Probiotic Benefits for the Skin: Foods vs Supplements
Food and nutritional supplements to promote healthy good bacteria
Edited By:Raja Sivamani , MD, MS, AP
Probiotics for skin care are gaining popularity in health these days and rightfully so. Probiotics, considered “good bacteria,” are live bacteria and yeasts that can be beneficial to various processes in your body. Studies on probiotics are relatively new but show early signs of promise, seeing beneficial results in various elements of overall health such as skin appearance, digestion, immune response, and plenty more!
Each individual’s skin microbiome is unique from one another; however, similar to the rest of your body, the skin has good bacteria and bad bacteria. As one can guess, probiotics are handy in providing your body with good bacteria. Individuals receiving probiotics through their diet have experienced improvement when dealing with skin conditions such as acne, eczema, aging, and rosacea. Also, our gut and skin are both organs of detoxification, thus work closely together. By creating a healthier gut environment through the introduction of probiotics, it may have beneficial effects on skin care.
Probiotics are taking the health and nutrition world by storm and you may want to investigate the craze for yourself, but the question lies, where do you start?
What Is the “Right” Way to Take Probiotics?
Probiotics can be easily introduced to your diet by either of two methods: 1) eating foods containing live, active bacteria or 2) probiotic supplements. Which method is better and why?
Cutting quickly to the answer, the best way of obtaining probiotics is by eating foods containing live, active bacteria. Most often, fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and dairy products are highly sought after for their probiotic attribute. Here are the reasons why fermented foods may have an advantage over probiotic supplements:
- Fermented foods may be acid-resistant, meaning they are more capable to stay alive while getting through the stomach’s acids.
- The bacteria and yeasts in fermented foods are live and active.
- Probiotic supplements typically consist of only the bacteria. However, fermented foods provide bacteria and energy sources to promote bacterial growth. Imagine a hungry bacteria versus a fed bacteria.
- Fermented foods also contain vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.
Overall, probiotics are still new and are currently being researched and tested by professionals to indicate the potential benefits that they can provide to our health and for skin care. Benefits from probiotic supplement might be possible, although getting your probiotics through eating proper foods may be of a higher quality. Try out both supplements and foods to see which one yields the best results for you!
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