Acne, eczema, psoriasis, itchy scalp… Is your gut trying to tell you something?
Is that problem skin you see in the mirror, or the reflection of a problem gut? If you have tried pills, potions, and lotions, all to no effect, perhaps you’re looking at the problem from the wrong end.
You may not always love the skin you’re in, but there are countless microorganisms that do and are happy to make it their home. Just as the gut houses its own microbiome – colonies of bacteria, fungi, protozia, and others – the skin has its own living microbiome.
“Cumulative evidence” shows that there is bidirectional communication between gut and skin and that what happens in the gut often shows up on the skin.
Skin conditions are highly complex with many different causes. We are all unique: each case requires a comprehensive evaluation and individualized care. Here I discuss one factor – the role of the gut microbiome on skin disorders. It may apply to you.
How trouble begins
So many health problems can be traced to changes in gut microbiome activity. The “friendly” bacteria are overrun by the bad, creating a state of dysbiosis – disharmony – in the gut environment.
When dysbiosis commences, so too does battle. Gut bacteria compete for food and shelter, and when dysbiosis arises the pathogenic microorganisms flourish and go on the rampage through their dark kingdom. They make their presence felt through pain, gas, bloating, and constipation that sometimes alternates with bouts of diarrhea.
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