Prebiotics differ significantly from probiotics. While many of us are familiar with the term probiotics and “good bacteria”, it is easy to get confused about the difference between pre and probiotics.
If you’re wondering why we’re talking about prebiotics, probiotics and ‘good bacteria’ then read on…because it’s a key factor in helping you achieve clearer skin!
Pre or Probiotic…What’s the difference?
PROBIOTICS are live bacteria that occur in yogurts, other dairy products and can be delivered in pill form and often prescribed to people on antibiotics to treat the gastrointestinal side effects of medication. Although proven to help manage gastrointestinal conditions, these probiotic living organisms do not have quite the success rate as prebiotics.
Consuming sufficient probiotics can be unreliable as they need to survive the heat and acid conditions in the stomach . In many cases, it is impossible to ingest adequate amounts of probiotics for those of us who don’t consume dairy, whether through taste preferences or due to dairy intolerance. Plus what is “good bacteria” varies considerably from person to person; a good bacterial strain would be good for some people but for others it can have the opposite effect or have no effect at all.
PREBIOTICS are non-living, non-digestible forms of soluble fibre and can easily survive the heat and acid conditions in the stomach to which probiotics are so vulnerable.
Prebiotics are a specialised plant fibre which occurs naturally in lots of plants and vegetables. Prebiotics in the form of Oligofructose (or Inulin) selectively stimulate the growth and activity of your own “good” bacteria that exists in your large bowel or colon. So rather than introducing additional good bacteria it acts as a kind of natural fertiliser for your very own good bacteria, improving the ‘good to bad’ bacteria ratio in your body which has been shown to have a direct correlation to your overall health, from your stomach to your brain!
An extra benefit is that prebiotics are scientifically proven to increase bone density, strengthen the immune system and improve bowel regularity – lovely!
Improve your gut flora… for a clear complexion!
Speaking of which, did you know that prebiotics can boost your transit system which in turn helps you get clear skin? It may not be a glamorous topic but a healthy gut that regularly rids the body of toxins, bacteria and fungus is yet one more way to ensure your complexion is flawless.
Developing a healthy digestive system is recognised as a step towards all-over clear skin. It may not be something that you would associate with your beauty regime, but as we’re always being told: “You are what you eat”. And a regularly, well-flushed (excuse the pun) body means there are less toxins to be expelled via your skin, namely the bacteria that ultimately causes spots, oiliness, blemishes and an overall poor complexion.
Whilst the prebiotic fibre Oligofructose occurs naturally in lots of plants and vegetables, Chicory has one of the highest percentages, and this is the source we use in our help: clear skin PravENAC™ formulation.
Research shows that we should have 5g of prebiotic fibre daily for optimum digestive health as consuming sufficient soluble fibre gently assists in the expelling of yeast and fungus from your body, preventing them from being excreted through your skin in the form of acne and spots.
A daily dose of Oligofructose, one of the vital ingredients in our help: skincare range ensures you are looking after your skin from the inside, resulting in clear and youthful skin. If you’re one of the 1 in 10 people who suffer from a poor digestive system, you don’t consume enough soluble fibre in your diet and you don’t have the clear skin you’d like, then just one sachet per day of help: clear skin can provide your complexion with the valuable nutrients you need.
It’s so easy – pop a sachet of help: clear skin in your bag and mix into your favourite soft drink at any time of day and look forward to a revitalised body…and clearer skin!