before you rush out to buy the latest miracle skin cream, have you thought about improving your digestive health? it doesn’t sound particularly glam, but beautiful, glowing skin does begin in your gut.
so how can you improve your gut microbiome?
there are many ways to improve your gut microbiome to bring benefits to your skin.
although there are a number of ways to do this – including managing stress, sleeping well and avoiding environmental toxins; food undoubtedly, has the most profound impact.
you've no doubt heard of probiotics in the form of Yakult, and some of you have probably got a bottle of probiotics in the fridge (yes, you must keep them in the fridge because they are live microorganisms), but did you know you can consume probiotics through food?
incorporating probiotics into your diet is a great way to ensure a healthy nourished gut garden, and consequent glowing skin.
what foods contain probiotics?
taking a probiotic supplement is the best means of getting a measured dose and identifiable species of bacteria specific to your microbiome. but you can also naturally consume probiotics through the following foods:
yoghurt is one of the best sources of probiotics
kefir is a fermented probiotic milk drink. it is made by adding kefir grains to cow's, goat's or coconut milk.
sauerkraut is finely shredded cabbage that has been fermented by lactic acid bacteria.
tempeh is a fermented soybean product. it forms a firm patty whose flavour is described as nutty, earthy or similar to a mushroom.
kimchi is a fermented, spicy Korean side dish.
miso is a Japanese seasoning.
kombucha is a fermented black or green tea drink.
pickles (also known as gherkins) are cucumbers that have been pickled in a solution of salt and water.
why do you take probiotics?
probiotics help to restore the balance of ‘healthy bacteria’ in the intestines, and maintain a healthy gut. they can help combat bloating, gas and discomfort caused by overgrowth of yeasts or ‘unhealthy’ bacteria. they also produce special fatty acids that feed the cells lining the gut keeping them healthy, and boost our immune function. most interesting, relating to the skin, they introduce healthy bacteria to the gut and create a barrier to reduce inflammation, which reduces the trigger to certain skin conditions. there is also compelling evidence that probiotics hold promise for treating acne and rosacea.
while the research on probiotics is still in its relative infancy, they do seem to be beneficial, but here's the catch: only if taken every day. taking them only now and again holds little value. probiotics may be especially valuable during and after taking antibiotics and for boosting immune function during winter as they have been shown to reduce the number and severity of respiratory infections.
what's your favourite way of getting probiotics into your daily diet? share with us by commenting below; we'd love to hear from you.