I woke up the other morning with a revelation. It was a revelation for me at least. Probiotics. Of course! How could I have forgotten about the importance of probiotics?
I had a busy summer filled with a lot of change. Before the summer had begun, my diet included a lot of probiotics both supplemental and via food. Somewhere in the busy-ness, something had to give and I stopped taking probiotics. I know you might be thinking “So what?“
What I realized the other morning, was my food allergies went on a rampage around the time I stopped taking probiotics. I’m lucky enough to have all my food allergies show up on my face so that I feel and look like a 13-year-old girl with acne issues. I had been so busy that I failed to see the connection between my skin irritations and the lack of probiotics.
Then I wondered, I bet my clients aren’t making the connection either. You see, I want to not only provide you with great products for your skin but I also want to arm you with knowledge. I want to make sure you rely on yourself for the health of your skin, and more so, probiotics are essential to your skin’s health even if you don’t have food allergies.
Gorgeous skin starts in your gut. Here is the quick-and-dirty how & why:
These are 3 ways you can consume probiotics:
1. PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTS.
There are SO many brands of probiotic supplements available. You could stand there for hours comparing them. Look for a probiotic that contains about 1.50 billion live CFU’s (colony forming units). This will be in a refrigerated section of the wellness area of your health food market.
2. YOGURT, KEFIR, BUTTERMILK.
These products contain active cultures of beneficial lactobacillus and/or bifidobacteria. The packaging should state, “Contains active cultures”. The cultures have digested the lactose so even most lactose-intolerant people can eat yogurt, kefir (I use coconut kefir), and buttermilk. If you are lactose-intolerant, start with small amounts and gauge your body’s reaction.
3. FERMENTED FOODS.
Sauerkraut, miso, sourdough bread, kimchi, tempeh, kombucha, fermented vegetables. I personally can only do the miso and kombucha. If I could do the sourdough bread I would, but I’m gluten free. Consuming fermented foods really does require one to be a grown-up (I’m not there yet)!
If you are already taking probiotics, good for you! I’m preaching to the choir, but for those who aren’t—DO. Try it! Give it 2 weeks before you see noticeable results in your skin, and don’t be surprised if while you wait you feel better too.