Dr. Whitney’s Picks
Genuine Health’s advanced gut health probiotic, 15 billion CFU daily care
Beauty is so much more than skin deep, as I often say. Your diet has a direct impact on the health and radiance of your skin. I encourage my patients to incorporate skin-friendly fermented foods and beverages such as kombucha, miso, kefir, and sauerkraut into their diets. I also encourage my patients to supplement their healthy diet with an oral probiotic to boost their skin’s glow.
The word “probiotic” literally means “for life.” Oral and topical probiotics support the health of the “good bugs” that make up our microbiome, to keep our gut and skin healthy. To keep it simple, among their many health boosting jobs, probiotics:
- fight bad bacteria in our gut and on our skin,
- help regulate our immune system by working to control inflammation, and
- support the healthy barrier function in both our gut and skin, preventing “leaky gut” (and “leaky skin”)
But, all probiotics are not created equal. Different strains of probiotics serve different purposes and, certain probiotics are much more effective than others. For example, the most studied families of oral probiotics are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.
Several strains of Lactobacillus have anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the risk of skin disorders from the inside out. They have also been shown to improve the strength of our skin barrier, keeping our skin nourished and hydrated. This family of probiotics has also been studied and linked to reduced UV-induced sun damage in the skin.
The Bifidobacerium strains also have demonstrated the ability to protect against sun damage. While I would not advocate replacing your sunscreen with a probiotic, used together, they offer enhanced sun protection! Of course, the more protection we have against UV rays, the lower our risk of skin cancer and premature signs of aging, such as wrinkles and brown spots.
To keep my signature “Bowe Glow”, I take a probiotic supplement every day and I encourage my patients to do the same to nourish their skin from the inside out! One of my favorite probiotics is made by Genuine Health. It’s called advanced gut health probiotic 15 Billion CFU Daily Care. This probiotic contains 15 strains chosen to mimic our gut flora and the capsules are delayed release, meaning they are protected from the stomach acid so they can survive all the way to the gut, where they have the maximum impact. Research has shown that this particular probiotic’s formulation and delivery system increases the delivery of live Lactobacillus and Bifidobacerium bacteria by up to 10x! They are also vegan, dairy free, gluten free, non GMO and soy free.