Of Probiotics, Food & Skin

When the saying goes “You are what you eat,” you better believe it holds its own merit. If you’d like to have better skin, it starts from your gut. Yes, your digestion actually plays an important role in taking care of your skin so it’s not actually all skin care regimens and products. Probiotics are the good guys in your stomach that help keep your gut healthy. These good bacteria are naturally found within your body but can also be found in supplements and food.

For healthy skin, probiotics help reduce inflammation which is especially helpful for those with acne, rosacea and eczema. Probiotics also aid in anti-aging by supplying the body with nutrients needed to build collagen from within the body contrary to popular belief that you need to “apply” collagen onto the skin. Thankfully, probiotics taste just as good as any food. Here are some to keep your tummy and skin happy.

1. Yogurt

The most obvious one on top of the list. Look for natural yogurt that don’t contain added sugars because yogurts typically already contain sugar naturally though not a lot that’s why it’s more sour than sweet. You can boost the effects of yogurt by adding nature’s sweetener — honey. If you don’t already know, honey is an antioxidant so here’s another skin saving point plus it helps take away the sourness.

P/s: Yogurt bowls or smoothies make the best social media (and drool) worthy photos too! A hint for all you aspiring food Instagrammers out there.

2. Kimchi & Miso

Miso Soup Image via Margie Ambrosanio

Vegan? No problem. Kimchi & Miso are here to aid your probiotic needs. Kimchi contains naturally-occurring lactobacillus; a type of probiotic. Is this the secret to Korean’s glowy healthy skin? We’ll never know until we give it a try. You might not be able to handle the taste if you’re not a fan of fermented foods but add it into a quick soup dish and kimchi will serve as a healthy flavouring option rather than MSG. Miso on the other hand might be Japan’s secret to youthful looking skin. Probiotic-filled, Miso is a fermented soybean paste used in soups.

3. Tempeh

via Stacy Spensley

Another fermented soybean food type, you can easily find this in parts of Malaysia and Indonesia (even globally) so this is most likely the easiest and cost saving type of probiotic filled food for you. Careful not to deep fry tempeh too much or it will end up being too soggy from the oil. Can’t take it plainly? Look up for recipes of sambal which can be added to tempeh for additional flavour.

There you have it. A few probiotic filled goodies for healthy skin from inside and out. Know any other foods rich in probiotics? Leave a comment down below.