Just two decades ago we knew very little about the role of the microbiome in human health. Today, it’s one of the hottest topics in both the scientific literature and the popular media. But while most studies so far have focused on the microbes that live in the gut, researchers are now turning their attention to the skin microbiome—with fascinating results.
This article is part of an ongoing series comparing prescription medication with a Paleo diet as a means of treating common diseases and health problem. Click here to read the other articles in the series. Over 3,000 distinct types of skin disease have been identified, and skin diseases are extremely common in the industrialized world. Between 79–95 percent of adolescents and 40–54 percent of adults in western societies experience acne. Twenty-five percent have dermatitis, 11 percent have… Read More
Here is The Roundup, Edition 14, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past A great study was just published illustrating the gut-skin-immune connection and the ability of probiotics to influence that axis. The authors discuss the vicious cycle of inflammatory gut disease, where inflammation leads to leaky gut, which leads to more inflammation, and so on. The inflammatory cytokines produced by this inflammation in the… Read More
Soon after the advent of the ‘germ theory of disease’ in the nineteenth century, the idea of voluntarily swallowing a pill full of bacteria would’ve sounded a little crazy. But as we learned more about the importance of the community of bacteria and other microorganisms occupying our intestines, eating probiotics has become the acceptable way to help re-populate our guts after courses of antibiotics or other stressors. As we’ve continued to learn, it appears that… Read More
One of the biggest motivations to adopt a more nutritious diet is the desire to improve skin health. Many people of all ages struggle with skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, dry skin, wrinkles, and sun damage, among others. This can be very upsetting for those who have yet to find a solution to their problematic skin. While conventional medical professionals often discount the connection between skin health and nutrition, there is strong evidence to… Read More
We’ve talked a lot about the “gut-brain” axis. But did you know there’s also a “gut-skin” axis? And did you know that researchers have been aware of this connection for more than 100 years? Of course, this early work was forgotten for about 90 years, and it has only received increasing attention in the last decade. It’s an exciting area of study, and it gives us new strategies for naturally treating skin conditions like acne… Read More