We know that probiotics are the healthy gut essential. The good live bacteria found in yoghurts, and supplements such as Inner Health Plus helps to fight inflammation in the gut, neutralising some toxins and helping to block others.

So what are probiotics exactly? Probiotics are the naturally occurring good bacteria that live in our gut and play a significant role in our total wellness. When we are healthy, our intestinal tract hosts over 100 trillion friendly bacteria, which aid digestion, boost the immune system, consume bad bacteria and limit the growth of yeast.

Probiotics aid in the maintenance of a normal healthy gastrointestinal system and digestive function. They help balance the ecosystem of the digestive system, ultimately with the goal of making the digestive system healthier and more efficient.

But did you know that the benefits of probiotics go beyond improved digestion?

In fact, bacteria…. (that is “good” bacteria) should be part of your everyday beauty and skincare regime.

Why? The anti-inflammatory effect of probiotics is hugely beneficial for your skin. Probiotics are key for anti-ageing and can also help with skin conditions such as acnerosacea and eczema.

The skin is our largest organ, and more often than not it’s the first indicator of our health, wellbeing and age.

The gastrointestinal tract and skin are both organs of detoxification. We need a healthy balance of good bacteria in the gut to break down food, absorb nutrients, and eliminate toxins. When our gut flora is unhealthy and out of balance with more “bad” than “good” bacteria, health issues arise. These include inflammation resulting in pimples and acne.

So in order to achieve a clear complexion, starting with the “gut” is a good idea.

The Beauty Chef is an Australian company whose products focus on glowing skin. The Glow Inner Beauty Powder combines natural ingredients to nourish and enhance the skin from the inside, giving a healthy glow on the outside. This blend combines 23 super foods that have an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The ingredients go through a fermentation process to ensure bioavailability. This process breaks down foods making them easier to absorb into the body, and naturally creates probiotics. The Beauty Chef recommends one 5g serving per day.

Probiotic Foods also offer a great range of probiotic foods for…. “everyone, women, kids, gluten/fructose intolerant, with probiotic foods with protein and for pets”. Their range all include certified organic foods with prebiotics and probiotics. The key ingredients are; spirulina, adzuki beans, chickpeas, chia seeds, quinoa, sunflower kernels, goji berries, broccoli, quinoa, spinach, dandelion root and more (depending on which you choose), and have all been through a natural fermentation process using organic bacteria. The Probiotic Foods blends can be added to smoothies, juices, water or sprinkled on recipes.

Amazonia offers their Raw Probiotic Grass Fed WPI in two flavours; Cacao & Coconut or Vanilla & Almond. This whey protein powder is sourced from New Zealand grass fed cows, offering a premium protein powder with the added goodness of sprouted and fermented pea fibre for digestive support.

Now although many of you know Vida Glow for our marine collagen. We also offer the Beauty Blend, which is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, protein and probiotics working together to strengthen the immune system and give you a glowing complexion.

The ingredients of our Beauty Blend are Raw Cacao, Blueberries, Chia Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Flaxseeds, Manuka Honey and Probiotics Lactobacillus Acidophilus & Bifidocacterium Lactis. These have been carefully selected by our nutritionist to maintain and enhance healthy hair, skin and nails.

We’ve included probiotics in our Beauty Blend as we recognize the importance of them as the good gut essential for health and vitality. Probiotics help the absorption of minerals and strengthens the immune system; which are needed for absorption of nutrients for healthy skin and formation and regeneration of collagen. Simply sprinkle two teaspoons daily over cereals, porridge, yoghurt or even salads. It’s also ideal to combine into smoothies, or enjoy in plain water.

All the blends mentioned above address beauty from within, at Vida Glow we truly believe that beauty begins from our diet and lifestyle – that nourishing our bodies from the inside creates glowing results on the outside.

If you’d like to try a natural facemask remedy which also has healthy probiotics we recommend using natural cold Greek yoghurt as a mask, and leaving it on for 10 minutes. FiveAM do a delicious thick and creamy style Greek yoghurt that will nicely do the trick.