For healthy skin, what you put in your body is just as important as what you put on it. Believe it or not, the condition of your gut can actually affect the condition of your skin.
Nutritionist Paula Simpson explains, "If your digestive system is not healthy, then you will not absorb and assimilate nutrients to promote a healthy body — and this also includes your skin."
I've written in the past about how the vitamins, such as vitamin C and vitamin D, and antioxidants we get from food can improve our skin. But if your body isn't able to absorb these because your digestive tract isn't in optimal health, you won't experience their full benefits.
Fortunately, there's a way to improve digestive health and ensure you're getting the most out of these nutrients. Probiotics, or "good" bacteria, can help restore balance in your digestive system, which can lead to better skin immunity and reduce irritation and acne.
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In fact, a study recently published in Clinical and Experimental Allergy found that taking probiotics improved atopic dermatitis (better known as eczema) in children. For this study, 220 children ages 18 or younger with moderate to severe eczema received either probiotics or a placebo for three months. Those who received the probiotics showed statistically significant improvement in their eczema compared to the placebo group. And these effects lasted up to four months after the participants stopped taking the probiotics. Children under 12 saw the greatest benefits.
Of course, probiotics don't just benefit your skin. Another study, published last year in World Journal of Gastroenterology, reported that probiotics can help reduce inflammatory bowel diseases and obesity.
You can add probiotics to your diet through fermented foods. But I also recommend Advanced Probiotic Formula, which is an easier way to make sure you're supporting your gut health daily. Each capsule contains over 9 billion viable bacteria, plenty to help keep the balance of your microflora tipped in the right direction. They also have a special coating to ensure they can survive your stomach acid and make it all the way to your intestines, where they're most needed. And, of course, they don't contain added sugar like you're likely to find in yogurt.
Don't let the good dietary choices you're making go to waste — make sure your gut is in the best shape possible to take advantage of all the nutrients you're sending its way!
To your health, naturally,