Our skin is the largest organ in the body. It is the interface between our internal world and the external environment. The skin is a reflection of inner health and there are many influences on the skin such as nutrition, hormones, medication side effects, stress, gastrointestinal health and inflammation.
Whenever I see someone with a skin problem, I look for a deeper issue. I review diet, exercise, family history, hormones, digestive issues and stress. There is often a connection between digestive issues and the skin. Gas, bloating, constipation and inadequate hydrochloric acid often accompany skin disorders. Treatment focuses on healing the gut which insures that proper nutrients get to the skin and the rest of the body. When there is a leaky gut, this means that the digestive tract mucosa is inflamed and the tight junctions of the intestines have loosened and undigested food and toxins are absorbed. The immune system then becomes over-reactive. The result is a vicious cycle of inflammation and further loss of the integrity of the intestinal barrier. What can often result from this process is the development of food sensitivities and both bacterial and yeast overgrowth. The first step to healing is a formula containing some blend of L-glutamine, slippery elm, DGL and other healing herbs. I often follow this process with a general cleanse and challenge. A challenge provides significant feedback if there are symptoms (more…)