Probiotics have been a health trend for the past several years, but have you ever wondered what all the hype is about? What exactly are probiotics and why are they good for you?
To put it simply, probiotics are microorganisms that help promote good health, especially in your digestive system (WebMd). You heard it correctly – the right kind of bacteria can actually be good for you!
In addition to improving your digestion, probiotics help promote healthy blood sugar and hormone levels, assist in regulating your metabolism and give your immunity an extra boost (Shape.com). Probiotics also pack a punch in skincare – the American Academy of Dermatology states, “[Probiotics] have been shown to help with clearer skin, decreased skin sensitivity, redness, and inflammation…You may also see a reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and increased elasticity”(Yahoo.com).
These friendly bacteria occur naturally in your digestive tract, but they can be found in a variety of foods, supplements and in skin care products also. If you’re thinking of taking advantage of the health and beauty benefits of probiotics – below are 3 readily available sources for you to try out yourself:
1) Probiotic Supplements:
Due to the rising popularity of probiotics as a health product, their counterparts in supplements can be easily sourced. You can find them in health food stores, drug stores and even in grocery stores. A simple way to get your “good” bacteria, supplements are a convenient source for your probiotics.
Interesting fact: A healthy intestinal tract hosts over 100 trillion friendly bacteria. In order to keep these microorganisms topped up, an effective supplemental dose of beneficial bacteria should include at least 5-30 billion viable bacteria a day (drfranklipman.com).
2) Probiotics in Food
Some may argue that a pill is not always the best and most effective health solution. If supplements aren’t your thing, you may want to consider incorporating probiotic-rich foods into your diet. Foods like natural yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, miso and even dark chocolate are all packed with healthy bacteria (Rd.com).
Interesting fact: Sauerkraut is not only extremely rich in healthy live cultures, it might also help with reducing allergy symptoms. In addition, this pickled cabbage is rich in vitamins B, A, E and C (globalhealingcenter.com).
3) Probiotics in Skin Care
Skin care industry publications like NewBeauty and Dermascope have long endorsed the many beauty benefits of probiotics.
“Probiotics…have long been touted for their ability to improve intestinal health and the immune system. Not surprisingly they’re also proving to be beneficial to the skin,” commented the skin care experts at Dermascope.
“The topical application of probiotics can act as a protective shield on the skin by preventing inflammation known as bacterial interference,” explains our Lead Skin Care Trainer, Natalie Pergar. “Probiotics protect by interfering with the bacteria’s ability to stimulate an immune reaction – they calm the parts of the cells that may want to react to the presence of bad bacteria,” says Natalie.
Here are a few of our probiotic skin care picks:
Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser: This cream-gel cleanser treats oily and problem skin with yogurt-sourced probiotics as well revitalizing cucumber juice and nourishing sweet almond milk.
Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer: An ultra-light moisturizer, this product benefits from probiotics which both exfoliate and soothe the complexion.
Clear Skin Probiotic Masque: Another step in the Clear Skin VitaSkin Solution, this masque uses refining, probiotic-rich yogurt to eliminate the appearance of blemishes.
This post was written by Christie Pike from Eminence Organics.
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