Q: I’m just wondering if you can explain in simple terms how what happens in your stomach can help your face?
A: I love the analogy of the gut being like the soil in a garden. The soil needs the right microbial balance and nutrient balance for the plants and their shoots to be healthy, strong and beautiful. Our gut is like the soil, it needs the right nutrient and microbial balance for our skin, hair and nails to be lovely and healthy. Our gut is where so much that affects our skin happens.
It’s where hormones are metabolised (if not in balance, can wreak havoc on our complexion), where we make detoxifying enzymes (if we aren’t detoxifyng properly, toxins will flood through the skin – the body’s largest elimination organ), it’s where we neutralise pathogens (pathogens and infection can cause skin issues), it’s where we make nutrients (that feed the skin from within), it’s where we digest nutrients (if we are not digesting our food properly, then our body’s not getting the nutrients to feed our skin).
More and more studies show that there is a correlation between gut health and skin health. Studies show a high incidence of acne and rosacea in people with SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth). Studies are linking eczema and psoriasis to poor gut health. People with dermatitis have been shown to have a disruption of normal gut flora.
Research shows that where there is gut inflammation, there is skin inflammation and that people with a healthier gut microbiota, have a healthier fatty acid profile in their skin – meaning their skin is more moisturised, hydrated and protected.
This is why I am such a big believer that “Beauty begins in the belly”.
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Serve up this chilled summer treat for a refreshing beauty and wellness boost.
Supercharged with ANTIOXIDANT Inner Beauty Boost, this recipe is not only cool and delicious but loaded with digestive enzymes and gut-boosting probiotics which help to repair and rejuvenate skin and boost overall skin radiance.
Turmeric, which contains curcumin, has been shown to have potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal activities. Another key ingredient, ginger, helps reduce inflammation and soothe digestion.
– serves 4
- 500g peeled & cored pineapple, cut into chunks
- 4cm knob ginger, peeled & coarsely chopped
- 4cm knob turmeric, peeled & coarsely chopped
- 1 lime, peeled
- 1 cup (250ml) coconut water, plus extra to top up, if required
- 1/ 3 cup (80ml) ANTIOXIDANT Inner Beauty Boost
- Put the pineapple, ginger, turmeric and lime through a slow-press juicer.
- Add the coconut water and ANTIOXIDANT Inner Beauty Boost and stir to combine. Top up with additional coconut water, if necessary, to make 3 cups (750ml) of liquid.
- Pour into a small shallow tray.
- Freeze for 1–2 hours, until frozen around the edges. Remove from the freezer and mix in the frozen edges. Return to the freezer.
- Remove the mixture from the freezer every 30 minutes or so and mix it up. Once all of the liquid begins to freeze, use a fork to drag and scrape the mixture and break it up into small ice crystals. Repeat this over 3 hours, or until mixture is fully frozen into delicate ice crystals.
- To serve, scoop into serving glasses or bowls.
- Granita can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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- Mix all ingredients together well in a small bowl to form a paste. Apply on a clean, damp face, neck and decolletage.
- When almost dry (do not leave to dry out on the face as this can cause an imbalance in the skin), remove with a damp cloth.
Note: If your skin starts to feel a burning sensation, remove the mask immediately.
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