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Your skin is a direct reflection of the health of the bacteria in your gut.

Yes, that sounds crazy, but follow me on this.

We have trillions of bacteria in our gut made up of about one thousand different species, represented by 5,000 distinct bacterial strains. Everyone's gut microbiota is different.

We have more bacteria in our bodies then we do genes.

Our gut flora does many things, it extracts nutrients from food, metabolizes drugs, makes vitamin K and biotin, and serves as a protective barrier against intestinal infections.

The main factors that affect your personal microbiome are age, diet, environment, genes, and medications (particularly exposure to antibiotics, which can deplete gut bacteria).

Research has found the microbiome may hold the key to everything from weight gain, cholesterol, glucose levels and even mood.

Many studies have found a direct connection between the health of your gut microbiome and your overall health.

We have both good bacteria and bad bacteria, and we need both. Your gut is healthy when they are correctly balanced.

When your gut flora is out of balance it can cause a host of health issues from IBD, IBD, diabetes, obesity, central nervous system disorders, heart problems and even cancer.

When your gut bacteria are healthy it increases the body’s ability to absorb nutrients that the skin needs to keep itself looking young and glowing.

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