The skin and gut connection has been recognized as undeniable in the medical community. In fact, most dermatologists will acknowledge that gut issues and skin problems frequently occur together.
And the research is there to confirm the gut-skin connection.
For example, one study investigated 13,000 adolescents. Those with acne were more likely to experience symptoms of gastrointestinal distress like constipation and heartburn. The study found that abdominal bloating, which is a sure sign of intestinal dysbiosis and inflammation, was 37 percent more likely to be associated with acne.
In fact, as far back as 1930, physicians have had evidence to show that:
- Beneficial bacteria can improve inflammatory skin conditions.
- Beneficial bacteria can positively affect psychological symptoms, like depression.
- The health of the gut, brain, and skin are all interrelated.
Beneficial bacteria like Lactobacillus acidophilus, which are found in fermented foods, can help heal intestinal permeability.
Fermented foods naturally heal the gut mucosa and nurture a healthy inner ecosystem. The research suggests that probiotic-rich foods are an essential component in maintaining clear, healthy skin, as well as a clear, healthy mind. Nonetheless, when the gastrointestinal tract and immune system are damaged, even fermented foods can be overdone before the gut has time to heal.
What does this mean? Balance! Be sure to include fermented foods in your diet to take advantage of their gut and acne-healing properties, but be careful not to overdo it.
Overdoing fermented foods before the gut has had time to begin healing and cleansing can aggravate certain conditions, like acne and migraines.
Many fermented foods contain tyramine, arginine, and histamine. These are all molecules that affect your blood vessels. While too much tyramine in the diet can increase blood pressure, it has been found that arginine actually reduces blood pressure. Histamine, the molecule involved in an allergic response, also promotes blood flow. Tyrosine, arginine, and histamine have been found to aggravate chronic migraines.
Common foods that contain large amounts of tyramine are:
- Smoked, aged, or pickled meat
- Most cheeses, especially Stilton
- Yogurt and sour cream
- Soy sauce
- Brazil nuts
Common foods that contain large amounts of arginine are:
- Diary foods
- Wheat germ
Common foods that contain histamine are:
- Fermented foods and beverages, especially sake and wine
So start healing from the inside out. Take a good look at your diet and start including these foods for better health.