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November 1, 2017
  •  By: Bethany Ugarte

If you want to heal your skin, you have to heal your gut

My skin clears up when my digestion is working well but I break out whenever I get a bad flare! There IS a connection!

People with small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), Ulcerative Colitis, & Crohns is more prevalent in people who have acne / rosacea. Celiac disease also has cutaneous manifestations and of course, all starts in the gut.

The gut flora also influences skin conditions and probiotics for your gut can actually help reduce inflammation and enhance the skins overall health condition. The gut microbiota influences lipids and tissue fatty acid profiles, and may influence sebum production as well as the fatty acid composition of the sebum!

Needless to say, a healthy gut can create healthy skin! One of my favorite gut friendly and gut healing recipes is my 4-Ingredient 3 Musketeers Bars. They contain gelatin which I have personally benefited from to help heal my gut. In addition, they are dairy free, paleo friendly, refined sugar free, and high in protein.

4-Ingredient 3 Musketeers Bars

Ingredients:
1 cup dates soaked in 1 cup water overnight
2 Tbsp grass-fed gelatin
2 Tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
100% pure unsweetened chocolate to coating

Directions:
1. Spray a small glass dish with coconut oil and set aside.
2. Puree dates in soaking water until smooth and silky.
3. Add gelatin and cacao powder to date puree and blend again.
4. Pour mixture into glass dish and refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
5. Once firm, slice into desired shape/size.
6. Melt chocolate of choice (or make your own by melting 1/2 cup coconut oil with 3 Tbsp cacao powder) and coat each bar.
7. Place back in fridge for 5 minutes for chocolate to harden and enjoy!
*These store great in the freezer because they never become “rock solid” so you can enjoy them straight from the freezer!

Everything starts in the gut (even skin conditions) so having a happy and healthy gut can help cure more than you think!

Bethany is a full-time blogger who focuses on gut health and healing the body naturally through specific foods. She now shares specific recipes and health tips geared towards digestive health. Follow her on Instagram: @lilsipper

Sources:
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth in rosacea: clinical effectiveness of its eradication 
Acne vulgaris, probiotics and the gut-brain-skin axis – back to the future?

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