It may come as a surprise, but there are more similarities than differences between your skin and your gut lining. Both of these physical barriers use tight junctions to control the flow of water, ions, and molecules into your body. Both are defensive in nature, protecting you from toxins. And both the skin and gut are supported by a microbiome that supports the immune response to pathogens.
Beyond these similarities, did you know these supportive barriers can directly affect each other? Research has shown that the gut can influence the signaling pathways that coordinate processes essential to skin health through your vascular system (veins and arteries). Other research indicates that the gut microbiome may migrate directly to the skin allowing the gut to impact the skin from the surface as well.
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Could tight junctions regulate the barrier function of the aged skin?, Marek Svobodaa, Zuzana Bílková, Tomáš Muthný, Journal of Dermatological Science, 81, (2016), 147–152.
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Simply put, ION*Gut Health helps maintain tight junction integrity, which in turn helps maintain the overall health of your body and brain. This encourages better cell-to-cell communication, a more diverse microbiome, and a protected immune system. All of these things allow your body to operate the way Mother Nature intended: in a state of complete well-being.
You’re probably already familiar with the fact that your body encounters all sorts of toxins on a daily basis, from the food you eat to the air you breathe to the water you drink and bathe in. Environmental toxins are simply unavoidable.
...Which Causes 80% of All Chronic Degenerative Diseases...
As daily exposure to toxins has increased, many people cannot efficiently detox heavy metals and chemicals from their bodies. It’s estimated that most people have between 400 and 800 chemicalsstored in their bodies. According to the World Health Organization, environmental pollution is the underlying cause of 80% of all chronic degenerative diseases.
...And Makes You Feel Yucky on a Daily Basis.
Aside from causing chronic disease down the road, when toxins get stuck in your body, they wreak all kinds of havoc, interrupting the function of your organs and causing you to feel sluggish, depressed, or like your brain is in a fog. Environmental toxins, without a doubt, can impact your daily life. This is why it’s so important to give your body the support it needs to detoxify your systems.