#412: The Impact Hormone, Toxins and Gut Imbalances Have on Inflamed and Aging Skin with Dr. Trevor Cates

Healing leaky gut and skin involves

  1. Avoiding foods that trigger inflammation
  2. Taking the right supplements
  3. Eating a diverse range of biodiverse plant-based fibrous foods

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Episode Summary

Did you know that the average woman applies over 168 chemicals to her skin every day before lunch from only nine products? If you’re not careful, each of these could harbor major endocrine disruptors. With this in mind, I’ve brought on an expert guest to help us understand the harmful effects of these chemicals and how to avoid them so that we can have the healthiest skin possible as we age.

About Dr. Trevor Cates

Dr. Trevor Cates is the author of the USA Today and Amazon bestselling book Clean Skin From Within and the founder of TheSpaDr.com. She received her medical degree from the National University of Natural Medicine and was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in the state of California.

She currently lives in Park City, Utah where she helps patients from around the world with a focus on skin and hormones. She has been featured on various TV shows, including The Doctors and Extra TV. Cates has interviewed over 250 experts on The Spa Dr. podcast and hosted her own PBS special, Younger Skin From Within. Her next book Natural Beauty Reset: The Spa Doctor’s 7-Day Program to Harmonize Hormones and Restore Radiance is coming on September 13th, 2022.

The Connection of Everything to Your Skin

In this episode, Dr. Cates explains how your skin is an indicator of your overall health. You can’t see inside your body, but you can see your skin. Eczema, for example, is often a sign that there is an inflammatory issue in the gut. When you learn to recognize skin issues as signs of something deeper, you can address the root cause of the problem rather than just treat the symptom.

Like your gut, your skin also has its own microbiome. Your gut microbiome is an important part of keeping your skin microbiome healthy. To heal many gut problems, Dr. Cates recommends identifying your triggers, such as dairy, and avoiding them while healing.

Pay Attention to What Goes on Your Skin

While what you put in your body is important, so is what you put on it. There are countless topical products that can totally mess up your hormones. Dr. Cates asks us to think of the products that we use each day. These are the products that your body never gets a break from. It’s important that what you use are clean, fully organic, and non-toxic.

How do you nourish your skin and your whole body? Leave a comment below!


“Skin is your largest organ and it is a great indicator of your overall health.” [5:27]

“When you don’t address the root causes, these skin conditions can get worse over time and they can also lead to other health issues because you’re not addressing the root cause.” [9:18]

“Now is a really good time to prepare for winter. The fall harvest brings us a lot of really great nutrient-dense foods. Nature is so wise in that a lot of these foods have immune-boosting support.” [34:51]

In This Episode

  • Skin issues as early warning signs of something else [7:15]
  • How skin health is linked to gut health and how to heal both [15:40]
  • How personal care products can interfere with your hormones [23:00]
  • FInding healthy alternatives to many harmful personal care products [30:30]
  • The connection between food, movement, mindset, and skin care [33:15]

Resources Mentioned

Follow Dr. Trecor Cates on Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

Dr. Trevor Cates’ resources

Natural Beauty Reset: The Spa Doctor’s 7-Day Program to Harmonize Hormones and Restore Radiance BONUSES

Environmental Working Group

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