Plano and Dallas Area Dermatologist Dr. Ellen Turner Connects Gut, Skin, and Total-Body Health
Everybody knows the cliché, "You are what you eat." But there's a reason it's such a well-used phrase: It's basically true! People whose diets are varied, balanced, and full of the elements vital to a healthy body will typically find that their skin, hair, and more reflects the natural goodness of their meals. That's why Dr. Ellen Turner is so committed to working with her patients in Dallas and Plano on nutrition.
Numerous studies have found a strong link between a person’s gut health and their skin, especially in cases of such chronic issues as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and even acne. Since diet and nutrition are major influences on gut flora, and since the state of the gut can impact the condition of the skin, a dermatologist fully committed to helping patients achieve ideal results should consider every aspect of their nutritional choices.
The Role of Testing
Dr. Turner offers wellness testing that can detect internal problems related to hormones, toxic metals and other environmental elements, risk of cardiovascular disease, and gastrointestinal health. Depending on the results of these tests, she may recommend nutritional supplements, a change in diet, and more in an effort to restore the body to health.
Some of her strategies are based on what is known as the "4R" program, which stands for "remove," "replace," "reinoculate," and "repair." This uses nutrition, supplements, and more in concert to restore health. "Remove" takes undesirable elements, from allergens to pathogens, out of the diet. "Replace" introduces beneficial enzymes into the digestive system. "Reinoculate" puts a major focus on nutrition and diet by repopulating the gut with "good bacteria," such as those found in fermented foods and probiotics. "Repair" is a months-long process that requires nutrition vigilance as cells in the gut lining grow anew for a stronger, healthier system.
Many patients who follow these steps and maintain proper nutrition find that symptoms of their chronic skin condition clear up or are easier to manage.
Dr. Turner promotes ProLon® for patients interested in the role nutrition can play in helping with their skin health. The five-day dietary program mimics a fast, but allows for the continued consumption of food—including energy bars, soups, snacks, and more—as well as helpful supplements. Instead of avoiding ingesting anything but water for a week, patients can turn to the plant-based options available from ProLon® for their nutritional needs as they "re-set" their gut health.
The relationship between gut and skin health is obviously a complex one. Anyone who wants to learn more about the connection, as well as what can be done for short- and long-term results, is encouraged to contact Dr. Ellen Turner for more information. As a licensed and certified dermatologist, she is particularly equipped to diagnose skin conditions and develop an effective, results-based plan of action.