Why Probiotics Are Good For Your Skin

Image courtesy of probiotics.org.

Image courtesy of probiotics.org.

I was in Orlando recently, & attended a medical conference there concerning age management, wellness and skin health.  Several excellent lecturers discussed the relationship between diet and nutrition and the state of your skin and overall health.

Particularly interesting was exciting research related to the use of probiotics and omega-3 fatty acids (commonly known as fish oil) for skin and total body health.  After the conference, I asked Dr. Derrick DeSilva, one of the lecturers, more specific questions about the use of these supplements.  Results of our email communication is to follow.

Also during the conference, I met with several supplement companies that produce medical-grade versions of supplements for doctors and their clinics.  As a result, I have obtained a special deal with one company, Common Sense Supplements, for any of my patients who buy these supplements through their website.  I will link that info at the end of this blog post.

Approximately 60% of our total body immune systems reside in our intestines and the “good bacteria” are a key part of that system.  Probiotics are the supplements that add to and rejuvenate the “good bacteria” in our gut.  These bacteria are responsible for digestion of food and, of course, ultimately elimination of waste.

During the course of digestion, these bacteria release micronutrients contained within food that provide the building blocks of all systems within the body.  By various chemical reactions stimulated by bacterial digestion, the majority of B vitamins are produced.

Essentially, the skin is the largest organ in the body, and the biggest organ of elimination (sweat, oil).  As a result, our skin is a mirror of what is going on in our intestines, and that is largely affected by the work of “good bacteria”.

If our intestines are healthy, our skin will reflect it with healthy glowing skin.  Unfortunately, many of us are deficient in “good bacteria” because of the effects of antibiotics used for legitimate infections, in addition to antibiotics given to animals during their life to increase speed of their growth.

For that reason, probiotics taken daily can improve digestion, release of micronutrients and production of B vitamins.  People who take probiotics regularly report increased energy and overall better skin appearance.

fish-oilAnother important supplement for skin health is omega-3 fatty acids, or fish oil.  Fish oil is one of the best natural anti-inflammatory substances.

Having enough fish oil in your system can reduce skin inflammation and decrease swelling and redness in the skin.   Fish oil is also improves brain, heart and eye health as well as improving “good” cholesterol.

There is also lots of research being done about the use of Coenzyme Q10 for skin problems and skin health.  I am working on getting access to a skin cream containing CoQ10 which is reported to smooth skin and improve tone.

Now for the Maine Laser Skin Care special patient deal.  Thanks to my conversations with the Common Sense Supplements firm, you will receive free shipping on any order if you order through their website, www.cs-supplements.com, and use the coupon code MLSC at checkout.

I have personally obtained many of these products myself and am seeing many positive results.  Obviously, continue to use proper nutrition that is predominantly plant-based as well as protective skin care products I have discussed in the past (especially sunscreen).

If you have any specific questions concerning use of supplements, please do not hesitate to call or email us at Maine Laser Skin Care.  If I don’t know the answer immediately, I have multiple contacts to pursue on these areas of research and treatment.

As always, thank you for your readership.  Try www.cs-supplements.com if you take supplements or want to try these specific recommended products (probiotics, fish oil, CoQ10).  Don’t forget the coupon code at checkout, MLSC.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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