Robynne Chutkan, MD


When a patient walks into my office, I can see what’s going on with their outer appearance – from skin conditions to hair loss – way more quickly than what’s going on in their digestive tract. But make no mistake – there’s an intimate connection between the two: Studies have found that more than half of all acne sufferers have alterations in gut floraSocieties that eat a more indigenous diet with little or no processed or sugary foods have very few digestive problems and virtually no acneRosacea has been linked to inflammation and bacterial imbalance in the gut, and it’s one of the most common skin conditions I see in my patients with digestive disordersGastrointestinal conditions like celiac disease and Crohn’s can significantly alter absorption, and there’s no question that in addition to bloating, they can also be accompanied by skin problems and hair loss. Almost 25% of people with celiac disease…

Whether you’re looking for a medicinal food to help restore your gut microbes, an energy boost, or simply a quick and convenient way to get in your daily greens, this green smoothie is for you! Used in Dr. Chutkan’s practice as a nutrient and fiber powerhouse, The Ultimate Green Smoothie can turn a not so good day into a great one! Serves 2 Ingredients: 8 to 16 ounces coconut water (or fresh green juice) 1 stalk celery (with leaves) 1 cup kale or spinach (including stalk) 1 cup collard greens 1 cup parsley 1/2 to 1 cup pineapple or nectarine Juice of 1/2 lemon 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger 1 small handful of ice Method: Place all ingredients in a high powered blender and mix until smooth.