The gut is often referred to as the second brain and for good reason. It plays a critical role in our overall health and well-being. Recent research has shown a strong link between gut health and skin issues in dermatological presentations. In other words, the health of your gut can have a significant impact on the health of your skin.
A diet that is high in processed foods and low in diversity can wreak havoc on the innate flora that inhabit the gastrointestinal system. This can lead to inflammation of the intestinal tract, causing the gut to become abnormally permeable. As a result, food molecules and foreign debris can be presented to the body in atypical ways, leading to a cascade of self-perpetuating inflammation, further nutrient deficiency, and in some cases, even contributing to autoimmune symptoms. Often, the first place where this disarray presents is through the skin.
At Aescend, we offer a holistic assessment that considers the role of the gut. Our nurses are trained in integrative health and dermatology and look for signs of potential suboptimal nutrition. While we leave the role of dietary modification and supplementation up to the respective health professionals, we offer awareness and referral to ensure you get the best possible care.
We believe that treating skin problems requires more than just surface-level solutions. It’s like putting a bandaid over a boil – until the fester underneath is resolved. The surface will continue to be unsightly. Therefore, we urge you to be responsible and see clinicians who prioritise a holistic approach to care.