Our gut is where roughly 70-80% of our immunity is. If you have a well-functioning digestion system, your overall health is probably better than the majority of the population, meaning that overall inflammation is likely to be much lower in those without gut issues. That old adage that we become what we eat, could never be truer. Consider the diet high in saturated fats, salt and sugar. Even a few days of this sort of diet can lead to a break out, bloating, and a clogged digestive track. Further, what we eat effects our brain function which translates into mood alteration, lethargic thinking and ultimately depression.
Probiotics are all the rage because these drinks, shots, yogurts and concoctions boost the gut in creating a bacterial haven. A nicely balanced gut filled with many different types of bacteria us our natural state. However, antibiotics, poor diet and various other health conditions steal the balance we naturally produce.
Good bacteria strengthen the lining of the gut,” says Liu. “We know that low levels of this good bacteria and higher levels of pathogens like bad bacteria, fungi [yeast], or viruses can increase gut permeability, enlarging the microscopic gaps between the gut cells. Minute microbial toxins are then able to pass through these gaps into your system. Your immune system then detects these invaders, overreacts, and causes inflammation.” And acne, in case you hadn’t guessed, is an inflammatory condition. Rosacea is flared by this sort of intestinal crisis. Congested combination skin is also made worse by the gut acting from an unhealthy state.
Fortunately, it doesn’t take a lot for the gut to return to a harmonious state. It does take some attentiveness to diet and general health. For instance, if you had a serious cold and were prescribed a round of antibiotics, a week’s worth of attentiveness to the gut is essential.