What To Eat To Keep Your Gut Healthy And Your Skin Glowing

Here’s something new: it’s no longer bad manners to talk about what’s going on inside our tummies. Research now confirms that if we pay attention to the health of our gut, we can prevent breakouts, redness, dullness, inflammation and toxic build-up in our skin. Sounds good. But how can we improve gut health, fast?

And what exactly is the connection between the gut and our skin? We ask the experts to shed some light on gut-healthy foods and supplements.

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Here, seven ways to keep your gut healthy and happy and your skin glowing…

1. Eat a wide range of food

Especially vegetables, fruit, seeds, legumes and fibre-rich carbohydrates to stimulate different strains of good bacteria.

2. Get into fermented products

Yoghurt, sauerkraut and kefir contain good bacteria lactobacilli, which help reduce the risk of disease.

Choose a few fermented products and incorporate them into your day, or opt for a daily probiotic drink like Rawbiotics Daily, R97, from Faithful To Nature.

3. Limit sweeteners

Research shows artificial sweeteners increase blood sugar by stimulating the growth of unhealthy bacteria in the gut. Oof.

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4. Take a supplement

Particularly when your skin is looking blah, a probiotic supplement ensures you’re giving your gut a healthy dose of live bacteria.

Try Terra Nova Probiotic Complex, R397.50, from Faithful To Nature.

5. Stock your plate with prebiotics

Think artichokes, bananas, asparagus, oats and apples. These foods create a beneficial environment that allows good bacteria to grow instead of the bad stuff.

6. Embrace whole grains

With loads of fibre and beta-glucan, whole grains will encourage good bacteria to flourish.

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7. Focus on polyphenols

Plant compounds found in red wine, green tea, dark chocolate and olive oil, polyphenols help boost healthy bacterial growth.

Try Cocoafair 95% Dark Chocolate, R57.99, from Faithful To Nature.

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