When most women evaluate their health, they look at a few numbers, weight, waist measurement, blood pressure, cholesterol and maybe BMI. However, there is another important number most don’t consider, yet it is vitally important: the number of healthy bacteria in their digestive system. This key number plays a vital role in a woman’s health, from a healthy immune system to glowing, radiant skin to increased energy levels.
Probiotics have nearly reached “celebrity status” these days, with almost every other commercial on television featuring a product claiming to have them. There are billions of these beneficial microflora, also known as active cultures, living in the intestines that are important for digestion, the absorption of vital nutrients and a host of other activities. Having a sufficient level of these good bacteria is one of the most important signs of optimal health. All the nutrients the body uses to rebuild and repair are absorbed in the intestines. Thus, intestinal health is the foundation for nourishing all bodily systems.
Research shows these beneficial bacteria have a very positive role in balancing overall health. Not only do they assist with digestion and keeping other harmful bacteria at bay, but have been found to help the body absorb the B-vitamins that are essential for energy, healthy nerves, skin and hair.
How you take care of your internal health plays a vital role in how you look on the outside, as well. Just as the body needs the nutrients absorbed by the GI tract, so does your skin. Skin is the largest organ of your body and it takes the biggest toll. From environmental toxins, sun damage, aging and stress, the skin is constantly under attack. Just as external environmental forces play a role, free radicals and too much bad bacteria attack the skin internally. This onslaught of free radical damage, both inside and out, cause an increase in wrinkles, eczema, blemishes and premature aging.
That is why it is important to help protect the skin and replenish nutrients that have been unnaturally stripped. One of the best ways to improve your body’s internal balance is through supplemental use. Probiotics are “friendly” bacteria that help support the better utilization and bioavailability of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Probiotics also increase healthy flora in the intestines. Although there are billions of these active cultures in the colon, many things can deplete their numbers, including a poor diet, stress, disease and some medications like antibiotics.
By taking probiotics and maintaining a natural balance of bacteria in your digestive system, you will not only improve your outer appearance, but may also prevent digestive problems and other health concerns. So if you are looking for a clear complexion and natural glow, start from the inside! I recommend a product encased in the “Pearl” technologies such as Enzymatic Therapies or one with at least a 20,000 CFU (colony forming units) count.
Do you have any advice on the best Probiotics? Possibly a good brand, etc?
We highly recommend Dr. Ohhiro’s brand, Megan!
Thank you, very much!
What a wonderful article, one which hits very close to home for me. I contracted the deadly C-Diff bacterium when I was 16, over 5 years ago.
Due to weeks of misdiagnosis, by the time a Dr. realized I had C-Diff, it had already destroyed almost all of the healthy bacteria in my intestines. While antibiotics stopped the C-Diff bacteria from spreading further, months of taking the Probiotic Culturelle regrew all the good bacteria that the C-Diff had killed off. I suffered some minor permanent damage to my intestinal lining, but without probiotics it could’ve been much worse.
I will certainly be looking for Dr. Ohhiro’s brand the next time I have a flare up.
I also had C-Diff about 5 months ago. I took three different kinds of antibiotics over a period of 2 months, and they completely wiped my intestinal tract of all healthy bacteria. I still have serious digestive issues, which my GI doctor is trying to figure out. Since your comment in May, have any of the probiotics mentioned above helped?
Hi Rachel, check out our posts from Cultures For Health too about eating cultured foods – super important!
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