the gut and the skin collectively. Instead work on boundaries, decision making and accountability.
  • Eliminate all toxic beauty, body, hair and nail products to reduce toxic chemicals that congest the liver and harm the gut. Use and support clean non-toxic brands that utilize safe, natural and sustainably sourced ingredients such as the ones featured at Citrine Beauty.
  • Stop ignoring your gut feelings, intuition and self-respect. The energy to these emotions reside in the gut and when left un-addressed can result in feeling uncomfortable in your own skin.
  • Stop avoiding the Sun. The solar plexus is governed by the healing sun which invites the skin to absorb vitamin D and other healing components that reduce microbes, as well as parasites in the liver and gut.
  • Nourish the gut with probiotics, digestive enzymes, fermented foods, vitamins and minerals.
  • Integrate healing roots such as ginger, marshmallow (not the fluffy ones, ha!), turmeric, licorice and dandelion to soothe gut and nourish skin. Drinking The Beauty Chefs Gut Primer Inner Beauty Support daily not only contains many of these healing roots and more but may help support all facets of gut and skin healing from the inside out.

And lastly, understand that you are not broken and were perfectly built. Often times diagnosis such as these can become more difficult to deal with, taking a toll on how we feel not only on the inside but on the outside as well. One of the best things you can do is integrate one thing a day from the list shared above to nourish one aspect of the mind, one aspect of the body and one aspect of the spirit daily. Before you know it, you will feel and see the positive changes taking place in your life and health collectively.

Natasha @simpleorganix

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