May 25, 2022 2 min read

Probiotics and Prebiotics

Certain foods can make or break your skin health. Our gut microbiota is pretty sensitive to what we put in our body. This includes an abundance of living microorganisms in the digestive tract. Other terms such as gut flora and gut microbiome are used to talk about these good and bad bacteria. Without enough good bacteria, our gut and overall health might be at risk. 

One of the important steps to improving skin health is to incorporate probiotics into your daily routine. Probiotics contain GOOD bacteria that are classified as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. These help us digest fiber and increase production of biotin and vitamin K (commonly used in dietary supplements).

  • Lactobacillus is the most natural probiotic found in yogurt and other fermented foods. Certain strains of this bacteria can aid in the digestion of lactose, milk and sugar. 
  • Bifidobacterium takes primary care of your gut health such as symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS.) It’s also been proven to help people with weight management

Prebiotics provide nutrients to probiotics and are located in most plants and grains. Stronger together, they go hand and hand to improve flora population in our gut. Some basic additions you could add to your diet include artichokes, barley, berries, chicory, legumes, oats, and certain vegetables. 

It will be beneficial to your skin and gut health by incorporating these staple pro and prebiotic foods: yogurt, kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, kefir, garlic, apples, bananas, asparagus and onions, which are rich in both pro and prebiotics. Since our microbiome is very impressionable, anything that could affect you mentally and physically could make it worse. Diet and stress are big factors in this. 

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