Oct 07 2018

Keep your gut healthy your whole body depends on it

Published by at 12:19 pm under Immune System,probiotic supplements

Keep your gut healthy…your whole body depends on it.
New research supports the gut’s affect on both the skin and mental health in what is called the gut-brain-skin axis.  

We know the gut is complex. The health of the gut is systemic, affecting all other parts of the body, including the brain and the skin. Scientists are continually working to understand this gut-brain-skin connection. While the gut, also referred to as the Second Brain, can affect mental health conditions to include anxiety and depression, there is also the Gut-Brain-Skin axis which researchers are finding may be the underlying cause behind anxiety/depression/stress and skin problems such as severe acne, psoriasis and Atopic Dermitis. “…Many human and animal studies suggest that the intestinal microbiome’s influence extends beyond the gut, and in fact contributes to the function, and dysfunction, of distant organ systems…” Through the gut-skin-brain axis, researchers are studying and identifying just how this interconnection works and how the health of our gut positively and negatively affects the skin and brain.(1,2)*

The skin performs its functions effectively when it is in a state of homeostasis. Homeostasis  is “…the ability or tendency to maintain internal stability in an organism to compensate for environmental changes…” Covered in millions of bacteria, the skin is our protective shield against invading pathogens. It regulates our body temperature and helps our bodies retain water. It constantly renews itself as the epidermal turns over. It is essential for the health of our skin and our bodies that our skin maintains this state of “renewing”. (1,2)*

Research is showing “cumulative evidence” that there is an intimate connection between the gut and skin. Studies are linking gastrointestinal health to skin homeostatis and allostasis. “…The microbiome’s influence on the host immune system is vast, and the relationship is intricately regulated to both enable immune tolerance of dietary and environmental antigens and provide protection against potential pathogens…” (1,2)*

Researchers are finding that rebalancing microbiota in the gut can be a “therapeutic treatment” for both mental health and skin conditions. Of late, certain gut microbiota have been individually studied to see if they facilitate specific anti inflammatory responses. In fact, the positive effects of gut bacteria on skin health and appearance have been documented in several studies on both humans and rodents. (1,2)*

In one study, mice who received L.Reuteri supplementation experienced a thickening of the dermal layer and other enhancements that caused the mice to have shiner and thicker fur. In another study, rodents received Lactobacillus Brevis supplements which resulted in “…decreased cutaneous arterial sympathetic nerve tone and increased cutaneous blood flow…” possibly due to an increase in the release of serotonin. A significant decrease in water loss in the transdermal level was also noted. (1,2)*

This effect was reproduced in human clinical research. Other, multiple side effects related to probiotic supplementation was also noted as it related to the skin. (1,2)*

Studies have also demonstrated that gut bacteria can positively impact the rate at which injured skin heals. Mice experienced accelerated healing to wounds after being fed Lactobacillus reuteri. Examination of wounds under a microscope throughout the healing process revealed the usual stages of wound healing in mice both treated and not treated by probiotics, but the time required for complete healing was markedly reduced in the treated group. The gut microbiome has also been shown to support improve the restoration of skin after ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure. (1,2)*

The complex connection between acne and gut dysfunction may also be mediated by the brain. Supporting this theory is the frequent association of anxiety and depression and GI distress with acne. The gut-brain-skin axis hypothesis was initially examined many decades ago and has been revalidated by recent advances in microbiome research and our understanding of its effect on health and disease.  “…These psychological stressors are hypothesized to cause the intestinal flora to either produce different neurotransmitters – serotonin, norepinephrine and acetylcholine – or trigger nearby enteroendocrine cells to release neuropeptides. These neurotransmitters not only increase intestinal permeability, leading to both intestinal and systemic inflammation, but also directly access the circulation through the compromised intestinal barrier resulting in systemic effects …” (1,2)*

This connection may originate with gut dysbiosis which then leads to psychological and skin disorders. “…A 2005 study showed that individuals with acne and mental health symptoms such as depression had low concentrations of Lactobacillus and bifidobacteria in their gastrointestinal tract and also had increased intestinal permeability…”  Another factor can be the affect an unhealthy gut has on the absorption of nutrients, including those that affect one’s psychological state. This, along with “…systemic oxidative stress, have been implicated in the pathophysiology of acne vulgaris…” (1,2,3)*

We know that gut health is at the center of everything in our bodies. Keeping our microbiome balanced and  healthy is key to long term, good health. We look forward to further advances in the area of the gut-skin-brain axis to further help those affected by troubling skin conditions. Specific strains found in Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ are key in this research taking place which only solidifies what we have known for so long…that daily use of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ is effective and its efficacy extends to the entire immune system and body, including the brain and skin. (1,2)*

Healthiest wishes,





  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6048199/
  2. https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2018-08/gut-skin-axis-and-mechanisms-communication
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3038963/

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