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The trifecta of skin, gut and mental health

by Tania Griffin

We all want that dewy, healthy skin glow. But what does it really take to achieve it? It’s not just about using the right products or getting enough sleep (though, those things do help). The key to a radiant complexion is balance – in gut health, skin health and mental health.

Here’s a closer look at how they’re all connected.

The gut–skin connection
You might have heard of the ‘gut–brain axis’, but did you know there’s also a gut–skin connection? It’s true: The state of your gut directly impacts the condition of your skin. That’s because your digestive system is responsible for absorbing nutrients and eliminating toxins, and when it’s not working properly, your skin can suffer. Skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis have all been linked to gut imbalance. So if you’re struggling with any of these conditions, supporting gut health should be at the top of your list.

There are many ways to promote gut balance, but one of the most important is probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria that support digestive health by keeping harmful bacteria in check. You can find probiotics in fermented foods like kimchi and yoghurt, or you can take them in supplement form. (I recommend doing both!)

Another gut-supportive strategy is to eat prebiotic-rich foods. Prebiotics are non-digestible fibres that serve as food for probiotics: think onions, garlic, bananas and asparagus. By including both prebiotics and probiotics in your diet, you’ll create an environment in your gut that promotes balance and optimal function. 

The mental health–skin connection
It’s no secret that stress takes a toll on our skin – just think about how your complexion looks when you’re feeling rundown or tense. When we’re stressed, our bodies produce the hormone cortisol, which triggers inflammation and can lead to breakouts, accelerated ageing and other skin problems. That’s why it’s so important to manage stress levels proactively. Luckily, there are lots of ways to do this: from exercise and journaling to meditation and time in nature. Find what works for you and make it part of your daily routine. Trust me, your skin will thank you! 

Keen to learn more? You can book a holistic skin consultation with Eco Diva Natural Superfood Skincare founder Nicole Sherwin, and deeply get to understand how your skin microbiome operates and the best nutrients for it, how your gut pH balance is vital to healthy skin, and how you wear your mental/emotional health through your skin. Gain valuable insights into how to listen to your skin and act appropriately for fast healing and the ultimate pH balance.

Achieving a healthy glow isn’t just about using the right products – it’s about creating balance in gut health, skin health and mental health. Probiotics and prebiotics support gut function; regular exercise helps reduce stress hormones; and getting enough sleep gives our skin time to repair itself overnight.

When we take care of ourselves inside and out, we set the stage for radiant skin – and a radiant life!

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