While the benefits of probiotics for conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and food allergies are well established, many people do not know that probiotics can be successful in maintaining healthy skin. In fact, maintaining the natural balance of ‘belly bacteria’ may be key to beautiful skin. When gut flora is out of balance, the body is unable to absorb good nutrients, including those essential for keeping skin healthy and glowing.
Elaborating more on this theme, Pharmacy Mix details the connection between the intestinal microflora and how it’s disruptions will be displayed in your skin. It states, “Since the skin is a reflection of inner health, it’s not surprising that if you suffer from digestive disturbances, your complexion may become sensitive, appear unhealthy, discolored, mottled and pasty. Probiotics can help to change the environment that results in digestive problems.”
As we get older, our skin starts to become more of an issue. As The Charlotte Examiner explains, an out-of-sync digestive system can cause an unnatural flow within our bodies. “As we mature, we are faced with many threats to the beneficial bacteria in our gut… from chlorinated water to overly processed foods,” the article points out. “Good bacteria help neutralize some of the hostile bacteria, so our bodies can absorb and use the nutrients from what we eat a lot more effectively with this good bacteria.”
As we say quite frequently, probiotics are only part of the puzzle and it’s important to take care of all aspects of your life. Also quite significant in having healthy skin is diet and exercise. Below, we have broken down 10 of the best foods for healthy and clear skin – while still keeping your stomach in mind!
- Almonds – Vitamin E helps to moisturize the skin
- Avocados – full of B-vitamins and essential oils
- Berries – a sweet way to get plenty of antioxidants
- Flaxseed – a rich source of Omega-3s
- Green Tea – packed with antioxidants
- Mangoes – contain lots of Vitamin A
- Salmon – Omega-3s and skin-tightening protein
- Tomatoes – cooked tomatoes have a high concentration of radical-fighting lycopene
- Water - did we mention it’s essential to stay hydrated?