I think by now we are all mostly aware of how essential probiotics are when it comes to our health, but do you know about prebiotics? This term is often left out of the discussion when we talk about gut health, but in actuality are necessary and go hand in hand with probiotics. Today I am going to break down for you what prebiotics are and why prebiotics for skin health are so essential.
What are Prebiotics?
Alright, so lets get straight to the issue here, what are prebiotics? Prebiotics refers to a non digestible food ingredient that promotes the growth of beneficial (good) bacteria in the intestines. Essentially this means that prebiotic foods feed the probiotics and when you pair the two of them together (prebiotics and probiotics) you will see even better results. The non digestible part means that the food passes through the upper part of our GI tract and remains undigested as the body can’t break them down. Once they pass through the small intestine, they reach the colon, where they are fermented by the gut microflora.
Where to find Prebiotics?
The top sources for getting more prebiotics in your life include things like: dandelion greens, leeks, jicama, under ripe bananas, garlic, onions and asparagus. Prebiotics have tons of benefits for our health, but for today, I want to focus solely on one area, which is skin health.
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Prebiotics for Skin Health
Truly clear and glowing skin starts from within and having a healthy gut is vital, so ensuring you are eating a varied diet filled with prebiotics and probiotics is essential. The better the environment of your gut, the better your skin. This is because when there is too much bad bacteria, undigested toxins get pushed out through the skin resulting in acne.
So we know that the gut has a huge microbiome filled with all kinds of bacteria, some good and some bad, but did you know that your skin (your largest organ) also has a microbiome as well. This skin microbiome consists of millions of bacteria and immune cells that all work together to maintain the protective barrier, which is critical as your skin is the first line of defense against the outside world.
Autoimmune diseases and Prebiotics
Another interesting facet to all of this is the connection between many autoimmune diseases and other issues like leaky gut, SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth), dysbiosis (candida) and other GI disorders many times are related to a skin issue such as eczema, rosacea, rashes and hives. In most cases when you resolve the issues with the gut, you will be addressing the root cause and subsequently resolving the skin issues at the same time, decreasing the need for corticosteroid creams or other expensive lotions that don’t address the root cause. Further, approximately 70% of your immune system resides in your gut, so when you are suffering from an autoimmune issue, focusing on the gut is a good idea. Applying topical probiotics is a good idea as your skin absorbs much of what is put on it, so using a yogurt mask with additional probiotics is a great way to support that skin microbiome.
Research is ongoing in this field and I think will only continue to grow and grow. A recent study has shown positive effect(s) on skin by modulating the immune system and by providing therapeutic benefits for atopic diseases. In another study looking at women who consumed fermented milk, “a significant difference was observed between the intake group and non-intake group in regard to clearness of the skin as assessed by visual analogue scale. Therefore, consecutive intake of probiotic and prebiotic fermented milk might have beneficial effects on the skin that prevent dryness.” This also had a beneficial impact on the women’s digestion and bowel movements which also plays a role in skin health. In case you didn’t know, your bowel movements and gut health have a significant relationship to your outer appearance!
How do I get my Prebiotics and Probiotics in?
If you are curious as to how I like incorporating prebiotics (and probiotics) into my diet, the answer is food mainly! I absolutely adore the products from The Beauty Chef, specifically their Glow Powder and Protein Powder (Chocolate is my fave!). I find taking these products is great for me, because I can be really busy and these are easy to take on the go. If I am stuck in a rut and don’t know what to make for lunch sometimes or am just not that hungry, I’ll make a smoothie with this protein powder and include some fats to help fill me up and I am good.
Here is another recipe you can follow using The Beauty Chef products!
Getting glowing, radiant skin from within is truly something that doesn’t happen overnight nor do you get it by following different trends for short periods of time. It takes dedication. You can’t just drink tons of water one day and then forget to drink water for the next few days, but once you start implementing new approaches and practices you will SEE the difference, that I promise you.
One thing I have learned for certain is that if you want great skin, it begins in the gut.
Looking for a delicious way to incorporate more prebiotics and probiotics into your diet for skin health. Check out this beautifying pink smoothie featuring the Glow Powder and an unusual smoothie ingredient that I think you will love!
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