Having a healthy gut (aka optimal intestinal permeability) is in my opinion one of the most crucial things for optimal health. A compromised digestive tract means toxins that are usually eliminated from our digestive tract get passed into our blood stream and affect other organs in our body. This is when the tight junctions in the gut that control what needs to be eliminated out of our body don’t work properly. This is referred to as ‘increased intestinal permeability’.
What are the symptoms of increased intestinal permeability?
When there is increased intestinal permeability in our digestive tract one things for sure, there is increased inflammation! Increased inflammation presents with prolonged diarrhoea, constipation, gas or bloating but can also go unnoticed. Some other symptoms include:
- nutritional deficiencies
- headaches and brain fog
- sugar cravings
- compromised immune system
- joint pain
- mood irregularities
What could this mean for our skin?
Increased intestinal permeability can cause skin rashes and issues such as acne, eczema, psoriasis etc. This is due to certain proteins, molecules and pathogens entering the bloodstream and coming out of our skin.
What causes increased intestinal permeability?
Even though there are many things that can cause increased intestinal permeability I have listed the most common below:
- increased sugar intake
- increased alcohol intake
- chronic stress
- anti-biotic/medication use
- decreased fibre intake
Usually healing a compromised gut involves mostly dietary changes (eg. avoiding refined sugars, caffeine, alcohol etc). Supplementation may also be advised but a more thorough analysis of the individual by a naturopath or nutritionist is needed for an appropriate recommendations.
So do you think it’s your gut holding you back from not only healthy skin but also optimal health? Then healing your gut may just be your first step.
Post written for ‘The Beauty House’ website
* Disclaimer: My posts are not to be used to treat or diagnose health concerns and provided as information only. They should not be used as individualised treatment plans and programs. Contact your health professional to investigate what advice is best for you.