Most people don’t make a connection between what they eat and how their skin looks – but if you consider the body in holistic terms (each individual part being intimately, inter-connected to the whole), it makes it easy to see how your skin can reveal a lot about your digestive health – it’s simply one organ reflecting the health of another.
The human body has four major elimination systems, each one specifically designed to eliminate excess and waste: the bowels (solids), the lungs (gases), the urinary tract (liquids) and the skin, the largest body organ, which will eliminate all three.
The Digestive System
The digestive system is the most important system in the body. From the stomach, everything enters the small intestines for processing and nourishment, then into the large intestine for elimination. If elimination isn’t happening, then waste begins to accumulate. Excess waste in the intestines, is reabsorbed into the blood and deposited in the liver. When the liver gets overloaded, these toxins are re-routed and pushed out through the skin, causing clogged pores and blemishes. So, skin problems are generally always liver problems which are generally always bowel problems.
How do you know if your digestive system isn’t working optimally? Well, symptoms usually include: stomach upset, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, rumbling noises, nausea, vomiting or a burning sensation after eating. If your bowels are sluggish, take a look at what you’re eating. Some of our favourite foods, pastas, cereals, breads, donuts, etc. are processed foods, high in sugar and low in fibre.
What to Eat
If you are having problems with your digestive system, include plenty of whole grains such as oats, quinoa, rice (wild and brown), corn (fresh corn on the cob and plain popcorn) and breads or crackers made from wholemeal, granary, wheatgerm, seeds or rye – along with fresh fruit and veggies, as part of a balanced diet.
Water, crucial for proper elimination, is also essential for hydration (when we are constipated, the dry stool sits in the intestines and absorbs the body’s precious water).
The end results? Not just clear, radiant skin but increased vitality too.