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4 Shocking Things Your Mom Never Told You About Bacteria

by Raychel Agramon, RN, MPM, February 18, 2020

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The magic of probiotics is no mere hokum - a lot of studies have shown that they are beneficial to the body. Indeed, these microorganisms are saviors of the gut – after all, probiotics can help reduce the incidence of cramps, bloating, abdominal pain, even irritable bowel syndrome.

The benefits of probiotic use are not limited to the digestive tract – they can enhance immunity and improve mental health as well. Most importantly, they can help improve your skin – they might even be useful in the treatment of acne, rosacea, eczema, among many other inflammatory skin conditions.

Given the many benefits of probiotic use, you must get as much as you need for your overall health. Doing so is quite easy, just make sure to follow these tips on how to get the probiotics that you need for stunning skin:

  • Add fermented food to your diet.
  • Getting skin-boosting bacteria is as easy as incorporating fermented food in your diet. These probiotic-rich sources can provide you with the bacterial colonies that you need for improved skin health. 

    For your appetizer, try kimchi, pickles, sauerkraut, or tempeh. Season your food with Miso, and have some yogurt for dessert. Take a sip of Kombucha tea or Kefir drink to wash them straight down to their turf – the digestive system.

  • Eat high-fiber food sources that are rich in prebiotics.
  • Expectedly, if you want your probiotics to work wonders on your skin, then you need to feed them well – and feed them good. 

    Prebiotics are fibers that serve as nourishment for the probiotics in your body. You can’t digest them, and you don’t have to worry about that – you can leave that to the probiotics in your gut. 

    A good thing about prebiotics is that they are widely available in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Season your food with onion, garlic, leek, and chicory root. Eat dishes with asparagus, dandelion greens, and Jerusalem artichokes. For dessert, add bananas and apples to probiotic-rich yogurt. By incorporating these fares in your food prep, your gut probiotics will surely flourish. 


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  • Take prebiotic/probiotic supplements.
  • If you wish to have clear skin – or if you want to minimize your acne, rosacea, or eczema episodes – then you should consider taking prebiotic/probiotic supplements.

    There is no such thing as too much prebiotics or probiotics. Since they are naturally occurring substances and organisms, you don’t have to worry about overdosing or suffering from adverse effects – these usually occur with synthetic medications. Even if you eat a lot of fermented food, it would not hurt to take all-natural supplements. 

    With the many products out there, make sure to study the nutrition label carefully. Check your probiotic supplements to see if it has the best bacterial strains, such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus paracasie, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium longum, and Bifidobacterium lactis. When it comes to skin health and treatment, these are said to be the more effective colonies.  

    As for prebiotic supplements, the best ones are made with inulins and oligosaccharides such as Fructooligosaccharides and Galactooligosaccharides. Apart from supporting probiotic health, these substances can help enhance immunity and improve calcium absorption. They may even help you control your appetite so you can lose weight for good! 

  • Try Probiotic Skincare Products.
  • While medications and treatments can help clarify your skin, there is another thing that you should consider – probiotic skincare products. Unlike the aforementioned interventions, most are all-natural, comparable and cheaper as well.  

    It is necessary that you maintain your skin microbiome, just like you would maintain your gut’s microbiome. The best way to do so is to opt for skincare products rich in probiotic colonies (and not destroy the ones we already have). 

    There are many commercially-prepared products out there, however, they can be a little pricey. Fortunately, you need not spend your fortune to get clear, beautiful skin! You can enjoy the same benefits by making a probiotic skincare product right in the comfort of your own home.

    For example, you can use your probiotic pills as ingredients for your skincare products.  Take the case of this coconut mask recipe:


    • Probiotic capsules (with a dose of 30 billion colony-forming units)
    • Half a cup of coconut cream
    • Optional: a quarter cup of lemon juice, if you have oily skin

    Add the content of the capsules to a bowl of coconut cream. Add lemon juice as needed. Stir well and cover the mixture with cling wrap. Let it stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before applying unto a clean face. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes before rinsing. 

    Probiotics are godsent microorganisms that may help you achieve clear, glowing skin. They are readily available in fermented food, at the same time, you can enjoy more benefits by taking supplements. Achieving beautiful skin and better overall health is very easy, all you need to do is follow these tips on how to get more ‘good bacteria’ into your body.