skin and gut

How can your gut health influence you skin health and conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis?

One of the first steps to treating skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis is to understand how gut health influences the immune system.

We now know the gut is a very powerful interface through which we can modulate the immune system. If any issues should arise in the function or the structure of the gut this can have profound harmful effects on our wellbeing.

A potential shift in the gut microbiome, the tissue lining or the quality of the gastric secretions can result in a rise in the inflammatory processes. In the literature we are now able to identify a clear link between gut health and skin health. A skin dysfunction could be indicative of a deeper dysfunction in the gastrointestinal tract.


How exactly does gut function support skin health?

Insufficient digestive secretions will inadvertently impact on nutrient absorption resulting in deficiencies such as iron and zinc. These nutrients play a pivotal role in maintaining healthy skin, there is also a direct link with severity and type of acne correlated with low zinc levels.

Sufficient stomach acid is also essential in optimal gastrointestinal pH levels. Our gastrointestinal pH levels are essential to minimise proliferation of pathogens.

Here at Hardy Nutrition we ahve been delving into the science behind skin and gut health. If you would like support with nutritional interventions for the treatment of acne, eczema or psoriasis please make an appointment today.