Written by Zoë Holloway, May 27, 2016

Beauty begins on the inside, so here’s how to look your best and feel it, too.

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Why?

‘The gut is where 70 per cent of your immune system lies,’ says inner health expert Carla Oates from The Beauty Chef. ‘It’s where we metabolise hormones, make nutrients, create detoxifying enzymes and neutralise pathogens.’

Basically, it creates the good and counteracts the bad. She adds, ‘To achieve a healthy gut, we need to support good bacteria in our digestive system.’

But aren’t bacteria bad?

‘We co-exist with about 1000 different species of bacteria,’ says Carla.

‘Just think of those good bacteria as the skin’s helpers that affect our health, skin, and the way we feel.

To look and feel our best, we aim for a predominance of good bacteria over the bad bacteria, as an abundance of bad can contribute to skin problems, from acne to rosacea and premature aging.’

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How it works:

‘Our bodies have a very clever priority system that looks after vital organs first. This system doesn’t prioritise our beauty routine, so our skin, hair and nails are the last places to receive nutrients,’ she explains.

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