The gut-skin connection – why bacteria hold the key to flawless skin  

I have been running my Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Digestive Health and Gut Disorders clinic since 2005, and in my practice as a digestive health specialist, I treat my patients following a holistic and wholistic approach to their health and wellness.

My practice is underpinned by these core beliefs:

  • Illness occurs if the body is out of balance
  • The whole person should be treated, not just the disease or the symptoms
  • The body can heal itself and maintain a healthy state if given the right conditions

Beauty and good health go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other, and they most certainly cannot coexist in harmony if the health of your gut is in any way compromised. At least 50% of the patients who come to see in my clinic with their digestive disorders also have an issue with their skin – they complain that their skin looks dull, grey, and sallow, or they’re struggling with spots, eczema or psoriasis.

Both beauty and good health depend very much on how your digestive system and gut are functioning – is your food being digested properly? Are important nutrients, vital for healthy skin, being absorbed effectively, ensuring that there are no ‘endo-toxins’ leaking out of the gut into the bloodstream? That can be catastrophic for our general health, potentially causing auto-immune diseases and affecting the health of our skin.

With more than 80% of the body’s immunity located in the gut, it’s hardly surprising that what is living in there is going to have a significant impact on our overall health. There is strong evidence that suggests that the balance of bacteria in our gut may have an effect on several areas of our health – from our body fat to our mental health, and yes, to our complexion.

Skin problems can often be the result of chronic inflammation both in the digestive system and gut, and the tissues of the skin. It is therefore vital to ensure that your skincare programme incorporates dietary and lifestyle measures that help minimise the root cause of degenerative changes to the skin, i.e. chronic inflammation, as well as maintaining a healthy balance of gut bacteria to keep the immune system strong. Looking after your immune system has enormous benefits on all organs of the body, including the skin.

While not all skin complaints are caused by an imbalance in the gut flora, it is a significant piece in the jigsaw, and the bottom line is if you want clear, healthy skin, you need to start from the inside – gut first – and establish the right balance between good and bad bacteria.  My Just For Tummies Live Bacteria capsules are a vital ingredient in supporting and maintaining a healthy ‘internal skin’ but they may also have a positive impact on your ‘external skin’. Taking a daily Live Bacteria capsule may help to heal your skin, leaving you glowing with good health.

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Live bacteria are truly magic; they really can bring about life-changing results, addressing a much broader range of health issues than you might expect – in a nutshell, they nurture our wellbeing starting from the inside and working outwards so that we radiate vitality and a naturally happy and healthy appearance.

Linda x


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This study was done on rosacea sufferers. They were found to have SIBO (assessed via the lactulose mannitol breath test) and the treat