To keep your body in its prime, good digestive health is a must—and a healthy gut may even help improve your skin. You've probably heard about probiotics, the naturally occurring “friendly” bacteria, found in some foods and supplements.
These bacteria are thought to support our microbiome, the billions of organisms that live in our guts and on our skin. Scientists are only now discovering the many ways the microbiome plays a role in our wellness.
While antibiotics are used to wipe out bad bacteria, probiotics work to rebalance the microbiome. In other words, helping the good bacteria flourish may keep the bad bacteria in check.
Our understanding of the microbiome is just beginning. But that hasn't stopped probiotics from becoming the poster child for intestinal fitness, with yogurt steadily claiming its place in the celebrity-endorsed spotlight.
That said, it's important to note that probiotics are not a cure for acne or other skin conditions. Unfortunately, most of the beneficial bacteria in probiotics are killed in the digestive process before they can help.
But a growing body of research suggests that probiotic foods and supplements may have some benefit for a range of conditions. And yogurt isn't the only choice. In fact, many probiotic foods can be part of a healthy—and delicious—diet.
If it doesn't hurt and it might help, why not add some healthy deliciousness to your diet?