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Your skin issues like eczema could be linked to your gut health

In Functional Medicine, we view skin health as a reflection of your gut health. The gut lining is your inner skin and your skin is a reflection of your outer skin.



The microbiome is like your internal ecosystem. It consists of trillions of bacteria and other microbes that live in your body, and it affects everything from your energy levels and mental health to your immune system, hormones, neurological system, and even your risk for cancer and chronic disease. Needless to say, the gut microbiome is the root of many health and disease in humans.



In functional medicine, we view skin issues like eczema as a reflection of an imbalance or dysfunction inside the gastrointestinal tract (GIt).



Your gut lining is similar to your outer skin; if you have food sensitivities or leaky gut syndrome then that can cause inflammation which can result in any number of skin issues like acne, dandruff or hives.


How is eczema linked to gut health?


Eczema is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that can cause redness, itching, and swelling.


Your gut health has much to do with eczema because the digestive system plays a major role in the immune system. Your gut helps regulate your immune system through hormones and other chemicals that it produces.



If the “good” bacteria in your gut are out of balance from poor diet or stress, it can lead to an increase in inflammatory cytokines which are linked to inflammation throughout the body – including on your skin! This includes:


  • Candida overgrowth – this yeast likes sugar and when there's too much of it you get candida die-off symptoms like brain fog, fatigue, and headaches.


There are many other factors that contribute to eczema flare-ups like genetics and environmental factors like heat/cold weather changes but by taking care of yourself from within (specifically focusing on your diet) you'll start seeing results fast!



Skin conditions like eczema could be a sign of a deeper imbalance in the body that needs to be addressed.


Eczema is often a sign of a deeper health issue. It's an inflammatory response, which means it can be linked to any number of things, including gut flora imbalances, immune system imbalance, and more. And addressing these issues by changing your diet or taking supplements might help clear up your eczema for good!



Before you take another pill or apply more lotion, try these:


1. Get sufficient sleep.