The microbiome has been buzzing lately, and with good reason. Recent studies have shown that there is a link between the microbes in your digestive tract and everything that goes from your mental health to irritable bowel syndrome. Lately, we've found more evidence that increasing the number of "good bacteria" in your gut is a solid way to improve your overall health and well-being.
The health of the intestines is a new frontier in medicine and probiotics are proving to be a treatment for many modern diseases. Feeding the good beetles in your gut is a big step in improving your overall health ̵
What exactly is a skin microbiome and why should we take care of it?
"The skin biome is the ecosystem of microorganisms that live on the skin," says Jasmina Aganovic, President of the Biome-focused Mother Dirt product line. "Research shows that they may play a crucial role in how our skin looks, feels and how it works." Your skin is populated with millions and billions of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Just as the microbes in your gut have a greater impact on overall health, microbes on your skin, which is your largest organ, affect the look and feel – and its ability to act as a barrier between your body and the outside world serve.
Chicago-based dermatologist Toral Patel, MD, explains how important skin microbiology is, not just for skin health, but also for overall health. "A healthy microbiome can protect against skin infections by preventing the overgrowth of pathogenic organisms," says Patel. And it turns out that the microbiome of the skin can also ward off external influences and environmental factors. "It can also help control inflammation, promote wound healing, and act as a barrier to some allergens and environmental toxins."
Unfortunately, most modern hygiene practices ruin our microbiome of the skin. Antibacterial soaps, preservatives in topical products and just about every other aggressive chemical we apply to our skin can destroy the "good" bacteria in addition to the "bad ones". In fact, such a germ-phobic culture actually makes us sicker.
Holistic beauty nutritionist Paula Simpson explains: "Clinical research has shown that skin blemishes have a less-versatile microbiome of the skin, overflowing with pathogens and damaging stressors – compared to healthy skin. "
According to a recent study, skin conditions such as rosacea, acne and psoriasis can be caused by a microbe or aggravated imbalance. There is even evidence that a balanced skin microbiome can be effective in fighting some skin cancers. Other studies suggest an association between skin microbiotoma health and overall immune function.
So what can we do to protect our skin microbiome?
Simpson offers the following tips to keep the skin microbiome healthy and thriving:
1. Eat clean, high fiber foods – they are full of prebiotics.
Prebiotics contain carbohydrates that nourish the good bacteria so they can grow – examples are asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, garlic, oats and soybeans. By taking a diet rich in prebiotics, you will promote microbial diversity and promote the growth of healthy bacteria.
. 2 Consume probiotics rich foods daily.
Although there is no recommended daily amount of probiotics, health professionals recommend consuming about 1 to 10 billion live bacterial cultures (measured in colony-forming units or CFUs) per day. Get at least one serving of prebiotic and probiotic-rich foods every day.
. 3 Start by balancing the microbiome from the inside.
You can also supplement the diet of probiotic foods with nutritional supplements that can promote and sustain a healthy community of intestinal and dermal microflora. Be the best it can be and leave face with antibacterial soap ( or anywhere else on your skin). Eat nutritious, prebiotically packaged foods; and try to put good bacteria on your face (and in your stomach).
Kristi Pahr is a freelance writer and mother who spends most of her time caring for people other than herself. She is often exhausted and compensated with a strong caffeine addiction. See what she's up to on Twitter .