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Gut Health & Beauty

gut - skin axis & role of the microbiome in skin & body wellness

Gut Health is essential, for beautiful skin and all aspects of wellness. Improving  the diversity of gut microbiome has positive impacts on health and well being by:

  • decreasing inflammation
  • improving the availability of nutrients to support mitochondrial function
  • aiding detoxification
  • improving the synthesis of neurotransmitters
  • improves energy
  • improves skin microbiome

We offer a whole approach to skin health, anti-aging and weight loss with Gut-Healing Protocols. We have two protocols designed to fix leaky gut. The Biome Protocol is designed specifically for weight loss and as an anti-aging resent. In contrast, the GEMM protocol to target inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, acne & rosacea and wellness.

Gut microbiome and inflammatory skin conditions.

The science is clear that gut health and our microbiome diversity are central to wellness and skin health. Though less defined and understood,  knowledge of the skin microbiome is emerging and the important role of dysbiosis (imbalance of a microbe species) in inflammatory skin conditions including acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and aging. With this science is an understanding of the importance of looking after the myriad of microbes that co-exist with us, and their role in our beauty & wellness.

Your gut and protection against aging.

Having an intact gut barrier and balanced microbiome protect against inflammation, which underlies several aspects of unhealthy aging. Chronic inflammation contributes to weight gain, wrinkles and the progression of many metabolic diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease) dementia and even cancers. In addition to anti-aging and prevention of metabolic diseases,  an intact gut and skin barrier is vital for optimal innate and acquired immune system function.

Eat to feed your gut microbes – and they look after you.

The role of our gut microbes in producing substrates that are essential for us living a more energised life.  They have a whole variety of functions.  In addition to decreasing inflammation and assisting immune function, they also provide energy for our mitochondria, the energy centre of all our cells. To do their job, we must feed them with the correct foods. Our modern western diet is high in processed foods, high in sugar and harmful additives but low in essential fibre and nutrients required to maintain the health and diversity of our microbes, our body and skin!

The right food maintains a healthy gut barrier.

When we do not feed our gut bacteria, they resort to consuming the healthy mucous lining of our gut.  Low nutrient or toxic choices also an increase in unhealthy gram-negative bacteria to thrive that produce toxic pro-inflammatory substances. Food choices also have a huge impact on our gut tight junctions, allowing toxic products and bacteria to enter our system and set up chronic inflammation. Have you heard of a leaky gut!

Through our nutritional choices, we make determine our skin health. Not only are nutritional choices central to wellness and disease prevention, they determine the health of our skin and beauty.

So what foods do our gut microbiome require?

  • Plant polyphenols & sulforaphane
  • Plant fibre (soluble fibre and resistant starch)
  • Healthy Oils – Omega 6: omega 3 in ratio 3:1

What foods help in maintaining healthy gut lining?

  • Plant polyphenols & sulforaphane
  • Plant fibre (soluble fibre and resistant starch)
  • Healthy Oils – Omega 6: omega 3 in ratio 3:1
  • Collagen peptides or amino acids.

What other functional foods/nutrients help in cell health and hence body, mind, skin health?

  • Adaptogens
  • Plant-based medicines

What impacts negatively on gut health and microbiome?

  1. Stress & Poor sleep

There is an understanding of the impact of stress and poor sleep on gut health, immune function body and skin health: mindfulness, meditation and breathwork to reduce not only anxiety and depression but also systemic inflammation and wellness.

  1. Toxic foods such as sugar or food that can be converted easily to sugar such white bread, rice and low nutrient value carbohydrates.

Sugar is inflammatory in the gut and systemically. It contributes to poor tight junction function (contributing to leaky gut), contributes to the overgrowth of less desirable microbiota in the gut and sets in excess causes damaging upstream cell and metabolic health damage.  It contributes to increased wrinkles and aging skin changes.

  1. Processed foods and food additives, trans fats, excess saturated fats.

All of these group contribute in someway to poor gut health.  Processed food and food additives contribute to leaky gut, production of toxic byproducts as well as being nutritionally devoid are harmful to not only gut lining, microbiome but also our well and body. Trans fats are toxic and should never be consumed, and excess saturated fat (have in moderation and select grass-fed and organic,  humanely treated) can contribute to inflammation through the production of toxic byproducts but also disrupt the balance of fats in the body.

  1. Lack of soluble fibre and nutrients in food

Diets that lack soluble fibre are simply starving our gut microbiome.

  1. Environmental toxins, environmental scents, chemical sprays, pollution, heavy metals and petrol fumes impact negatively on gut and skin barrier, immune function and disease.

Our modern world has become toxic. Overwhelmed with pollutants and chemicals, we need well-functioning phase 2 & phase 3 liver detoxification to eliminate harmful environmental products as well as a shield from the potential damage of these.  These impact on inflammation, skin health, immune function, and pose a threat to our genetic material. Products such as sulforaphane and Cell logic DefenCell protect several mechanisms. This is clinician only product.

Plant-based foods for gut health

There is an increased understanding of the role of plants in health, wellness and beauty—the importance of feeding and looking after our resident microbes, as they protect and help us.

  • Polyphenols are a superfamily of phytochemicals that have a prebiotic effect of feeding healthy bacteria; in turn, byproducts are absorbed and provide benefits for our body and skin. (polyphenols are prebiotics essential to providing nutrition for our gut bacteria.)
  • Prebiotic fibre in plant foods central to providing nutrition to our gut bacteria, which in turn create a cascade up upstream wellness and protective benefits
  • Probiotics and fermented foods.
  • Plant-based antioxidant, anti-inflammatory wellness supplements and skincare
  • The role of adaptogens in health, wellness and immunity, Schisandra, mushrooms and Pearl being the primary beauty adaptogens. Science of several mushrooms ability to promote neurogenesis and decrease stress.
  • Re-acceptance of traditional plant-based medicine, cannabidiol used for mental and physical health and treatment of skin conditions.

Meditation & Mindfulness & Gut Health

The role of exercise, good sleep and practices like yoga and meditation in reducing stress, all impact on gut health, skin health, disease prevention on our experience of satisfaction and peacefulness.

Integrative  Cosmetic Medicine Team

Our therapists and Doctor Sara are trained in all aspects of gut health and how it relates to skin health, wellness and disease prevention. We prescribe a variety of supplements that have proven nutrigenomic, gut health and health and skin health, weight loss and anti-aging benefits. We also have a selection of naturopaths we work with who specialise in gut health, inflammatory skin conditions & immune and metabolic disorders and hormone health. As well as referring to plastic surgeons, dermatologists or working with your GP.

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