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The connection between gut health and glowing skin

Inflammation in your gut can result from a wide range of factors from highly processed foods to stress, and from substances such as alcohol and pollution which can ultimately lead to a series of health issues including your skin. Both your gut and your skin are covered in bacteria and as we now know, the more diverse your microbiome bacteria are, the better. So how can you keep inflammation at bay to positively impact your skin?

Here some natural anti-inflammatory tips: Increase the amount of whole fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds in your food diet. Instead of processed bread, indulge in baked or steamed root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and beets, which offer additional vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that support healthy skin. Incorporate probiotics which can help heal the imbalances in your microbiome and therefore reduce inflammation. Embrace healthy fats that come from coconut oil, salmon, cold-pressed olive oil, nuts, and avocados. The omega-3 fatty acids in these foods regulate inflammation and help keep skin looking smooth and youthful. Limit any triggers such as fried foods, refined cooking oils and anything with additives and preservatives. Have a good night's sleep. When you rest at night, the body and mind are able to detoxify, heal, and re-energise. While you sleep, your energy shifts inward to help your system fight free radicals, reduce inflammation, boost immunity and stimulate cellular repair. Start by going to bed at the same time every night.

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