Delray Beach, FL (PRWEB) September 10, 2012
Skin needs several things to stay healthy and look its best, says HealthyAnswers.com in a recent alert. It needs water to stay well-hydrated and fight sagging; careful cleansing and moisturizing; a little sun protection; a healthy diet full of skin-loving nutrients; and at least 6-8 hours of sleep per night. All these things keep skin looking vibrant and young. Perhaps surprisingly, another thing that beautiful skin needs, says HealthyAnswers.com, is a healthy gut. Getting a healthy gut requires adding probiotics to the diet to aid digestion, vitamin absorption and overall intestinal functioning which slows down as people get older. They cite research noted in How Fermented Foods Aid Digestion, Madeline Vann, MPH, that states that fermented foods can be an excellent source of these probiotics which are good for digestion.
HealthyAnswer.com’s resident expert dermatologist, Jay Brachfeld, M.D. explains the importance of good gut health to beautiful skin: “Skin needs vitamins A, the B vitamins, C and D as well as the minerals copper and zinc to be healthy and look great. The ability to absorb these nutrients slows down with age. The nutrient absorption process depends on the amount of beneficial intestinal flora - or good bacteria – the gut has. Restoring the proper intestinal flora through supplemental probiotics can revitalize intestinal health and, in turn, skin beauty. Probiotics support the immune system which the intestines are the center of. They restore millions of beneficial bacteria to the intestines that a poor diet and lifestyle habits has weakened. They help fight Candida overgrowth from too much sugar or alcohol, antibiotics, or stress. Fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, organic sauerkraut, natto, etc, can also help recolonize the gut with good bacteria and improve the intestinal process.”
Read the entire article on probiotics and skin health here.
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