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Daily Contest Saturday May 13
Today’s Theme: Skin Health
Read about today’s theme and then answer the question to enter the daily contest.
Did you know that your digestive health can influence your skin health? Researchers have suspected this connection since the 1930’s and now modern science has proven it.
In fact, Naturopathic Doctors are most often one of the only primary care providers that keep digestive health in mind when investigating and treating various skin conditions.
The research is fairly straightforward. It has found that imbalances in digestive bacterial levels or pre-existing digestive conditions can increase the likelihood of developing certain skin conditions such as: acne, rosacea, psoriasis, vitiligo, eczema, and other forms of dermatitis.
The cause of this connection is multifactorial however it is speculated that gut inflammation can compromise the integrity and protective properties of the epidermal barrier (skin), which leaves the skin vulnerable to irritation. Gut flora can also play a major role by influencing neuropeptides, like Substance P, and altering lipid and fatty acid profiles of the skin. This in turn can modify sebum levels and promote an inflammatory reaction. Perhaps this can explain why a Russian study found that 54% of acne sufferers had significant alterations in their gut bacteria.
If you continue to suffer from a skin condition and do not know what approach to take, then I suggest visiting your local Naturopathic Doctor. We are trained to understand that the skin is a reflection of our internal state of health. Diving deeper and working on a foundational level will not only optimize your general wellbeing but can also assist you in finding that glow you’ve been searching for.
For more information on this gut-skin connection, check out this article: https://themedicalsanctuary.com.au/the-gut-skin-connection-how-altered-gut-function-affects-the-skin/
Today’s Contest Question
Q: True or false: Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum containing probiotics can assist in improving acne?
The contest is now closed, we hope to see you next year!
Today’s Featured Doctor: Mallory Ryan, ND
Ohana Health & Wellness Centre
3514 Joseph Howe Drive
Halifax, N.S. B3L 4H7
(902) 406 5433 Phone
(902) 425 6090 Fax
Dr. Ryan is dedicating her life’s work to helping people heal by creating an open and non-judgmental space where intentions can be made and plans formulated to assist her patients in becoming the best version of themselves. She believes that when your health is thriving, life simplifies and you become more equipped to contribute, not only to oneself, but to our loved ones and the world around us. Dr. Ryan has been quoted many times stating, “This is why I do what I do”. More about Dr. Ryan.