Last Updated on March 15, 2021 by Alice Pien, MD & Asher Milgrom, PhD
Americans spend over $40 billion on weight and digestive products each year. Do you think about what you are putting into your mouth?
As part of your health regimen are you making sure you have healthy bacteria in your diet? Beneficial bacteria is crucial to keeping your digestive system on track. Probiotics are quickly gaining popularity to help improve overall health and specifically for the digestive tract.
Probiotics can be found in nutritious foods and are also available in a pill form. The pro-life bacteria is described as living microorganisms that produce digestive benefits for the host. Nutrition, including probiotics, is also one of the best home remedies for acne.
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are defined as “friendly” beneficial bacteria that provide specific benefits when consumed as food products or supplements.
Most of these beneficial bacteria reside in the colon, where they carry out various beneficial metabolic processes. These bacteria support fermentation of carbohydrates such as cellulose, pectin and starches, producing energy from otherwise indigestible substances. Beneficial symbiotic bacteria are also necessary for synthesis of some vitamins, such as vitamin K, and the absorption of essential minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium.
Strains of bacteria found in probiotics help to digest lactose, a milk sugar found in dairy products. This alleviates symptoms of lactose intolerance, which occurs in 5-15 percent of American and North European populations and as high as 50-100 percent of African, Asian, and South America populations.
Of special interest, is the production by these bacteria of short-chain fatty acids. These include butyrate, acetate, and propionate. Acetate and Propionate, after being absorbed in the gut, may play a role in glucose metabolism by increasing sensitivity to all available insulin. All three of these short chain fatty acids stimulate epithelial cell differentiation in the large and small intestine, a process that replaces the worn out cells in the walls of the intestine with newer, healthy cells.
Probiotics = Healthy Epithelial Cells (Skin)
Healthy epithelial cells provide a protective barrier against pathogenic organisms as well as an effective surface area for efficient absorption of essential vitamins and nutrients. This is one of the many benefits of taking probiotics for your skin.
It is believed that the effects of short chain fatty acids produced by beneficial bacteria help to protect against diseases such as ulcerative colitis and colon cancer. Beneficial bacteria also help to shape the composition of the gut associated lymphoid (immune) tissue and stimulate the immune system. They protect against unhealthy bacteria and yeast overgrowth by preventing attachment to the gut lining and competing for space and food sources. Probiotic supplements reinoculate the gut with beneficial bacteria in people who have taken or are taking antibiotics, and limit growth of harmful yeast organisms.
Which Strains of Probiotics are the Best?
Though there are somewhere between 300 and 500 different species of bacteria that colonize the human gut, only a few specific strains have been extensively studied and proven to provide benefit. Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium are recommended as effective probiotic strains.
To receive the benefits of taking probiotics, they should be taken in doses providing at least 5-10 billion live organisms per day. Manufacturers should guarantee that the number of live organisms claimed on the package remain viable through the expiration date of the product.
How Probiotics Benefit Your Skin
Your skin is your bodies first protective barrier against outside toxins. Beneficial bacteria serves as a natural defense to potential unhealthy bacteria. The healthy form of bacteria also helps maintain your pH balance, which will stop your skin from becoming too oily or too dry.
In a recent article by Beauty Stat editors explain why probiotics are a crucial part of a skin care regimen. Some of the benefits of taking probiotics are that they can reduce cell damage by up to 50 percent, according to Beauty Stat. The healthy bacteria can also boost cell renewal by up to 70 percent. In addition, Beauty Stat claims that probiotics can improve the skin’s immune system, protect collagen and rehydrate your skin. Overall, experts believe that probiotics can ease the aging process.
Probiotics in Skin Care
At AMA Regenerative Medicine & Skincare we recommend several incredibly beneficial probiotic products. Our doctors not only recommend the use of these products after one of our innovative multiple-modality laser procedures, but also for every day use to help maintain your skin’s overall health.
Eminence’s Clear Skin Probiotic Masque is available in our clinics and online at Amazon. The daily deep-cleansing system from Eminence should be applied to a damp face. You should then allow the product to sink into the skin for 5-10 minutes before rubbing it in a circular motion using a clean cloth and then thoroughly rinsing.
Call AMA Regenerative Medicine & Skincare today to learn more about adding probiotics into your daily skin care regimen or to set up a FREE consultation.
About the Authors
Doctors Alice Pien, MD and Asher Milgrom, Phd are established pioneers in the fields of Regenerative Medicine and Skincare. Their expertise ranges from advanced laser systems to HCT/P – Stem Cell medicine. Their medical education and advanced certifications span from medical schools of NY State University, the University of Chicago, to Johns Hopkins, Harvard and UCLA. They approach medicine with the clinical expertise of over 85,000 successful treatments over the past 20 years and significant scientific research resulting in proprietary protocols that they customize for each individual patient.