If you’ve noticed stress-induced breakouts, rashes or skin irritations while at-home during the coronavirus pandemic, it may be time to add gut-friendly foods to your diet.
Cookies and chips may have been your go-to comfort foods, but overdoing it on pantry favorites can trigger gut dysfunction (an imbalance of gut bacteria) — and in turn, cause your skin to react. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, a healthy diet can play a key role in clear skin.
In fact, healthy skin can start in the kitchen. Dr. Taz Bhatia, an immune support and wellness physician, offers Yahoo Life three items that can help your skin thrive.
1. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar helps balance gut bacteria, reduces inflammation and lowers the growth of a yeast called candida. An overgrowth of candida can lead to skin problems like acne and eczema. Bhatia suggests adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to water or combining it with oil for a salad dressing. “Apple cider vinegar may not be your favorite drink, but it is magic when it comes to your skin,” she says.
Yogurt provides the body with good bacteria that is essential in overcoming bad bacteria and keeps the gut balanced. “It calms the gut down and helps to take inflammation down,” Bhatia explains.
3. Dandelion tea
Dandelion tea helps cleanse the liver, which over time can help clear your skin. The liver digests, processes and metabolizes different hormones and toxins. “One of the common reasons for unhealthy or broken out skin is a clogged up liver, almost like a laundry bag that's never been emptied,” says Bhatia.
These foods can not only make your skin look good but they can also help you feel good.
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