Day 7 – How our gut and skin are connected
The skin supports a delicate ecosystem of microorganisms, including yeast and bacteria. One square inch of skin holds up to 500 million microorganisms! (Equal to about the size of a pea) When most of us think of microorganisms we think of bad things, but some, called probiotics help keep the bad microbes in check and maintain healthy skin. Your gut is also lined with bacteria – both good and bad. Many nutritionists believe that your gut health is reflected in your skin. When gut flora are out of balance people experience allergies and overall inflammation. Antibiotic use, stress, travel, and poor diet can disrupt the balance of the skin and gut bacteria and cause red, puffy skin, rashes, inflammation, and even acne and psoriasis. A proper diet, rich in pre- and probiotics can help maintain your healthy bacterial balance and in turn give you healthy skin.
The challenge this week: Consume 1 serving of probiotic rich foods or a supplement every day.
What foods contain probiotics and how can you reach your goal?
- Yogurt (check label for live active cultures)
- Miso, tempeh and natto (fermented soy foods)
- Fortified foods like cottage cheese and/or other foods fortified with probiotics
- Probiotic supplements
For a delicious breakfast try this Blackberry and yogurt breakfast smoothie!