Why is my skin therapist asking about my bowel movements…?
Our skin has a habit of giving away all of our secrets – what we have been putting on it, what we haven’t been putting on it, how much stress the kids have been causing us, even how firm and formed our stools are. Yep, you heard me, your gut may be using your skin as a message board to tell the world that it isn’t functioning optimally! As skin therapists, we know that treating a skin condition without also treating the cause is a long, slow, uphill battle; that often, we can’t win no matter what we do. That’s why we tend to get a little personal during our consultations and get the low down on your toilet habits! Working on your gut health in conjunction with your skin makes for much faster and more successful results.
Gut Health = Skin Health
Our gut contains friendly bacteria, such as Lactococcus, which help our immune system and breaks down food. But sadly, we must take the good with the bad… so our gut also houses some not-so-friendly bacteria, such as Staphylococcus. Even though it may be enough to make our skin crawl, we need these friendly bacteria to be happy and healthy. However, diet and stress (just to name a few) are often the guilty culprits who welcome these bad bacteria into the gut and needless to say, these guys eventually end up overstaying their welcome! You see, your gut is like a garden and the bad bacteria are the weeds. If we leave these weeds to grow, we end up with an overgrowth of bad bacteria. This overgrowth can lead to all sorts of nasties which you have probably experienced at some point or another; allergies, stomach issues, toilet troubles and inflammatory skin conditions like acne and eczema. Even fatigue can be a symptom of an unhealthy gut not absorbing nutrients effectively. Sound familiar? It’s a bit like this.
Imagine it’s Spring. The sun is shining again, we want to be outdoors, and we get a bit of a green thumb and decide to create a garden masterpiece. So we sort out the weeds, plant a few seeds and stand back and wait for the flowers to blossom. But nothing. Well, just like that garden, our gut not only needs weeding from time to time to rid the bad bacteria overload, but we also need to provide the right environment for our good bacteria to flourish. That’s where the Regul8 Digestive Tune-Up is a must for optimal gut health. Regul8 Digestive Tune-Up is a herbal based three-step program to weed, seed and feed your digestive system. Consisting of three different formulations of capsules, this system ensures all bases are covered.
Here’s How It Works…
1. Cleanse (weed) – weeds the gut of fungal overloads and parasites. The first step in improving digestion
2. Restore (seed) – repairs and restores the gastrointestinal tract, creating the perfect environment for good bacteria to flourish
3. Maintain (feed) – a unique microencapsulated probiotic that protects and delivers 100% live cultures to the lower intestine, where they are most effective
After a thorough consult, your therapist will prescribe a basic, intermediate or advanced program. The whole process will last from 10-12 days up to 6 weeks, depending on the severity of your gut symptoms. During the first week, you’ll most likely not experience any responses beside firm and formed poo! (Yep you heard me right – #sorrynotsorry). But occasionally you can experience ‘die-off’ systems. These include constipation or diarrhoea, bloating and sometimes, even a common cold. But in the grand scheme of things, that’s really only a little pain for a whole lot of gain! In a nutshell: yes, probiotics are great, but unless that garden (aka your gut) is ready for them, those good bacteria in your probiotics don’t stand a chance! Plus remember, those poor probiotics have to work very hard just to make it all the way down to where they are needed. By removing the weeds first and then taking an effectively encapsulated pre and probiotic, you are giving your body (and skin) the keys to a happy and healthy gut!