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Article: What Beauty Industry Doesn't Want You To Know About Beautiful Skin

What Beauty Industry Doesn't Want You To Know About Beautiful Skin
Digestive Health

What Beauty Industry Doesn't Want You To Know About Beautiful Skin

A survey commissioned recently by Fragrance Direct interviewed over 1000 women in the UK and discovered that we spend close to 900 GBP to look good and use on average 26 products. That’s shocking, isn’t it? 

But over 70 years ago 2 doctors made the first link between gut health and chronic skin disorders. The topical creams and potions that is peddled by the beauty industry are temporary fixes. To get that outer glow you might need to first start by addressing your gut health !

Foods you eat gets digested and broken down into vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are essential for your body to be able to build beautiful skin. For example, if you don’t eat enough protein you are depriving your body from essential amino acids for collagen production. Moreover an unbalanced gut flora could directly result in skin conditions like acne, eczema etc. 

So what do you eat for a beautiful skin? 

  1. Eat the rainbow - aim to include different color vegetables with every meal. This not only is going to provide you with essential nutrients but also provide fiber that is crucial to keep your system clean and running like clockwork

  2. Include healthy fats - It is important to include foods such as walnuts, pumpkin seeds, chia or avocados into your diet. It will provide omega-3s and phytonutrients necessary for the elasticity & plumpness of your skin. 

  3. Include B vitamins into your diet either by supplementation or by adding foods rich in B vitamins such as leafy greens, legumes, nutritional yeast etc. B vitamins are necessary for cell reproduction and for reducing inflammation, dryness and acne. 

  4. Hydrate yourself regularly - we all know the importance of this but so many of us fail to do this. Water hydrates you from the inside out and keeps your skin clear. If your skin is not getting enough water it is going to be more prone to dryness, tightness and flakiness, and it can reduce the skin's elasticity. 

  5. Include prebiotics and probiotics into your diet -  Probiotics are the good bacteria that resides in your gut and helps in maintaining a good digestive system. But it doesn’t stop there, this good gut bacteria also impacts other area of health like your mental health, immunity, skin health etc.

You should include probiotics into your diet either by supplementation or by consuming high probiotic foods & drinks  such as kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut and kimchi. But eating just probiotics is not enough. In order for the good gut bacteria to thrive you need prebiotics!  

Prebiotics are food for your good gut bacteria and allows them to thrive and multiply. You can easily get it by supplementing (e.g. including diverse prebiotic blend such as Love Thy Gut) into your diet  or including high-prebiotic foods such as inulin, baobab, artichokes, flaxseed etc.

So here you have it - your mini indigestible skin care guide. The beginning of a beautiful, dewy skin starts in your gut. So make sure you nourish your beauty from the inside out before reaching for miracle lotions and potions.  

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