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Nutrition Editor Eve Kalinik explores the connection between our gut and our skin and how we can boost our natural glow by nourishing the gut-skin relationship

THE LINK BETWEEN a happy gut and a joyful visage epitomises the phrase ‘beauty comes from within’. Not surprisingly, the second largest microbiome (trillions of microbes that live in and on us) after the gut is on the skin, which goes some way to explain this intrinsic connection. A crucial part of the relationship relies on a harmonious gut microbiome. When dysbiosis - an imbalance of microbes in the gut - occurs, it can create a more systemic inflammatory situation that, for many people, manifests in how the skin looks and feels. Conditions such as rosacea and acne have been linked to this. The gut is also where most of our immune system is located and it is our microbiome that helps manage appropriate immune responses. If we have an unhappy microbiome, it can have an impact on how our immune system functions, which can lead to autoimmune and atopic skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

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