How To Improve Your Gut Health
Are you suffering from acne, facial redness, hypersensitive skin, hormonal breakouts, eczema or rosacea? Alongside bloating, indigestion and irritable bowel, these skin conditions can have the same root cause; poor gut health and gut function. Gut Replenish has been created to help you balance your gut microbiome and achieve healthy, radiant skin. Read on to find out how to balance your gut bacteria for a glowing complexion!
The health of our gut is often overlooked as one of the critical factors in determining the health of our skin. However, more and more research is showing that an unbalanced gut microbiome and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) can be linked to eczema, rosacea and even acne. The skin, which is our largest organ, is really a mirror for what is going on inside our bodies. In order to heal your skin and achieve a clear, radiant complexion, you need to start with your gut!
There is an intricate link between the health of your gut and skin so it makes sense that a happy gut is fundamental to a clear and radiant complexion. If you want to find out more about how your skin and gut are linked see our post here.
As a naturopath, I was wanting to design a product which would assist my customers in achieving a balance of good and bad bacteria in their gut. Whilst there are many products designed to "heal" the gut lining, few products facilitate the balancing of gut bacteria to "weed" out the bad guys and facilitate the proliferation of "good" gut bacteria. For instance, probiotics provide untargeted strains of microbes to your gut which may not be needed whilst prebiotics may be fuelling unwanted strains of microbes. Antibiotics may be exterminating both good and bad bacteria without replenishing.
Enter polyphenols! In my mind, they are the missing link in achieving a healthy gut. They are found in the peels, skins and seeds in our fruits and vegetables yet have been largely irradiated from our modern diet. Polyphenols contain mild-toxins which in nature repel bugs and insects from the sugars of fruits, but in our belly, they work to stave off bad gut bacteria and provide good bacteria with a healthy environment to grow.
Gut Replenish contains polyphenol-rich superfoods such as cacao, carob, berries and grape seeds. These compounds provide a balancing-biotic™ function in the digestive system, not only replenishing but also restoring the harmony of the gut bacteria ratios. If you have tried other digestive supplements with lacking results, polyphenols may be the missing ingredient you need that works with your gut to restore an optimal healthy balance of your microbiome.
Alongside the use of Gut Replenish, I recommend the below ten-step gut healing protocol to heal and balance your gut. These ten steps include:
1. Eat an abundance of polyphenol-rich foods daily. Load up on berries, herbs and spices, beverages such as cacao lattes and green or black tea, nuts and seeds, and 70%+ dark chocolate.
2. Eat a low FODMAP diet. This medically researched diet involves eliminating specific sugars from the diet that are not completely absorbed in our intestines. When they make it to the large intestine they are fermented by gut bacteria and produce gas and often a disruption to gut fora.
3. Eat foods in their whole state. Wash all of your fruits and veggies well but do not peel the skin or discard the seeds from them. They contain nutritious gut balancing polyphenols!
4. Eat organic where possible. An organic diet ensures we are not introducing gut depleting chemicals and antibiotics into our gut via our diet.
5. Focus on friendly fibre. Aim to have at least 1-2 serves of the below fibre-rich foods. This ensures you are sweeping away toxins and bad bacteria. Good options include 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal (6g fibre), ½ cup oats (4g fibre), 1 tablespoon soaked chia seeds (5g fibre), plus fruits, veggies and whole grains.
6. Enjoy fermented foods (with caution). Include one serve of the below fermented foods daily. If you do suspect you have gut dysbiosis, start small and gradually building up to a standard serve, as too much could feed the bad bacteria in an unbalanced gut. Try sauerkraut (1-2 tablespoons), tempeh (90g), coconut milk kefir (1 tablespoon) or plant-based yoghurt (1/2 cup).
7. Avoid dairy and gluten. Both of these are difficult to digest and can lead to gut irritation and inflammation.
8. Avoid sugar and processed foods. These foods feed the bad guys and deplete our gut and body of precious minerals and nutrients needed to heal and repair our gut lining.
9. Supplement. Supplementing gives your gut healing diet a boost and ensures that you are doing everything you can do heal and seal your gut lining. Try daily: Gut Replenish Powder (1 tablespoon) + Native Collagen Powder (1 teaspoon) + Aloe vera juice (50ml) + digestive enzymes (1-2 capsules containing protease, amylase, lipase).
10. Variety. Enjoying a variety of foods ensures that your gut bacteria is being well nourished! Eating local and seasonal foods also maximises the nutrition being received by the gut.