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The Girlfriend Doctor w/ Dr. Anna Cabeca

Jun 7, 2022

On this week’s episode of the Girlfriend Doctor Show, I had a conversation with Maria Marlowe. Maria is an Acne Nutritionist, helping people of all different shapes and sizes achieve their acne-free skin they truly deserve. Maria approaches healthy skin through the use of healthy foods and healthy lifestyle habits.

We discuss many topics in this interview but the main topics Maria emphasizes are paying attention to our body’s signals, how inflammation can lead to leaky gut and gut dysbiosis, and what foods to eat that will help you diminish your acne. Once again, we are informed that the food we eat can be the main cause for our health problems.

Many people talk about how refined sugars and carbs are the main causes for inflammation in the body and how it can be detrimental to our health. But not many show you exactly how to replace those foods with healthier, and sometimes tastier, options. For those who want to dive deeper on healthy foods for healthier skin, be sure to visit Maria’s website,!


[4:51] Using food as medicine for clear and healthy skin

[7:28] Make the connection between gut health and skin

[13:42] Best foods to eat to combat inflammation

[24:54] Digestive bitters for improving digestion system

[26:31] Maria’s famous beet brownie recipe



“It’s really important to pay attention to your body and the signals your body is telling you in order to find or figure out the optimal diet for you in particular.”

“In acne in particular, and of course for hormone health, in general, we know that a high glycemic diet is not benefitting us and it’s really important to maintain a low glycemic diet; I would say that’s one of the most important things we can do for our skin.”

“The research is really showing that what’s going on in our gut can manifest into our skin, and so people with acne or other inflammatory skin conditions tend to have gut dysbiosis.”

“The research now all points to, for the last twenty years, is pointing to inflammation as really the spark that lights your acne on fire, so to speak.”

“So that’s why focusing on gut health, repairing the gut, repairing leaky gut, making sure you have a good balance of bacteria in there that’s going to support reducing inflammation in the body, that’s going to be key to clearing acne.”

“Definitely more plants. We want to consume more fiber; that’s going to help keep our blood sugar stable. We want a variety of different fruits and vegetables, and depending on where you are with your digestion, you might want to tread really slowly.”

“Starting your day with an arugula salad is going to help your body better digest whatever comes after it.”