- Jessica Luft
Slowing the Aging Process Through Your Gut
Everyone likes to appear younger than their actual age but very few address it by the foods they eat. It is important to add a few key foods to your daily diet due to their anti-aging properties. The following foods can play a key role in creating wrinkle-free skin.
Most people don’t realize just how important gut health is to overall health. It affects the quality of your skin, sleep, mood, level of serotonin, how much inflammation you experience, digestive issues, and so much more. In fact, 70% of your immune system is in your gut. If your gut health is poor and out of balance, chances are you’re probably not feeling very well.
Recently, scientists have discovered even more proof that supports the significance of gut health. Scientists have discovered that “the brain of our gut,” or the enteric nervous system (ENS), consists of two thin layers of more than 100 million nerve cells lining your gastrointestinal tract from the esophagus to the rectum.
According to John Hopkins School of Medicine, “Hidden in the walls of the digestive system, this ‘brain in your gut’ is revolutionizing medicine’s understanding of the links between digestion, mood, health and even the way you think.” Astounding, isn’t it?
However, due to our intake of antibiotics and prescription pills, high levels of stress, poor nutrition, increased intake of toxins and other factors, bad bacteria can compromise your gut flora and your health can deteriorate. When bad bacteria thrive, we get sick, tired, bloated, and experience weakened immune systems, allergies, and depression. In fact, gastrointestinal disorders are responsible for many of the health problems we face today including skin issues.
If your gut health is suffering, you can reverse it with a few basic steps. The most important step is taking a probiotic supplement, which will help restore the good bacteria in your gut and prevent the bad bacteria from thriving.
You will find the blueprint for your probiotic health is as important as the blueprint for discovering what foods are right for you. Some of my clients only need to take one probiotic a day while others with a more compromised system, autoimmune disease, or leaky gut need to take a combination of probiotics. In addition to probiotic supplements, you can also consume probiotic-rich foods. In fact, the best natural sources of probiotics are food-based.
Some of my favorites are:
Natural Yogurt (but if you don’t eat dairy or have inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and eczema I would avoid this one)
Coconut milk yogurt or coconut milk kefir
Sauerkraut and Kimchi
Apple cider vinegar