Beauty and the Bugs: Your Microbiome and Your Face (and More)
on Auguste 22nd, 2019
As research grows and evidence mounts, it is becoming increasingly clear that we are part of a community or micro-organisms that help to shape how we look and feel. This network of viruses, bacteria, mites, and other micro-organisms constitute each individual's microbiota (or microbiome).
I believe the microbiome helps to define and dictate our well being, including our beauty. Here are some highlights of a recent presentation I made, about how the microbiome and one of the bodily functions it helps to regulate, digestion, play a quintessential role in our perception of ourselves.
Humans are colonized by ten times more non-human cells than human cells.
We need these non-human cells because they are collectively involved in numerous functions of the body, including, but not necessarily limited to: nutrient metabolism, drug metabolism, antimicrobial protection, immune function, hormone regulation, and physiologic homeostasis.
These micro-organisms are located located along various parts of the body, including the skin, nose, mouth, breasts, placenta, reproductive tissues, lung, eyes, and most notably, the GI tract or the gut.
The gut serves as an interface between the external environment (who you eat, for example). When in a state of physiologic balance, the gut functions to keep "bad bacteria" out of the bloodstream, thus preventing toxins from traveling throughout the body. When the microbiome is in a state of unbalance, this is referred to as "dysbiosis." In dysbiosis, the mechanisms that normally keep out the bad bacteria are disrupted. In this case, toxins are able to enter the bloodstream to wreak havoc both in the gut and also at distant sites, including the skin (example: acne).
The skin also serves as an interface with the external environment, and it, too, has its own microbiome. The skin serves a barrier function, allowing toxic materials from entering into the body. If the balance of your skin microbiome is not healthful, acne or other skin conditions may result.
So, it is important to be mindful of how you care for your skin and what you put onto it.
For more information on how to care for your gut and your skin, call my office for a consultation or stay tuned to my podcast, Forever F.A.B. for product and service reviews and interviews with the holistic beauty and wellness gurus of our time!
Stay Beautiful- inside and out!