You have, I believe, often heard that our skin is a reflection of general condition of our body and health. There is probably a good reason why experts stood behind this claim.
While the assumption that there is a significant correlation between our largest immune organ and our skin may seem pretty logical, if we were really aware of the fact how much diet affects overall skin health and skin physiology, then we would probably pay much more attention to it.
Scientists have had a one-sided approach for some time regarding daily consumption of dietary supplements with probiotic bacteria to keep our body functioning optimally. Probiotics are responsible for strengthening our immune system, serotonin production and regeneration of our entire microbiome, but they positively affect our skin as well. It is the skin that is responsible for the reflection of the food which we take into our body. Many times, we are witnessing that inadequate color, smell and texture of the skin may be a reflection of an unbalanced and poor diet. In contrast, bright and radiant skin testifies a balance in our intestines, and consequently on our face. Since the consumption of oral probiotic supplements regulates bowel function, proper absorption of nutrients and the immune response by bringing hormones back into balance, probiotics do the same process on our skin. They are a kind of “protective barrier” to the penetration of bad microorganisms with the simultaneous production of collagen, hydration support, and an active fight against redness, acne and eczema.
There are many good bacteria on our skin, no matter how often we wash it and regardless which kind of surfactants we use. But in addition to good bacteria on the skin, we also find the less “acceptable” ones that multiply by frequent and aggressive facial cleansing in combination with the use of certain substances in synthetic cosmetics. In this way, we reduce the number of good bacteria on our skin which are much more sensitive than pathogenic ones, which consequently flourish, precisely because of a destruction of the heterogeneous facial microflora, and sometimes also due to negative environmental factors such as stress, drugs and pollution.
Although there are many strains today from which we can expect numerous benefits in terms of skin problems, some of the most researched bacteria whose effects have been proven through multiple studies are Lactobacillus acidophillus, Bifidobacterium lactis and Lactobacillus rhamnosus.
Today, scientific experts recommend a combination of external and internal use of probiotics. Probiotic bacteria will create a strong defense mechanism of our intestines and skin in the daily routine, reduce the effect of harmful factors on digestion, and consequently on the production of collagen and elastin, while stimulating the skin’s natural ability of self-renewal.
Invest in your gut and skin health and the results will come sooner than you expect!
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