If you’re anything like me (which I hope you’re not), you’ve been to more gastroenterologists than you’d ever hoped to meet! I’ve been suffering from stomach issues since I was 15 years old & it’s not the most ideal thing in this world to deal with – but ‘first world problems’ right!? It could be worse. But I’m not here to chatter or complain about how annoying my stomach issues are but rather share what I’ve learned from countless doctors…. I suffer from ezcema and have for a while now & each time I would go to a new stomach doc, they’d relate any skin conditions I was dealing with, with my gut. And actually, same goes for my OBGYN person (what are they called again!? or maybe that’s their title!?), I remember when I first started going to see those folks, around the same time I started suffering with stomach concerns and a little chin acne & they too would say ‘well, what are you eating’, ‘do you eat dairy’, ‘do you eat gluten’, yada yada yada!
Anyways, stay with me, I think you can see where I’m going with this…. so because as humans & specifically North Americans’ (I’m gonna lump ‘us’ all in there), our diets can be super taxing on our bodies – even if we’re on this whole clean eating thing & unfortunately I still can’t do kale and for the love of God, Quinoa just is repulsive. But many of us are not able to get the proper nutrients our bodies need by way of our food & sometimes we need a little extra help when it comes to our overall wellness which in turns helps not only our tummy’s but also our skin!
Okay, whew! Glad I was able to tie that all together! But do you know what simple little thing helps our gut and skin live in perfect harmony? That my friends are probiotics! And yes, I’m talking the type of probiotics that good old Jamie Lee Curtis loves too 😉 (those commercials, though!!!) Probiotics are the naturally occurring “good” bacteria that live in your gut and play a significant role in your total wellness. If your stomach is in good order, your intestinal tract can host over 100 trillion friendly bacteria which spend their entire days helping with your digestion, boosting your immune system and fighting off the bad gunk. They basically produce the key ingredients and limit the growth of yeast and unhealthy bacteria. And when they’re not working 9-5 on your stomach, they’re also helping out with any lactose & gluten intolerances, poor digestion issues & the dreaded diarrhea. I think I said I wouldn’t use the D word in any future blogs, but I did it……..
Poor stomach health can result in many types of skin conditions, including (and certainly not limited to):
- Common skin infections – studies show that a poor functioning gut can actually impair the integrity and protective function of the epidermal barrier, which leads to a decrease in antimicrobial peptides produced in the skin
- Darkening of the skin – in scars & skin folds
- New growths on the skin
- Dull complexion
So if you suffer from any of those skin conditions, you could certainly benefit from a quality probiotic! When it comes to probiotics, there are definitely some things you want to look for:
- Plenty of live cultures per capsule
- Vegetarian (benefit not necessary)
- Dairy & gluten free
- Studied & proven probiotic strains
Here are a few probiotics that were either recommended by my previous gastro peeps or ones on the market that the belly suffering community loves!
Remember, when it comes to your gut, it’s important to do your own research and definitely talk to your gastro doc or at least your primary care doc to get you on the right path!
Ultimate Flora Extra Care Probiotic (my doc just put me on this!)
Hope this blog helps get you started! For comments or questions, hit us up in the comment’s section below! Don’t forget, I didn’t go to school for stomach health, so please do your research and consult a very smart cookie if you’ve got any concerns.