Maintaining Healthy Skin from the Inside Out

Maintaining Healthy Skin from the Inside Out

Probiotics are known to be important in maintaining intestinal health, but who knew that they could also promote beautiful, healthy-looking skin?  Probiotics are naturally occurring in your body, but can also be found in yogurt, milk, juices, and is also offered in a pill form that can be taken orally. They work from the inside out, directly stabilizing the digestive system, which in turn promotes healthy skin.
Acne, among other things, is caused by stress, anxiety, hormones, and depression, which increase the amount of bad bacteria in your small intestines.  This change triggers an inflammatory response, causing skin changes such as acne, eczema, atopic dermatitis, and rosacea.  So how do we fight back against the bad bacteria?  Studies suggest that probiotics can help decrease the triggers of acne by balancing the good and bad bacteria in the body.   
Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the most important precautions anyone can take against sun damage and skin cancer.  While wearing sunscreen and hats is essential for sun protection, taking a probiotic can add an additional line of defense.  Studies show that taking probiotic supplement can also decrease water loss and keep skin more hydrated.  It has also been found that probiotic use can decrease thinning of the skin, which will keep the skin firmer.
Kefir, in particular, is a popular source of probiotics that is used to treat wounds that will not heal.  It can be applied to wounds in a gel form and can also be ingested in a drinkable yogurt form.  Probiotics have even been used to prevent and treat antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections such as MRSA, that arise in open wounds. 
Some popular probiotics on the market include Kimchi and Kombucha tea.  Its safe to say that they are a worthy addition to your daily diet!
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