If you were to flick through the history books in fifty years time, it’s highly likely that 2019 would be a year defined by an obsession with: true crime podcasts, minimising our collective environmental footprint, and a whole litany of supplements aimed at good gut health and by virtue, a glowing complexion. Today we’re here to talk about the latter (although if anyone has good podcast recommendations, I’m all ears). Every time I open up a new tab, I’m presented with another article espousing the benefits of collagen supplements, and the words ‘prebiotics’ and ‘probiotics’ have well and truly taken up residency in my everyday vernacular. So, what’s all the fuss about?
The skin has long been viewed as an indicator of what’s happening inside our bodies
With thanks to the rise of the wellness industry—people are wising up to the ‘you are what you eat’ school of thought. If the eyes are the window to the soul, our skin is the window to the state of our gut health. In fact, in nutritional studies, the skin has long been viewed as an indicator of what’s happening inside our bodies—and moreover, whether there’s internal issues or imbalances. Along with a healthy diet and a solid skincare regimen, more people are turning to inner health supplements to help them with their dewy, glowing skincare goals. Gut health is skin health, after all.
So, what are the key players when it comes to inner health supplements and their benefits. Let’s find out below, shall we!
Interestingly, about 60 to 80 percent of our immune system lives in our gut. Imbalances in the gut’s microbiome lead to digestive issues, while side effects can be felt throughout the body—from feelings of fatigue to depression, thyroid dysfunction, autoimmunity, and a host of skin issues. Conditions like rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, and acne are really inflammatory conditions, and often a manifestation of something that is happening deeper within the body.
Probiotics refer to the live bacteria that we consume via food and supplements that help to support a healthy gut, our immune system and our overall health and wellbeing. Probiotics work to realign the digestive tract’s bacteria to aid with digestion and to help break down food. Since there is no perfect probiotic profile for every person, it’s best to follow a nutrient-dense, balanced diet including probiotic-rich fermented foods instead of taking a probiotic pill that includes only one strain.
Probiotic-rich foods that we should be incorporating into our everyday diet include: yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, miso, kombucha, and pickles.
I add a splash (15mls to be exact) of Imbibe Beauty Renewal to my water every morning to get my daily probiotic quota. And I've got to say, my skin is feeling more resilient and my hormonal breakouts are on the decline.
Prebiotics are types of dietary fiber that feed the friendly bacteria in your gut. They are non-digestible plant fibres that are resistant to digestion—they pass through the stomach and are metabolised by bacteria in the colon. They help the probiotics to flourish and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that some people’s conditions can benefit better when they take probiotics with prebiotics.
Prebiotic-rich foods that we should be incorporating into our everyday diet include: dandelion greens, jerusalem artichokes, garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, bananas, barley, oats, apples, seaweed and flaxseeds.
I’d be preaching to the choir if I started on about what collagen is and why it’s so vital to glowing, bouncy skin. Instead, I’ll point you in the direction of ingestible collagen and why it’s the next big thing in skincare. Oral supplements can help to support the body’s natural collagen production by being absorbed through the bloodstream. While studies are small-scale and infrequent at this stage, there have been some impressive studies done in the last few years that show how ingestible collagen can impact the appearance of skin (namely, an increase in skin elasticity, hydration and dermal collagen density, and a decrease in fine lines). Collagen is also great for gut health because the gut lining is made up of collagen, so if you have damage to the gut lining, collagen is what your body needs to repair and rebuild that lining.
I take Imbibe Miracle Collagen every morning. One scoop is all you need to add to your morning glass of water or coffee and it’s completely tasteless so no need to worry about your morning brew being tainted.