The quest for radiant, glowing and youthful skin is nothing new. And since our skin is a direct reflection of what’s going on inside of our bodies, it’s not enough to rely solely on creams and serums, we first need to start on the inside to achieve our truest beauty potential on the outside.
Did you know that your digestive system plays a huge role in how radiant (or dull) your skin looks? Yes, it’s true! While many of us understand the benefits of eating a healthy diet and avoiding processed junk foods, we generally don’t think much about what is going on “behind the scenes” after we’ve eaten.
One of the many functions of the digestive system is to remove toxins from the body via elimination. But it’s also the place where nutrients are absorbed so the rest of the body can use them.
If the digestion system cannot function properly (ie: due to poor diet), the result ultimately is acne, rosacea and other skin issues!
So, how can we ensure that everything is working as it should so that our skin doesn’t suffer?
Here are few things you can do that will help:
1)Stay away from sugar!! Besides causing your waistline to expand, sugar can do some serious damage to your digestive system, which will ultimately show up on your face! When sugar is consumed, be it refined or even from healthy options such as grains, complex carbs or high glycemic fruits, blood sugar levels rise and then quickly fall, triggering an inflammatory response.
This inflammation can not only cause break-outs, but it can cause wrinkles as well by destroying collagen and elastin. Sugar also feeds Candida, which can also affect how your skin looks as well as cause gas, bloating, and other unpleasant issues. If you have trouble curbing that sweet tooth, try sipping on some mint tea or warm water with lemon throughout the day to help satisfy your craving!
2)Stay hydrated!Pure water is your skin’s best friend when it comes to hydration! Drinking plenty of water helps to flush toxins out of the body and carry nutrients to where they are needed (like skin cells). So drink up, but make sure to sip throughout the day and not guzzle a ton at once, as that can cause bloating! Also, try and not drink water with your meals as that can dilute stomach acids and interfere with digestion. And if drinking plain water seems boring to you, try adding some lemon or lime for extra flavor and collagen boosting vitamin C! Another tip is to “eat your water” by consuming vegetables that have a high water content (think cucumber and lettuce) to get the hydration you need!
3)Try cutting out the gluten! If you’ve found that your skin is still breaking out or looking less than stellar no matter how healthy you are eating, check your gluten consumption. Even if you don’t have Celiac’s Disease you may be sensitive to gluten. Eating gluten can cause intestinal inflammation which can adversely affect the healthy flora in your gut thus in turn affecting your skin! So try cutting out any products that contain gluten and see how you feel!
By addressing what goes on inside of our bodies, we address what happens on the outside too!