The Beauty Benefits of Probiotics You Didn't Know About

By now, you probably know that probiotics are live (and good for you!) bacteria that have a ton of health-boosting benefits, especially your digestive system. And, when it comes to beauty, they have the amazing ability in helping to treat acne and rosacea, since they can decrease inflammation. But, beyond glowing skin and good digestive health, probiotics you take internally have quite a few other benefits when it comes to keeping you gorgeous:

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Antioxidant A-Lister

Simply put, probiotics protect the body—in a big way. “By normalizing, probiotics provide protection from allergens and chemicals that can trigger pro inflammatory reactions and conditions within the skin,” explains celebrity nutritionist Paula Simpson. “They help strengthen skin barrier function and there is solid clinical data that shows certain friendly bacteria act as major antioxidants that help to protect the cellular membrane component of cells.”

Body Boost

Another bonus of these beautifying bacteria: Their ability to keep you slim and trim. In a recent study reported on by the British Journal of Nutrition, the probiotic Lactobacillus gasseri, which can be found in miso, kefir and kimchi, was directly linked to a decrease in belly fat. “This is key in the prevention of many chronic diseases and even life-threatening metabolic syndrome. If that wasn’t enough, the presence of probiotics in the gut actually reduces cravings for things like carbs, sugar and alcohol,” celebrity nutritionist Cynthia Pasquella says.

Hair & Nails Helper

These beneficial little bugs work really hard at keeping the intestines clean and clear. “They attack foreign invaders to maintain healthy blood, which is essential for growing strong hair and nails,” Pasquella says.

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