Probiotics for eczema and healthy skin

Probiotics for healthy skin

Probiotics contain health-promoting bacteria, also known as microflora, which are naturally found in the gastrointestinal tract of healthy people. Microflora work by adhering to your gut wall and “policing” potentially harmful microbes so they can’t multiply and thrive. Beneficial bacteria promote healthy digestion and they can manufacture some vitamins including the B-group vitamins so they help to decrease the risk of nutritional deficiencies.
Unfortunately beneficial microflora are not always present in adequate amounts. Microflora imbalance or deficiency can be caused by a poor diet, sugar consumption, child-birth issues (candida, cesarean birth etc.), antibiotic use, illness, diarrhoea and/or poor health of the gastrointestinal tract. Microflora imbalance allows pathogens such as candida albicans to thrive and can increase the risk of food intolerances and itchy skin.

The best probiotics for your skin type and ailment

Probiotics should be used after you have taken a course of antibiotics, been ill, had diarrhoea, experienced an adverse reaction to food, or if you have compromised gut function, dandruff or candida albicans or fungal infestation.

Generally the beneficial bacteria in probiotics come from two groups, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Within these groups are different strains such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium animalis. Please keep in mind that the benefits from probiotics are strain-specific. For example the strain L. acidophilus LA5 does not treat eczema (it helps conditions such as candida albicans) but the strain known as L. rhamnosus GG was found to improve eczema symptoms in 50 per cent of children with eczema (Kalliomäki, M, 2001). 

Probiotics for eczema
Probiotics for digestive complaints
Probiotics for compromised immune system
Probiotics for candida albicans
Probiotics for allergies
Can babies be given probiotics?

Probiotics are generally safe for infants and there are formulas designed for babies and children. Speak to a nutritionist or health care professional regarding probiotics for your child.



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