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Are probiotics the secret to younger skin?

EMMA WILLIAMS

They say beauty begins from within, and when it comes to gut health this is especially true.

Gut health literally affects your entire body. We all want that shimmery glow and an extra spring in our step. And I’ve got news for you: microbes have an effect on everything from our body fat to our mental health, and yes, our complexions.

 

Healthy gut = healthy skin

The gastrointestinal tract and skin are both organs of detoxification. We need a healthy microbiome in the gut to break down food, absorb nutrients, and eliminate toxins. When our gut flora is not healthy, and there are more bad bacteria than good bacteria, a lot of problems can arise — including chronic inflammation, which is a cause of acne and other skin problems.

Some bad bacteria, fungus, and yeast can even cause inflammation in and of themselves.

 

Inner flora to make your outer self bloom

If you are looking to clear up your skin, you have to start with your gut and the easiest way to do this is to get as much probiotics in a concentrated form into you as you can.

The benefit of probiotics is that they introduce healthy bacteria to the gut and create a barrier to reduce inflammation, which can trigger certain skin conditions.

There is evidence that probiotics may help to build collagen, the main protein in skin that affects its texture and tone.

Increased use of probiotics in the diet may also help to hydrate aging skin, reduce sun damage and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially if consumed in the form of a probiotic drink.

So, in reality, the secret key to supple skin may not be what we put on the outside, but what we consume to make our insides flourish.

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