Have you heard of the commonly used phrase, "Beauty from Within"? That might just be more than looking at a person's personality. Our skin condition has a direct correlation to our gut health. So, in short, it all starts from within! As the years evolve, more studies have been highlighting the gut-skin connection. Our guts have a stronghold on many aspects of our health condition, but it has been shown also to impact our skin complexion - an unhealthy gut could possibly be one of the reasons your skin is acting up!

As in our previous article talking about the importance of gut health, I highlighted how a healthy gut environment is dependent on the balance of gut bacteria. Inflammation is one of the key side effects of an unhealthy gut and is often directly correlated to the skin. Hence, oftentimes, with some individuals experiencing eczema, rosacea or acne breakouts, it is crucial to reevaluate the state of their gut health. Studies have highlighted that such skin conditions can be caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastrointestinal disorders. Therefore, diet and nutrition are key to managing your gut health as your gut is the primary location for digestion.

Thus, if you're looking to tackle your skin conditions, take a step back and relook at how you can foster a good gut environment through your dietary pattern and lifestyle. Since fostering good gut health is all about what you eat, here are three nutrition tips you can incorporate:

1. Add probiotic-rich food into your daily diet

Probiotics are good bacteria that help improve your gut health. There is a wide variety of delicious food that naturally have probiotics in them, such as yoghurt, tempeh, kimchi - essentially fermented foods. So don't forget to include them in your daily meal!

2. Include vegetables & fruits in your diet

Vegetables and fruits are not only rich in vitamins and minerals but are a great source of prebiotics. Prebiotics are a type of indigestible fiber that serves as a food source for probiotics (good bacteria) in your gut. So, with increased prebiotics, you cultivate a healthy environment for the good bacteria to increase and multiply.

3. Drink plenty of water

Water makes up 60-70% of our body and our gut is responsible for most of our bodily functions. Therefore, it is essential to have at least 2 to 3 litres of water daily to maintain a good balance of good bacteria.

It's all about the inner glow after all, so if you're ever wondering what you can do better to improve your complexion - try revamping your diet!

Beauty from Within is the goal!

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