This Acne Awareness Month, we’re getting in on the glow. Acne isn’t just for teens. It can affect anyone, at any age. If you’ve ever had acne, you know that while it can affect your physical appearance, it can also take a deep emotional toll. And it turns out that, just like there’s a connection between your gut health and your mental health, there’s also a deep connection between your gut and your skin. If your gut is out of whack, you could experience skin issues, such as acne, dermatitis, rosacea, and others. Luckily, there are a few ways to feed your gut -- and your glow!
Prebiotics lay the groundwork for a healthy gut. They’re indigestible fiber (think: roughage) that the good bacteria -- probiotics -- feed on. If you’re taking a probiotic without adding prebiotics to your diet, you may not be setting your gut up for success. Probiotics need food to thrive! Examples of prebiotic-rich foods include chicory root, dandelion greens, garlic, onions, oats, flaxseed, and (luckily!) cocoa. Another tasty source of prebiotics is our Fiber Gummies, which are packed with Inulin from chicory root.
Probiotics are live microorganisms (that good, good bacteria) that live in your gut and help maintain a healthy balance to support your overall well being. Probiotics, when supported by prebiotics, can help treat nausea and diarrhea; support heart health, healthy weight, and immunity; and reduce allergies and eczema. Probiotics can be found in foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, yogurt, tempeh, miso, pickles, and kefir. You can also get your daily dose of probiotics from supplements, like our Probiotic Gummies, Pro, Women’s Health Probiotic, and Total Lactation Probiotic.
Lastly, and perhaps the most mysterious of the “biotics,” postbiotics are waste from probiotics after they’ve consumed prebiotics. Before you say “ew,” postbiotics actually do a lot of the work we associate with prebiotics and probiotics as a result of their interaction. Postbiotics help support your immune system, reduce digestive issues, and may help manage blood sugar. If you’re consuming prebiotics and probiotics, you’ll experience the benefits of postbiotics, too.
We’re all looking for that shine this summer! With diet and supplementation, you can support your gut and, in turn, your glowing skin.
P.S. Our Total Cleanse, which contains a super concentrated form of coconut oil called Monolaurin, can also help balance your gut, eliminate bad bacteria, and reduce bloat.Sources: John Hopkins Medicine, Byrdie, Healthline, Today.com, Healthline, Healthline, U.S. News, Healthline, Canadian Digestive Health Foundation