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Probiotics and Skin Care

      Skin care can feel like a never ending battle. Making sure your skin is moisturized but not too much, keeping it clean, but allowing for your body to build up its natural oils. It can all feel a bit overwhelming at times. You might even be aware of the fact that diet can play an important role in your skin’s health (as it does with most things). It’s easy to overlook probiotics when you think of skin care, but they are actually an important part. You’ve probably been hearing about probiotics more and more recently, about how important they are and how you should be eating yogurt and drinking Kefir to get the benefits of probiotics. Well that’s all true, but what exactly are probiotics? Let’s take a look at that, and look at how they can help with skin care.

      Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, provide a health benefit for the host. Probiotic bacteria favorably alter the balance of the intestinal microflora, inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, promote good digestion, boost immune function and increase resistance to infection. They’re a bacteria, but a “good” bacteria. Your body is full of bacteria. In fact there are approximately 10 times as many bacterial cells as human cells in the body. The majority of which are in the intestinal tract. They serve many functions, including digesting foods, manufacturing certain vitamins, as well as regulating our immune system.

      If your gut has flourishing colonies of “good” bacteria, you are better able to fight the growth of disease-causing, “bad” bacteria. Probiotics such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria maintain a balance of intestinal flora by producing organic compounds — lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and acetic acid — that increase the acidity of the intestine and inhibit the reproduction of many harmful bacteria. Probiotic bacteria also produce substances called bacteriocins, which act as natural antibiotics to kill undesirable microorganisms.

      That might be a lot to follow, but basically probiotics are keeping your intestines healthy, which enables your body to fight off the bacteria that makes you sick. So if probiotics are keeping your immune system functioning and healthy, what are they doing for your skin? Lets look into that.

      Certain skin conditions, such as acne and rosacea, are caused by inflammation. Probiotics help reduce inflammation by creating a type of barrier in the gut. A few small studies from Italy, Russia, and Korea have shown that probiotics both from food and supplements used in conjunction with standard acne treatments may increase the rate of acne clearance. What’s even more significant is that probiotics create a biofilm on the surface of the skin itself which prevents infection from bad bacteria and fungi. So, over washing with antibacterial soaps is a really bad idea and is likely a contributing cause of many skin issues, such as rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, and seborrheic dermatitis.

      Probiotics also help with anti-aging. There is evidence that probiotics can help to build collagen, the protein in skin that affects its texture and tone. Increased numbers of good bacteria may also help to hydrate aging skin, reduce sun damage, and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

      From skin conditions, to general skin care, probiotics offer benefits in a multitude of ways. It’s important to start adding probiotics to your daily diet. In addition to helping keep your immune system healthy, it will help your skin look it’s best. And when treating those tough-to-heal skin conditions, application of probiotic serums and lotions directly on the skin can help attack the problem from inside and out!

BIOM 25 billion: Alzheimer’s disease is associated with severe cognitive impairments as well as some metabolic defects. Resent research conducted by Kashan University of Medical Sciences indicates a link between probiotics and cognitive function. The study was published in open-access journal frontiers in aging neuroscience. The group taking the probiotic, had levels of hs-CRP (highly sensitive c-reactive protein, a powerful marker of inflammation) decreased by 18% indicating a dramatic reduction in neuro-inflammation. Load up on your beneficial bacteria and let them go to work! I recommend taking 1 to 2 capsules nightly with cold water right before bed.  

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Dr. Jenny P. Wilkins, NMD, CRA  

Dr. Jenny is a Naturopathic Doctor and clinical research associate. She is a successful entrepreneur as the CEO/Proprietor of AgeVital Pharmacies in Sarasota, Florida. She is a charismatic media personality and television producer with regular appearances on ABC, NBC, TBN, CBS, the CW and Lifetime. As a health and wellness expert and educator, Dr. Jenny lectures all around the world at various conferences about the endocannabinoid system and functional integrative healthcare and how natural solutions work to treat a multitude of diseases and illnesses. She authors books for healthcare practitioners and consumers and educates the healthcare community and individuals using her extensive research and findings about the endocannabinoid system.  

She is the President and Chairman of The American Academy of the Endocannabinoid System (AAECS) and sits on the Executive Board of Directors for the American Board of Medical Marijuana Physicians (ABMMP). Her expansive credentials include a Board Certification at The American Board of Anti-Aging Health Practitioners – (ABAAHP), a Diplomate of the AAIM College of Nutrition and a Board Certification with the (AAIM) Board of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Jenny is also a member of the American Academy Of Anti-Aging Medicine, serves as a senior business and financial advisor for Nuvusio, Conference Advisory Board Medical Chair of the Florida Medical Cannabis Conference & Exhibition (FMCCE) and the medical director for Biom-Pharmaceuticals and Chief Scientific Officer And Medical Director for M3-Biodynamics and M3-Innovations.  

 *Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. The views and nutritional advice expressed by AgeVital Pharmacy are not intended to substitute for medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician or give us a call and schedule a consultation with one of our providers. 

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