Simply put, probiotics are helpful bacteria that help your body fight harmful bacteria. There are a wide variety of foods I recommend that are full of probiotics, such as miso soup, kefir, kimchi, tempeh, and yogurt with “live cultures,” as well as probiotic supplements. These “good bacteria” live in your gut and are responsible for taking care of digestion as well as playing a significant role in your overall wellness. A healthy intestinal tract can host over 100 trillion “friendly” bacteria which have many jobs, including manufacturing key nutrients, boosting your immune system, and limiting the growth of yeast and harmful bacteria. However, while most people think of probiotics as simply a digestive aid, they may have another important use: skin care. Probiotics for healthy skin are the next big thing in the skin care movement.
The skin and GI tract are similar in that they both are organs for detoxification. When the microbiota of your GI tract is unhealthy, meaning there are more harmful bacteria than good bacteria, many problems can arise, including inflammation. This may worsen acne, rosacea and other skin problems. Reducing harmful bacteria and increasing good will help create a strong microbiome in your stomach, helping to break down food and eliminate toxins.
While balancing the “ecosystem” of your gut is a great way to feel healthier using probiotics for healthy skin may also involve topical applications. In fact, designer cosmetic brands are taking advantage of this research and adding probiotics to many of their skin care lines. It is still is too earlier to know scientifically if these topical probiotics are helpful, but there is a lot of research in this area.
Probiotics are a simple, natural way that may help to fight common problems such as inflammation, eczema, and acne. Eating foods rich in these live cultures is scientifically backed to help eliminate toxins in your body, boosting your overall wellbeing.
Are you ready to try probiotics for healthy skin?