Are you struggling with acne? Tried all the different treatments and seen little to no improvement? Yeah, I’ve been there too. It’s SO frustrating! I’ll start this out by saying that acne is a complicated skin issue, which is why the skin care industry has made an absolute fortune on selling ‘fixes’ and why there are so many products to treat acne. There isn’t a one size fits all fix though, because acne can be caused by multiple contributing factors, for example: stress, diet, internal issues such as inflammation, hormones, & external such as environment all play a part. Now the fun part…there are likely at least a few of those issues causing your acne. Time to put the detective hat on!
Mainstream media mostly focuses on treating acne with creams, scrubs, cleansers etc but there isn’t a lot of focus on WHATs CAUSING the acne. Overall health or changing diet to treat acne isn’t as talked about nearly as much. Probably because skin care companies can’t sell a healthy lifestyle in the same way! There are definitely ways we can tweak our lifestyle to help our bodies be as healthy as possible, and therefore make the acne go away!
So, You Said There Was One Food, What Is IT Already?
Fermented Foods & Drinks -> While fermented foods alone are unlikely to cure acne, fermented food improves acne!
So, How Does Fermented Food Improve Acne?
Beneficial gut flora, or lack thereof, has been linked to a multitude of heath issues and diseases. Our gut balance is incredibly important when it comes to protecting and preserving our health and happiness. (Double bonus!) Researchers are just beginning to understand the very powerful gut-brain connection. This connection indicates that whatever is happening in the gut has a direct influence on what is happening in the mind and therefore has a powerful connection to overall health.
Natural fermentation of foods preserves nutrients in food. It also breaks the food down to a more digestible form. This, along with the bevy of probiotics created during the fermentation process, could explain the link between consumption of fermented foods and improved digestion. Improved digestion + Probiotics= Happy Gut.
When we eat this beneficial bacteria, our digestive tract receives a nutritional powerhouse full of not just probiotics, but enzymes, vitamins and minerals. My favourite fermented foods:
- Kim Chi
So, in a nutshell, eating fermented food improves acne because it has loads of goodness in the form of probiotics with dense nutritional value. All of this goodness will mean your body is able to flush out what it doesn’t need and will hopefully lead to healthier & glowing skin for you.