Chances are you’ve seen the label of your favorite yogurts now proclaiming they contain gut-healthy probiotics. You may have even noticed that your grocery market now carries something called “kefir.” What is this health craze that is being discussed on celebrity doctor shows and in the pages of nation-wide magazines?
WHAT ARE PROBIOTICS?
Put simply: Probiotics are bacteria. Don’t worry, these are the good type. Bacteria is all around you and inside you. The more good bacteria you have, the healthier you are as your body will be able to take care of critical processes including digestion and detoxification. Best of all, these helpful probiotics provide your immune system with an impressive boost, defending you from viruses. Studies, such as this one published in Nutrition in Clinical Care, are confirming the many benefits that probiotics can provide. One surprising benefit of adding probiotics into your diet is glowing skin health.
YOUR SKIN AND PROBIOTICS
How do live organisms help your skin? Waste in the body, a buildup of harmful byproducts, can lead to inflammation. This same inflammation can affect your skin, producing red blemishes, acne, and rough patches of skin. The way to rid your body of this waste is through detoxification and this process starts in your gut. The more good bacteria you have in your GI tract, the more efficiently you can break down byproducts and detoxify the body. Essentially, you have to go through your stomach to get clear skin.
BEST SOURCES OF PROBIOTICS
- Refrigerated capsules (Between 20 and 50 million per capsule)
- Kefir (milk, water)
- Kimchi (Kimchee)
GET RID OF ACNE
Using probiotics to help with your acne is far from a new idea. It’s been proven time and time again that when you begin supplementing your diet with fermented food-based probiotics, such as yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut, you will see a noticeable improvement in the condition of your skin, especially when it comes to acne. This study, published in Gut Pathogens, reviewed several studies that all confirmed the acne eliminating benefits of probiotics.
FIGHT OFF ECZEMA
Eczema is a condition where only patches of your skin become inflamed, red, and rough. Many times, these patches are itchy, frustrating and embarrassing. You can supplement with probiotics or apply it topically and you’ll be very pleased with the results. Studies show, such as this one published in Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology, that probiotics can effectively fight off eczema and other food allergies as well.
IMPROVES OVERALL SKIN HEALTH
If you don’t have any issues with acne or eczema, you can still benefit from taking probiotics. Maybe you have fine lines that you’d like to reduce. Perhaps, you have acne scars or chicken pox scars from childhood that you could afford to lose. The answer is probiotics. A study published in the Journal of Dairy Science showed that topical application of probiotics resulted in an overall improvement of the skin of the volunteers. Tests taken of the volunteers showed better skin hydration, higher melanin content, and enhanced elasticity.