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Healing blemishes from the inside out

Healing blemishes from the inside out
We’re big proponents of taking care of your skin on the outside, but there’s a lot more that goes into balanced, healthy-looking skin than a good skincare regimen. If you’re experiencing blemishes and your typical skincare routine just isn’t cutting it, you may need to take a step back and re-evaluate, maybe it’s more than skin deep.
 
This past weekend at Credo Beauty, Tata spoke with Whitney Tingle of Sakara, Allie Compton of Credo and Dr. Dahmer of Mount Sinai on skin and gut health and they gave us some amazing tips to help maintain a healthy-looking complexion. Your gut and your skin have a unique connection, if you have imbalances in your gut, chances are they’ll show on your skin. We need to determine what foods work with our gut - are the bacteria in our gut healthy or unhealthy? Are they promoting inflammation or helping to reduce it?

Eat Plant Fibers

Microbiota in your digestive system live on plant fiber, or prebiotics. Foods high in prebiotics include chicory, garlic, leek, asparagus, and onions.

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Cut Down on Sugars

Eating a diet high in sugars leads to imbalances in the gut and an excess of bad bacteria. Reducing your sugar intake will help reduce inflammation and encourage gut health.

Eat Fermented Foods

Fermented foods contain probiotics which help to rebalance the gut and create a protective lining in the intestines. We recommend including foods like, miso, kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut and pickles in your daily diet.

Avoid processed foods

Processed foods contain unnecessary ingredients like emulsifiers which increase inflammation and act as fertilizer for bad bacteria.

Probiotic Supplements

So your not a huge fan of sauerkraut, that’s OK. Taking a daily probiotic is a great alternative to ensure that you’re giving your gut what it needs.

Cut back on Alcohol

Alcohol is a major culprit when it comes to poor gut health. Cutting down on your alcohol consumption will have a major impact on your gut and promote balance.

Reduce Stress

Deep breathing exercises will help to reduce stress, Dr. Dahmer recommends the 4-7-8 method, breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds, hold for 7, and breathe out through your mouth for 8. Want more tips to reduce stress and increase happiness? Check out this blog post.

Track hormonal changes

Shifting hormones have a lot to do with skin health. Things like pregnancy or your period can lead to a shift in your complexion. Keep track of hormonal imbalances to ensure that they’re not wreaking havoc on your skin. Dr. Dahmer suggested Vitex or Chasteberry, an herb that helps to balance hormones naturally and aid with PMS, fertility and irregular cycles.

And of course, talk to your doctor! If you have a health concern of any kind consult with your physician to determine what is best for your needs. Before starting any diet or supplementation programs, seek the advice of your health care professional.

What are your favorite ways to nourish your gut? Join the conversation on Instagram!

*This offer is for 15% off Sakara's first Organic Meal Delivery purchase (either taste-it or subscription) and will expire on May 31, 2018. 

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