Your skin is your body’s largest organ – heard that one before? Good. Then you know that treating it right is a sure-fire way to healthier-looking skin.
Trust us when we say that high quality, low-tox products like our nourishing cleanser go a long way to achieving great skin, but beautiful skin doesn't start and end with what we use in our skincare regime.
Gut health explained
Our gut microbiome is made up of a delicate balance of trillions of good and bad bacteria. In fact, some scientists have dubbed it our second brain because of its power and influence over so many vital bodily functions.
The gut controls many parts of our health and wellbeing, from our energy levels, to our immune responses and skin conditions like eczema.
As the silent workhorse of our bodies, you could say that gut health is a much bigger beauty asset than we often give it credit for - and it pays to look after it.
The gut-skin connection
What we eat plays a big role in building healthy skin. Why? Because what we eat also plays a vital role in our gut health. The healthier our gut, the healthier our skin. This relationship is often referred to as the gut-skin connection.
All the foods we eat influence either the good and bacteria in our gut and over time, this can impact whether we have radiant, blemish-free cheeks or dull, troubled skin.
Which foods should I eat for healthier skin?
Eating a balanced and nutritious diet filled with colourful fruits and vegetables and plenty of fibre is a sure way to improve your gut health and build up the all-important gut-skin connection.
But we’ve made things easy and put together a list of the top 5 skin-loving, gut-friendly foods that are a great way to get all the confidence you need to be sure you’re feeding the good gut bacteria and giving yourself a healthy glow from the inside out.
Our Top 5 Skin-Loving Foods
Eat a variety of nuts and seeds, like almonds and pumpkin seeds, for a hit of skin-loving zinc & vitamin E.
- Enjoy plenty of oily fish like salmon and sardines, which are rich in omega 3s. Not a fan of fish on your plate? Try chia seeds and avocados to get that dose of omega-3s and beauty-boosting healthy fats!
- Don’t neglect your greens! Sneak in extra spinach leaves or rocket into every meal or try blending them into smoothies.
- Add a side of fermented foods to a daily dish, such as kim-chi, sauerkraut or natural yogurt. Fermented foods contain lots of good bacteria to keep your gut heath on track and maintain a good gut-skin connection.
- Include daily vitamin C-packed foods, like strawberries, blueberries and citrus. These are full of antioxidants that protect skin cells against free radicals and helps promote collagen production.
When it comes to skin health, you’re in the driver’s seat. Start by including these gut-friendly, skin-loving foods into your daily nutrition routine and feel good knowing you’re supporting your skin to be the best it can be - from the inside out.
For more health and beauty-related goodness, head over to our blog on Essential Lifestyle Tips For Great Skin!
Written by Katey Knight
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