The Gut-Skin Axis

The Gut-Skin Axis

Mybacs- Dr. Adrian Weingart

As an important component of our immune system, the gut is where we make neurotransmitters, regulate hormones, neutralize pathogens, eliminate toxins, and produce nutrients. So the state of our gut microbiome can also have a profound impact on skin, mood, weight, and well-being. Read on to learn why....

 

The Gut-Skin Axis

Many intestinal diseases can manifest themselves on the skin. Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases show cutaneous manifestation (skin symptoms) in 10-15% of cases.

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Clear, glowing skin? Or do you see inflammation, redness or an irritated complexion? The answer to this simple question can give us a glimpse into what's going on beneath the surface. Where there is gut inflammation, there may also be skin inflammation, which can be caused by something called dysbiosis - an imbalance in your microbiome. In scientific language, the relationship between your gut and your skin is called the "gut-skin axis" or even the "gut-brain-skin axis." This axis can be thought of as a kind of information highway. This pathway allows the gut and skin to communicate through the microbiome - so it makes sense that when our gut is out of whack or inflamed in some way, our skin can be one of the first places to show symptoms. A look, at your gut flora can provide insight. Let's take a closer look.

How our gut health affects our skin: The easiest way to understand exactly how our gut health affects our skin is to use the analogy of our gut as a garden. If the soil in your garden is not healthy, balanced, and made up of a good assortment of nutrients and microorganisms, then it is difficult for plants to thrive. Flora and fauna depend on each other to keep the entire ecosystem healthy and in balance. You too can see your body as a complex ecosystem where all systems are in constant exchange and interdependent. The good thing is that when you influence one system, you also influence most of the others. For a balanced skin, it is worthwhile to focus our attention where many of our hormones are produced, a very important part of our immune system is located and 90% of the communication from the intestine to our brain originates - on our intestinal microbiome. Due to stress, environmental factors or impaired digestion, unhealthy, bad bacteria multiply much faster in our gut. These unhealthy bacteria can cause systemic inflammation in the body - including on the skin.  Gut health can also be reflected on your face.

Health-promoting strains of bacteria can break this vicious cycle and bring your skin back into balance. How it works. Through complex processes, tiny microorganisms can restore our gut barrier, or protective shield. So you can support your skin and your gut with a healthy, balanced gut microbiome.
 

Common skin diseases are often related to the gut

Our skin comes into direct contact with the outside world and is therefore also exposed to daily environmental influences. Pollution, fine dust particles, UV radiation, stress, an unbalanced diet and the wrong skin care products can damage our skin cells and cause side effects such as dryness, redness, eczema, acne or even premature skin aging. Did you know that people with rosacea and acne are at least ten times more likely to have problems with their intestines? And that 34% of people with irritable bowel syndrome show skin symptoms? Gut inflammation has also been linked to premature aging of the skin, also known as inflammaging. Recent studies show that not only does dysbiosis of the skin microbiome influence inflammatory activity, but so does that of the gut microbiome. In atopic eczema, perhaps better known as neurodermatitis, recent studies have shown that there is increased gut permeability, which may be prevented by the addition of certain bacterial cultures e.g. Lactobacillus. This is because Lactobacillus bacteria produce lactopecin, which can rebuild the barrier function. To prevent as much as possible the consequences of skin imperfections and to rebalance imperfections if necessary, we have developed a formula for your "Glow Up" based on scientific findings. A perfect combination of antioxidants, superfoods and vitamins to make your beauty shine - from the inside out.  Specially selected nutrients provide hydrating and antioxidant properties for elasticity, strength and glow. A balanced intestinal microbiome and high bioavailability of the components support the absorption of the essential nutrients contained.

 

Mybacs “happy gut, happy skin”- Tips: 

Eat for your microbiome: so fill your plate with organic, seasonal produce. Focus on foods rich in skin-friendly nutrients that protect and strengthen the intestinal wall, such as zinc (pumpkin seeds), vitamin D (mushrooms and salmon), vitamin A (eggs), and amino acids like L-glutamine (soybeans). This amino acid provides energy for new intestinal cell formation and causes the intestinal mucosa to regenerate more quickly when damaged. Fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts are also nutritional powerhouses and incredibly good for skin health because, in addition to vitamins and minerals, the fiber they contain helps form short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), such as butyrate. These SCFAs have an anti-inflammatory effect and help improve the integrity of the intestinal mucosa, contributing to less inflamed, more radiant skin.

Extra tip: Incorporate artichokes, asparagus, apples and carrots into your diet to increase SCFA production. And try to eliminate or reduce inflammation triggers like gluten, dairy and sugar.

Promote microbial diversity: research shows that people with a healthier gut microbiome also have a healthier fatty acid profile in their skin, which means their skin is better hydrated, moisturized and protected.

At mybacs, we also like to say happy gut, happy skin! Our Dailybacs and Glow Up capsules follow this motto. A perfect combination of antioxidants, superfoods and vitamins to make your beauty glow - from the inside out.

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