Did you know that your skin’s health can be directly affected by your gut health?
You see there are 7 general factors that influence and affect the health of your gut from the day you were born and as well as how you were born.
Whether you were a natural or cesarean delivery, early or term baby as well as medications and antibiotics that you might have been given at this time, these factors all influence the foundation and development of your own personal gut microbiome which is still developing and evolving significantly up to the age of 3 years..
You can see by the chart that I have included that there are other factors as well such as sleep, lifestyle, environmental factors, diet and the nutrients that it may or may not be available.
Why is this important you may ask? Well very glad you asked that question because your gut microbiome family are here to help you!! The important tasks that they do and the resulting metabolites that they create each and every day of your life results in allowing you to have healthy organs, bones, muscles, skin, hair and so on. They are vital for processes in your body such as digestion, detoxification, brain function and a healthy nervous system just to name a few.
I have listed a summary of your microbial family and how they assist you. I am sure that you can see as well as agree as you look down the list wow!!! They are amazing!!! From balancing good and bad bacteria in your gut to supporting your immune system, digestion, absorption of nutrients and creating energy, you can see that they are vital to your health and vitality.
Convert sugars to short chain fatty acids for energy
Crowds out harmful bacteria
Digests the food you eat
Assists your body to absorb nutrients such as calcium and iron
Supports a healthy pH (You can monitor this daily by testing your urine)
Supports and maintains the healthy lining and integrity of your digestive tract
Modulates your genes
Neutralises cancer causing compounds
Produces your digestive enzymes
Synthesise B Complex (Thiamine, folate & pyridoxine) and Fat Soluble vitamins (Such as Vitamin K)
Synthesises hormones (a very important task to get right for healthy skin).
Trains the immune system to distinguish friend from foe
What are other factors that may affect your developing gut microbiome?
Early nutritional intake such as the quality, quantity and diversity of the food available
Family size and
Quality of water.
These three factors all have a profound effect on your microbiome, its development, diversity and balance together with the other 7 factors.
What factors will negatively affect the health of your gut microbiome?
Some of these factors you will already be aware of but there may be also some that will surprise you. The more you are able to eliminate these negative influences the more you will positively influence your health, your gut microbiome and your skin.
High Sugar/fruit diet as well as a diet conbtaining a high amount of fast food
Synthetic fats & GMO foods
Antibiotics ( including medications and in the food we eat)
Stress – mental, emotional and physical.
Pesticides & chemicals.
Chemicals that are found in personal care and skin care such as Parabens, SLS & petrochemicals based ingredients
Heavy metals such as Aluminium, arsenic, lead and cadmium ( Found in our environment as well as in cigarettes)
Hygiene – (hygiene theory)
Low dietary levels of Nutrients including Omega 3, Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin D, etc
What can I do to improve and support my gut microbiome?
Well I have a few easy steps that you can add to your day to day routine that will make your gut microbiome very happy. But do remember that routine and frequency are key here. Implementing these changes once or twice and then saying they are not working is not enough. These actions need to become part of your lifestyle and living routine. Find out which ones work for one or include them all!!!
1. Include 2 teaspoons of flaxseed meal a day. This fibre is food for your microbiome and gives them energy to do their work in keeping you healthy.
2. Increase the amount of greens that you eat every day and this can be as easy as a green smoothie in the morning. I have included a green smoothie recipe (check out the recipe page) which is delicious tasting and very easy to make. It give your microbiome and your body lots of nutrients such as Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Vitamin C, B, Zinc, fibre, healthy fats and electrolytes.
3. Drinking a medicinal black tea called pu-erh. You can find out more about this tea when you go to my blog https://www.lsmskincaresolutions.com.au/post/a-recent-study-shows-that-drinking-tea-can-produce-anti-ageing-benefits.
4. Get to bed by 10pm and wake up at the same time every day. A sleep routine is a great way to re-energize as well! The ideal amount of sleep per night is 8-9 hours
5. Daily celery juice is a herbal tonic for the body that is not only a digestive aid but it is also high in vitamin C. I find it great to keep the winter and seasonal changes bugs at bay.
6. Use toxin free body care and skincare. Check our chemical chart for some of the most common harmful chemical that impacts your gut microbiome and your skin’s microbiome.
7. Keep medications taken from over the counter and antibiotics, where possible, to a minimum.
8. Be mindful of your stresses and have strategies to manage them – such as meditation, mindfulness, work/lifestyle balance, schedule fun and play time as well as exercise.
9. Daily exercise – walking, weights, Pilates.
10. Reduce, where possible, your expose to environmental toxins such as cigarettes, car fumes, fly sprays, weed killer, harsh household cleaning products, chlorine and garden sprays.
11. Eat a natural diet filled with seasonal greens, pasture raised meats and have a good relationship with your food.
And most importantly always listen to your body it will lead towards health…
For further support or assistance contact Marian on 0405403948.
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