It’s easy to forget that your skin is a vital functioning organ. With an average surface area of more than 21 square feet and 6% to 10% of your body weight, your skin is actually your largest organ! When I wanted to treat my KP/eczema I always tried to treat it from the surface down, rather than internally. . . When something shows on our outside 9/10 times it’s due to something not being quiet right within. One of the main areas our skin conditions stem from is our gut, bizarre I know, but it really is true. I spoke to many doctors, functional medicine advocates and nutritionists and they thought I might be suffering from a condition called ‘leaky gut.’ But what on earth is it, isn’t that just something some holistic little yogi would say to try and make me just eat leaves? The answer is no. 

 

What is Leaky Gut?

The gut is the gateway to health. If your gut is healthy, chances are that you’re in good health. However, leaky gut can lead to a host of health problems. The gut is naturally permeable to very small molecules in order to absorb vital nutrients. In fact, regulating intestinal permeability is one of the basic functions of the cells that line the intestinal wall. In sensitive people, gluten can cause the gut cells to release zonulin, a protein that can break apart tight junctions in the intestinal lining. Other factors — such as infections, toxins, stress and age — can also cause these tight junctions to break apart.