It’s little to no surprise that, with our microbiome having such wide and varied knock-on effects outside of our digestion, that it also can affect (positively or negatively) our largest organ: our skin.
Carla Oates, IKIGAI Thought Leader and founder of The Beauty Chef – a range of prebiotic and probiotic supplements created to boost gut-health – explains the link:
“A healthy [microbiome] has been proven to have positive impacts on immunity (therefore reduce the severity of skin allergy conditions such as eczema), reduce skin inflammation (a leading cause of prematurely ageing skin), boost cellular antioxidant capacity, defend the lining of the intestine, increase the bioavailability of nutrients and improve the assimilation of nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.”
As Carla affirms, “the gut is where you make neurotransmitters, metabolise hormones, neutralise pathogens, eliminate toxins and manufacture nutrients. So, the state of your microbiome has a profound impact on your mood, weight, skin, immunity and overall wellbeing”.
With this research behind us, it sends a strong message that, whoever we may be and whatever health issues we may or may not be experiencing, even the healthiest of us can benefit from taking steps to support our bodies in maintaining a healthy gut.