- Hannah Aylward
Gut Health: The Roundup
Gut Health: The Roundup
By Hannah Aylward
What's Going On in the Gut?
We may be more bacteria than we are human cells. These bacteria (billions of them) impact the entire body and make up the gut microbiome. Many different conditions, whether they affect skin or joints, stem from gut health. Up to 90 percent of all diseases can be traced in some way back to the gut and health of the microbiome. Seventy percent of the immune system and 95 percent of serotonin in the body is located in the gut, showing the direct connection between the health of our gut microbiomes and the health of our immune and nervous systems.
Specifically, research has shown poor gut health is linked to hormonal imbalances, allergies, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, diabetes, liver disease, obesity, autism, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, eczema and rosacea, and more. On top of all of this, our gut health also affects weight loss and weight gain. Some bacteria promote inflammation, as a response to stress, while others create sugar cravings, leading to weight gain.
But wait, that’s not all.
Skin as the Window
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While often thought of as a separate entity entirely, the skin is our body’s largest organ. It is also one of our main sources of detoxification —sweating is medicine! Since the different organ systems in the body are affected by one another, the skin is like a window that can show us what is going on inside of the body. Our skin is affected by hormonal changes, gut health, stress levels, etc. Chronic skin inflammation like acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, candida, and dermatitis reveal an imbalance inside of the body and is a clue that we need to look into the root cause of this issue.
Often if there is a skin-related problem, the root cause can be traced to a problem in digestion, detoxification, or brain chemistry (stress, emotions). The gut and skin interact, with each one affecting the other through several pathways. This allows them the ability to influence one another’s health with the gut having a greater impact on skin health. Science also shows us links between specific skin disorders and gut health issues. For example, rosacea has an association with SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth). Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is associated with a higher risk of developinginflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis and rosacea. Even acne has been linked to dysbiosis, a microbial imbalance inside the body.
Take a moment and evaluate where your health stands today »
Do you suffer from one of the conditions mentioned above?
Do you think you could feel better?
Are you ready to take control of your health?
Gut health could be your missing link.
So how do we begin to heal the gut?
Begin by getting rid of what is causing irritation. When we remove common trigger foods (those that increase inflammation in the body), the gut starts to heal itself. These trigger foods include dairy, gluten, soy, corn, peanuts, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. Then we want to replace all of these with good foods like nutrient-dense vegetables (leafy greens are best), healthy fats (coconut oil, avocado, almonds) and clean sources of protein (organic animal protein, quinoa, lentils, mung beans). Depending on your current health status, you may want to consider supplementing with gut-supportive herbs and supplements like probiotics, L-glutamine, and digestive enzymes.
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Lastly, put in the effort to better manage your stress levels. It is worth it for so many reasons! Yoga, pranayama, meditation, long walks, dancing in the shower, reading a book before sleep, or whatever stress reduction looks like for you.
**We recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming a product. You should consult your health care professional before making any changes to your regular health care routine.
Hannah Aylward is a Certified Health Coach, nutrition consultant, fitness instructor, healthy living expert, and founder of HAN. She helps both men and women around the world lose weight, heal skin disturbances, balance hormones, heal gut imbalances and feel at home in their bodies through healthy eating, movement, mindfulness and positive self-talk. Her goal is to help others “learn the tools that they need to live the lives they deserve”. Get to know her by visiting her website and following her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.