Today I got to explain to a new client how skin woes are connected to gut health.
Uncontrollably itchy skin, eczema covering your body, for the love of... You can't for the life of you figure out what's causing it. You've tried it all.
Prescription skin creams
'Clean' skin care products
Baths and soaks
Coconut oil (it fixes everything right?)
The list goes on and none of it works...
The connection to gut health may be why. Problems with digestion and the gut can lead to leaky gut. Leaky gut allows food particles and toxins to escape the digestive tract and make their way into the blood stream, where they trigger an immune response. This immune response can manifest in a wide variety of ways, including as skin conditions.
Digestive imbalances and impaired gut health also can cause a deficiency in nutrients needed for skin health, as well as overall health. Poor gut health and dysfunction, leaky gut, and nutrient deficiency can adversely affect detoxification processes in the liver (poor detoxification capacity results).
When we have a build of up toxins that cannot be excreted through normal routes (the liver is our major detox organ), those toxins will make their way out somehow, often that somehow is through the skin, and this can cause all sorts of skin conditions.
If you suffer with skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis (among others), you likely have digestive and gut imbalances and dysfunction, leaky gut, and impaired detoxification capacity.
Keep in mind that common food triggers for eczema include dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, and butter), and eggs.
Dairy products also adversely affect the lining of your gut, contributing to leaky gut. Yogurt in particular is not eczema friendly because it can be loaded with extra sugar, and it contains histamine (amines) because it's fermented where histamine is also a trigger for skin problems.
Grapes, oranges, kiwi, soy, tomato, avocado, broccoli, dried fruit, deli meat/processed meat, and junk food can all wreak havoc for your eczema.
If you suffer from eczema avoiding the common trigger foods may help, and determining which components of certain foods cause your reactions can help as well as they can be found in a very wide range of foods. It's the chemicals in those foods, natural ones at that, which can be problematic. Histamine and amine foods, salicylates, oxalates, nightshades, citrus foods, among others are examples often offenders in eczema sufferers.
This is not to suggest removing all of these foods from your diet! Rather, we need to ferret out underlying causes and address them in order tame your skin problems. Impaired gut health is an underlying cause.
To learn more about the connections between your skin, gut, and detoxification, what nutrients you need to support healthy skin and detox and the foods they are found in, click here!