Why Probiotics Are Good for Your Skin Too

Our bodies are full of bacteria, in fact over 400 million species with more than a trillion living in our gut. 

 

So what are these bacteria doing in our body? 

The majority of our microflora, or gut bacteria, helps improve our diestion, how we absorb nutrients, and boost our immunity. We get certain types of good bacteria during birth and through breastfeeding from our mothers.  But as we get older, we can also consume foods that are rich in good bacteria (aka probiotics) that help our digestive system. 

If you feel constantly tired, bloated, constipated, have a hard time breaking down food, or have a flare ups in skin and sometimes feel moody, what you are eating may be affecting the make up of your gut bacteria and these things. DON'T worry though! You can't totally change this by changing your eating habits! 

By eating the right kinds of foods that are minimally processed, plenty of vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, fruits, and foods containing probiotics can help change our microflora, improve the way your digestive system works, and receive long lasting health benefits. 

 

What does this have to do with skin?

If we apply the common saying "we are what we eat" we can also understand much deeper that if we are eating nutrient dense foods, then our guts are also coming in contact with these foods. So if our gut is able to break down these foods much more effeciently, and our body can absorb them, then the nutrients from these foods are being taking to different parts of our bodies that need them faster and easier. Healthy foods = healthy bacteria = healthy gut = healthy looking skin. 

If our bodies look healthy on the inside, then they are much more likely to look healthy on the outside. And if people who have high nutrient diet, then their energy levels are great, mood is balanced, and their skin is glowing. Our skin is also the last place to receive nutrients because it is the most outer layer of our body--so you can just imagine the amount of veggies, whole grains, fruits, water, good bacteria  etc we need on a daily basis to whip our skin into shape. 

 

Where can you get good bacteria?

Foods that contain probiotics are:

  • yogurt (plant-based and animal milk-based)
  • kefir
  • sauerkraut
  • pickles
  • kimchi
  • tempeh
  • miso
  • kombucha
  • yakult
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I also did a blog post on beauty foods a while back talking about foods that promote healthy skin (read up my friends!)

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One big way I have started to take my skin care with probiotics to whole new level is by using TULA, a skin care line with probiotic technology that can take your skin up a glow notch. When I first heard about it, I was all in (SIGN ME UP!). 

 

After about a month, I am noticing a difference in how well my skin stays moisturized, doesn't grease up as much, and I've had fewer breakouts since trying it out. I occasionally still do get a little spotty, but I'm curious to see how it shows improvement in my skin for the next few months. If you would like to try the product, TULA offers a travel sized (which I'm always a sucker for) option that is less than $50

What are some ways that you like get  your daily dose of probiotics? Or which skin care regimen do you adhere to? I'm curious to know! There’s so much coming out on the beauty-wellness market scene it's hard to keep up!

 

Let's Shine,

Starla