When doctors say “all disease begins in the gut”, they’re not exaggerating. The bacteria that inhabit your digestive tract has a massive influence on your health, which is why it’s important to keep the good type going strong and the bad kind at bay. If not, you end up with an overgrowth of the “baddies” which creates a state known as dysbiosis. Once that happens, you’re on the road to inflammation and that’s essentially the gateway to disease.
The butterfly effect
Ready for an example of how a gut issue can cause a cascade of havoc? Let’s talk about low stomach acid. The condition affects more people than many realise and can be brought on by something as simple as stress. If it’s not treated, it causes dysbiosis and this leads to a leaky gut.
The next thing you know, you’re nutrient deficient, regardless of how healthfully you eat, but that’s not the worst part. These food particles are seen as ‘invaders’ and send your immune system into overdrive, creating a state of chronic inflammation. This is where the real trouble starts. A little inflammation is a good thing when your body’s trying to heal. But if it’s constant, it sets off a chain of events that end up triggering diseases. One scenario is this: Inflammatory cells that linger too long in the blood promote a build-up of artery-clogging plaque that increases your risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke!
Your gut and your skin
Clearly, dysbiosis can ruin your health but it also directly affects your looks. This is because the chronic inflammation caused by an unbalanced gut creates the perfect environment for inflammatory skin conditions like acne and eczema to thrive.
Then there’s the diet factor. Many people are intolerant to certain foods but don’t realise it. Instead of experiencing a dramatic reaction, they merely inflame their gut in a way they’re not likely to notice so they continuing to bombard it with things it cannot handle. Again, you’re creating chronic inflammation and by now we know how that story ends.
At Health Renewal, our doctors can run a series of tests to get a clear picture of your gut’s health. We can also check for other conditions that contribute to poor gut health, things like the aforementioned low stomach acid and leaky gut.
As far as food intolerances go, we can pick up on those too using an array of testing methods that include skin pricks, blood testing and guided elimination diets. Once we figure out what’s causing the inflammation, we can put an end to it and help you enjoy better health and clearer-looking skin.
Bring back the balance
If it turns out that you’re suffering from dysbiosis, we can help you correct it. In most cases, treatment will include embarking on our 5 Day Treatment plan, a doctor-devised cleanse to help rid your body of the unhealthy bacteria. Your diet would also be supported by supplements including those in our own newly developed line, one we created after realising the need for quality nutraceuticals of the highest standard. One such gut-focused gem is our Renewal Institute Probiotic LP SCB. It contains 20 billion colony forming bacteria and is proven to help create positive changes in your gastrointestinal tract.
Another gut must-have? Renewal Institute Oregano PLUS. It contains 100% pure oregano essential oil among others proven to have potent antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Aside from ridding your gut of bad bacteria and yeast, it has a great anti-inflammatory effect too!
The bottom line
The health of your gut can have a huge impact on your health as well as your skin. If you’re wanting to improve it, make an appointment to see one of the doctors at Health Renewal. They can run tests that will help create a clearer picture of what’s going on as well as pick up on any conditions as well as intolerances. They’ll also be able to provide treatment that might involve medication, supplements or changes to your diet and lifestyle.
Ultimately, if you’re wanting to better your overall health, both inside and out, we can help put you on the path to wellness.
This post was sponsored by Skin Renewal.