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Your Gut and Itchy Skin
What your itchy skin indicates about your gut
You’ve heard of the gut-brain axis. Well, research shows there’s a gut-skin axis too. That means your skin is constantly communicating with your gut, and your gut is constantly communicating with your skin.
In fact, a new study shows exactly why people with skin problems are more likely to have gut problems and vice versa…
Scratching your skin may make you more vulnerable to food allergens
Researchers from Harvard Medical School just discovered that the simple act of scratching your skin could prime your gut for allergic reactions.
In their study, they put small strips of tape on the skin of mice to trigger itchy skin. Once the mice scratched their skin, researchers saw that the skin produces a cell-signaling protein called IL-33. This protein enters the bloodstream and makes its way to the gut.
Once IL-33 is in the gut, it works with a protein secreted by cells in the lining of the intestine called IL-25. The two proteins together produce a chain reaction that causes mast cells (cells responsible for allergic reactions) in the intestine to expand.
When mast cells expand, it makes the intestinal lining more permeable, which makes it easier for allergens to get into the tissues. As a result, mice who got the tape also responded more severely to food allergens.
Researchers took biopsies from the intestines of children with atopic dermatitis (an itchy skin condition) too and found that they had more mast cells.
Healing your gut to heal your itchy skin
This research shows the gut-skin axis in action. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that an itchy skin condition is causing your food allergies. It means that your gut and skin are constantly communicating with one another.
In my opinion, gut-skin trouble starts in the gut. If your microbiome is out of balance, it can cause itchy skin issues like atopic dermatitis. And if you scratch that atopic dermatitis, you could make your gut more susceptible to allergens and toxins. It’s a negative feedback loop.
If you want to stop this destructive cycle, start by healing your gut.
Now, healing your gut isn’t easy… or quick. It takes time and dedication. here are some tips about getting gut health back on track:
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