Filed under #LGG
Written by Vira Anekboonyapirom
Credit: Michaela Sparrow
Do we really need slippery elm and liquorice roots for gut health? Or milk thistle and turmeric for a healthy digestive system? We probably do, but surely there’s an easier way out. We almost have no time for eyeshadow every morning let alone the time to prime before our foundation so the thought of adding anything else into our routine before we rush out the door just isn’t going to cut it.
What are we suggesting? PROBIOTICS!
If you’re new to the world of prebiotics and probiotics as I am, read on as I chat with Naturopath and Anti-Ageing Practitioner, Michaela Sparrow, have I got your attention now?
Probiotics are types of live friendly bacteria which are already found in our gut and have shown to have significant health benefits on the body.
Prebiotics are the insoluble fibre that acts as food for the friendly bacteria in our gut e.g. Green tea, artichokes and asparagus
It’s important that we feed our friendly bacteria to keep the balance of good and bad bacteria in check!
We need probiotics to support the health of the microbiome in our gut and on our skin. Poor diet, stress, processed foods, medicine and alcohol all negatively impact the health of our microbiome.
The microbiome is a makeup of the bacteria, fungi and other microbes inside our body and not only is it found inside our gut, but it’s also found on our skin.
The bacteria in our gut and on our skin communicate, so when our gut is unhappy our skin will show it! So please, support your gut health to support our skin in reducing inflammation and fight oxidative stress (the imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants).
Did you know research shows that microbiome plays a huge role in immune function, hormonal balance and our moods (maybe my mood swings aren’t just because Mercury’s in retrograde but my microbiome may be unhappy and trying to tell me something?)
Now that we know prebiotics can be consumed through green tea and artichokes, how can we get our hands on more probiotics?
- Natural Yoghurt
Easy right? But if you think it’s as easy as going into any old chemist and grabbing a packet of probiotics then you’re sorely mistaken. “Not all probiotics are made equal and many have very basic and minimal strains of probiotics that won’t have a huge impact on our body”. Look out for high quality, low processed forms that contain a wide variety of strains.
WOAH, this is a lot of information to digest. So what we need to take away from all of this is:
- Prebiotics are a food source for our microbiome.
- Probiotics are a type of live friendly bacteria found in our gut.
- The microbiome is basically like a gang of bacteria, fungi and microbes in and on our body.
- We need to look after our microbiome in our gut and on our skin because they talk to each other, and if our gut is unhappy, then our skin will show it!
To keep everything in check, we need to drink green tea and kombucha, eat artichokes, asparagus, kimchi, sauerkraut and kefir. Great! What if we tell you, you don’t need to chew through kilos of kimchi to get results but instead, take a shot first thing every morning.
YES! Our #LGG answer to beautiful skin is Tummify.
Michaela is an advocate of Tummify as it’s a food source of probiotics, not highly processed, has a mixture of pre and probiotics including Kefir and has 13 strains of probiotics which is one of the highest amounts in Australia.
Disclaimer: this is not the cure, but an aid to beautiful skin. A healthy routine is advised, exercise, high fibre diet, plenty of sleep, and water in addition to probiotics contribute to beautiful skin from the inside out.
Tummify Probiotics $31.80 for 20 pack (weekly, fortnightly, monthly subscription, free delivery)
If you like natural Greek yoghurt then you’ll love Tummify!
It tastes just like a pot of natural yoghurt but not as thick. I personally wish it was slightly sweeter but that’s not the difference between loving or hating it; just a personal preference.
Tummify is low lactose as well, so the first couple of days I personally felt a little gassy but that could be because lactose doesn’t always agree with me. However, this did subside after a few days of daily use.
Must this mean my digestive system is welcoming Tummify with open arms?
Photography: Lucy Alcorn
Styling: Vira Anekboonyapirom
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