I always appreciate the role that food ( particularly herbs) play in healing various issues such as acne. Each food is targeted towards a different part of the body, and herbs in this case can help in healing the gut.
You may ask why the gut? Well, leaky gut has become a serious concern for many people today. Most health conscious people know the role the gut plays in the body, and that’s what has caused a panic. The gut is important in the overall health of a person because that’s where diseases begin.
When considering what might cause leaky gut, the first suspect seems to be food allergies. Anything that the body can’t turn into nutrients becomes a disturbance. In fact, it becomes a pathogen.
I’ll give myself as an example. I remember back when I had acne, my diet was really terrible. I’m talking fast food, sugar, and processed anything. It was that bad. My body would show me symptoms that related to the gut, but to be honest, I didn’t have much knowledge of it.
I know however that whenever I ate spicy food or diary, my body would react by giving me more breakouts on the face. Had I been a little more observant, I would see this pattern. But I didn’t.
My digestive system was under immense pressure to digest food that it considered toxic. It had to dispel it somehow, and that happened through my face. My acne worsened the more I continued to eat the food I was feeding my body.
It wasn’t until I changed up my diet and incorporated more whole foods that I began to see a difference. This tells me that the gut plays a significant role when it comes to acne. If you ask me, I would even say that the gut should be the first place you visit when trying to clear out your skin.
What is leaky gut?
The gut allows for small molecules to easily absorb nutrients in the body. Intestinal permeability works at allowing certain substances to pass through while bigger ones are avoided. This is to keep it functioning properly.
Leaky gut occurs when there’s damage in the digestive tract which causes holes to appear in the gut. Once the digestive tract is damaged, it means that food which was impermeable before can now enter the gut. This includes inflammatory foods such as gluten, but also bacteria and undigested food particles.
Knowing what foods are allergens in your body is very important. This is where the elimination diet comes into play.
When you have leaky gut, undigested food particles and allergens can now exit the intestines and enter into the bloodstream. The bad bacteria in the gut is what leads to inflammation. Simply speaking, inflammation causes a host of problems internally, while externally it causes acne.
The body then considers the bacteria and toxic food to be invaders, and goes into defense mode. There becomes an automatic immune response through symptoms. These include:
- Skin conditions i.e acne
- Food allergens
- Digestive issues
- Thyroid problems
What causes leaky gut?
Toxins and undigested food particles are often the main reason for a leaky gut. In terms of food, gluten is the number one cause of digestive disruption. It however isn’t the only one. Inflammatory foods such as sugar, diary, processed food and alcohol are among the list too.
Now that you know what leaky gut is, let’s look at the herbs for acne that help or prevent digestive issues. Here they are:
Traditional healers believe that herbs that are on the bitter side are more potent and beneficial. Well, let me warn you in saying that dandelion is extremely bitter. But, it’s loaded with nutrients that help you look past that. Dandelion comes in its natural form as a plant which you can either juice or boil into a tea.
Either way, it’s beneficial for the gut. These benefits include promoting digestion, populating the gut with good bacteria in the intestines and increasing stomach acid which helps during digestion. It’s also a natural antioxidant that prevents damage to the cells due to free radicals.
I love to use dandelion as a detox for acne because it’s rich in vitamin A, C and beta-carotene.
Curcumin which is a key ingredient in turmeric has shown to prevent inflammation from occurring in the body. This is important in ensuring the gut is populated with good bacteria rather than bad bacteria. When it comes to acne, inflammation can cause it to worsen especially if the skin is always irritated.
Chamomile is a natural soother for muscles and the digestive system. It’s also an antibacterial that fights off bad bacteria in the gut. Because it contains essential oils such as vitamin A, chamomile helps the digestive system break down fats easily.
This herb is an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Whenever the gut is damaged, trust garlic to ensure that it gets rid of inflammation and toxins.
Ginger is an all purpose herb that can go from fighting a common cold to healing the digestive system. It’s also an antiviral and antibacterial which fights against pathogens the body considers to be invaders.
Licorice is an anti-inflammatory herb that heals the intestinal lining. Any damage to the lining is what causes toxins and bacteria to enter the gut. So it prevents that from occurring. It’s also a powerhouse at healing any stomach issues such as bloating.
This herb isn’t only good for skin and hair. Aloe vera heals the intestinal lining as well because it’s an anti-inflammatory. It helps balance the acid/alkaline acid levels as well as reduce yeast population in the body.
MSM is a herb that is an anti-inflammatory which allows for the removal of waste from the cells. It also helps with digestive by calming the intestinal lining during digestion.
- Burdock root and artichoke
These herbs both benefit the digestive system and body as a whole. Burdock root is a blood purifier, heals the skin and also helps food digest better in the body. Artichoke on the other hand is an antioxidant that is considered a suuperfood. It gives support to the digestive system and is a good source of fiber. Fiber is great at reducing pain and discomfort in the stomach.
Peppermint really helps allow food to settle down after ingestion. This prevents bloating as well as a stomach upset. The herb improves digestion by reducing bloating and constipation. It’s also a microbial which fights bad bacteria.
How can anyone forget green tea, right? It’s loaded with amazing properties that can benefit the body. Green tea regulates the digestive system as it’s an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. I know whenever I drink green tea after a meal, I’m less likely to experience bloating and stomach sensitivity.
Lemon balm is another great herb that it beneficial at healing the gut naturally. It’s a part of the mint family and helps with digestive issues such constipation. It also is an antioxidant and antibacterial that protects the cells from free radicals.
What are some herbs for acne that you would love to use to help out your gut? I personally love green tea and dandelion. Leave your comment down below.