As every gardener knows, the same soil can grow beautiful flowers and toxic weeds. Did you know it is the same with your gut?  
Oh, and I’m not talking about planting an actual garden…

Growing a healthy gut garden is a helpful metaphor for understanding how to care for your gut in order to support beautiful skin.

To grow a flourishing gut garden follow these four principles which form the basis of the Bestow Love Your Gut Programme. Today we are looking at principles one and two.

  1. Create a healthy soil environment
  2. Plant good seeds
  3. Nurture the plants
  4. Starve the weeds


ONE \\ Create A Healthy Soil Environment
The quality of the soil in your gut garden will hugely influence the quality of the gut flora (microbes) that grow there. An integrative approach is needed to prepare an inner environment that will promote flourishing gut flora.

Fibre is an essential factor in gut healing. The optimum environment for healthy gut microbes occurs in a digestive system where wastes, toxins and hormones are regularly eliminated through the bowel. You can’t heal a constipated skin!

Fibre Sources: Avoid processed foods and eat a whole-food diet rich in fruit and vegetables. Bestow Be Cleansed powder includes a range of soluble and insoluble fibres to promote regular elimination.

Avoid Aggravating Foods
As part of preparing the gut for healing it is important to remove common aggravating foods like grains, beans, pulses, legumes and night-shades. These foods contain anti-nutrients (phyto-actives that have no nutritional value), which can be irritating to the gut. After your gut is stronger, you can try re-introducing these one at a time.

Fortify the Gut Wall
Healing and repairing the gut wall is a vital part of an integrated approach to gut restoration. A leaky, permeable gut allows harmful microbes to escape and enter the blood stream where they can cause irritation and inflammation in the skin.

Bone broths are a key feature of the Bestow Love Your Gut Programme, because they contain specific amino acids which help to repair the gut wall. Liquorice, slippery elm, organic sulphur and L-glutamine are key ingredients in Bestow Be Cleansed powder and are instrumental in facilitating healing and repair of the gut wall.

TWO \ Plant Good Seeds
Probiotics are the good seeds you plant in your gut garden. Probiotics are beneficial live microbes (bacteria and fungi) which your gut needs in order to thrive. Stress, poor diet and some medications can deplete good bacteria populations. To support your gut, you need to supply it with probiotics on a daily basis.


Fermented foods generate beneficial live bacteria and fungi as part of the natural fermentation process. Sauerkraut, kombucha and coconut yoghurt are key foods in the Bestow Love Your Gut Programme for this reason.

Organic fruit and vegetables provide beneficial microbes via the tiny particles of unsterilized soil they carry. These microbes will provide protection against allergens in the environment in which they grow, so eat organic produce from your local area for optimal health benefits.

Probiotic Powders/Supplements are a great way to boost your probiotic intake on a daily basis. Bestow Gut Love + (coming late 2018) is a world-class symbiotic powder including probiotics, prebiotics and digestive enzymes for a thriving gut garden.

Note: It’s important to eat from a variety of probiotic sources in order to supply a wide range of microbe strains. The goal is to grow a garden with a variety of beneficial gut flora, so make sure you plant more than one type of seed!


The Bestow Love Your Gut Programme brings together all four principles in a 7-day gut healing plan which can be cycled as a four-week programme for greater benefits. The beautifully designed online platform provides gorgeous gut-healing recipes, a 7-day meal planner, shopping guides, nurturing rituals and wellness wisdom. You have samples of the products you need for the programme in your goodie bag. Purchase your full-size Bestow Beauty Plus Oil and Bestow Beauty Powder at Skin Focus and sign-up for the programme at
Till next time,


Please let me introduce Janine Tait. Janine is New Zealand’s leading dermo-nutritionist, a holistic skincare educator and the founder of Bestow Beauty, a fast-growing wellness company which offers a beautiful range of organic skin nutrition superfood blends, recipes and rituals to nourish skin from within. Over the program, Janine is going to exclusively give you an insight about how to nourish and strengthen your skin from the inside-out.

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