Everyone seems to always be reminded of the powers of probiotics. These ‘good bacteria’ help replenish our intestinal tract which in many cases is challenged by an overgrowth of yeast aka candida, the ‘bad bacteria’. Essentially, we need a certain amount of bad bacteria to keep our gut balanced and our immune system (most of it is derived from the gut) healthy. However this overgrowth is due in part to causes such as a processed food diet, over antibiotic use and other factors, which can result in a variety of health problems. Incorporating a good bacteria supplement into your diet may be a smart preventive practice. Interestingly, there are possible beneficial side effects showing that probiotics may be good for your skin and hair too.
Eat Dairy, Add Probiotics, Cure Acne?
Most dairy has been shown in one way or another to challenge the human digestive system. Some believe it creates a breeding ground for candida which can result in skin eruptions. Celebrity Woody Harrelson suffered with acne until the unsolicited words of a stranger simply caused him to cut dairy out o his diet. He comments, “I was about 24 years old and I had tons of acne and mucus. I met some random girl on a bus who told me to quit dairy and all those symptoms would go away three days later. By God she was right.” Using probiotics may be the best tool to for acne reduction or even elimination especially when consuming dairy. According to a paper published by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health titled, ‘Acne vulgaris, probiotics and the gut-brain-skin axis – back to the future?’, part of the conclusion stated, “…there appears to be more than enough supportive evidence to suggest that gut microbes, and the integrity of the gastrointestinal tract itself, are contributing factors in the acne process.”
It Could Be The Body’s Alarm System
If you really look at and listen to your body, in many instances it will let you know if there is a problem. It is when the location of the problem does not directly correlate with the location of the cause that most people do not put two and two together. For instance, there are visual markers on your nails and tips of your fingers that can indicate a lung related issue or subtle changes of the color of the whites of your eyes or your tongue which may indicate potential blood, digestive or toxicity challenges. As the bacteria in your gut struggles to balance itself it could diminish nutritional absorption throwing off many other parts of the body including the skin and hair.
Probiotics seem like a win-win when it comes to digestive as well as skin and hair health. In addition to a supplement, foods that contain good bacteria include yogurt, miso soup, honey, artichokes, pickles, dark chocolate and soy milk. Check with your doctor before taking probiotic supplements.