Could your acne be caused by poor digestion?
Did you know that more than 80% of the body’s immune system is located in your gut? That being said, problems with the gut and digestion can manifest itself in a number of health issues, including acne. In fact, poor digestion (along with hormonal imbalances) is one of the leading underlying causes of acne!
Do you have a healthy digestive system?
In order to have a healthy digestive system, your body needs three things: stomach acid, gut flora (good bacteria) and an intact gut wall.
- Stomach acid: It’s estimated that more than 40% of acne sufferers don’t have enough stomach acid. Stomach acid is needed for the body to break down proteins, absorb minerals, and alert your digestive system to get to work.
- Appropriate gut flora: You have a lot of bacteria residing in your gut, some good, some bad, and you definitely want the good guys to be the most prevalent. This good bacteria help you out tremendously by absorbing the much needed nutrients in your food and minimizing inflammation.
- An intact gut wall: In some circumstances, your gut wall can get so irritated that it opens up and starts letting things into your bloodstream that it shouldn’t, like undigested food, bad bacteria, and all sorts of toxins. Your body then reacts to these things in whichever way it is predisposed to. In other worlds, gut problems can manifest themselves into a gazillion different diseases and health problems, and one that is particularly linked to this exact gut pathology is skin problems.
Many people lack one or more of the above without even knowing it. Most often, these issues are a result of a poor diet – a diet high in processed foods, refined sugars and dairy – as this triggers inflammation in the body and wrecks havoc on the makeup of your intestinal bacteria.
How to improve your digestion
- Eat digestion-friendly foods such as vegetables fish and rice, and consume less wheat, sugar, deep-fried food, coffee and alcohol.
- Cut processed foods, refined sugar and dairy from your diet.
- Boost your healthy bacteria by taking probiotics. These come in powders, capsules and drinks (but the last cost more and can be sugary). The probiotics that we recommend to our clients is Jarrow Formulas Jarro-Dophilus EPS® capsules.
- Rule out food intolerances, particularly gluten intolerance. If you suspect you might have an intolerance, get checked out.
In our years of experience treating acne, we have seen many severe acne cases resolved by improving the diet and gut heath – so we strongly recommend that you address your digestion if you have acne that is not improving with topical treatments!