In one form or another, we are all incorporating pre/ pro-biotics (and believe it or not there are postbiotics too) in our daily lives. However, the balance between the good, the bad and what facilitates the survival of the good while banishing the bad, is what constitutes a whole and healthy microbiome at the end of the day..
If you find the above a bit confusing, you’re not alone. Generally speaking, we as living beings have bacteria that exist in our bodies. The gut, the mouth and the skin all contain both good and bad bacteria.. It’s the formula that defines a general well being of a human. The right one means that the good bacteria outnumber the bad. Today we will explain more what that means..
What Are Prebiotics?
Prebiotics are nutrients that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in and on your body by feeding them, while starving and crowding out the bad bacteria that cause bad breath and body odor. Promoting their growth will help support a healthier balance of bacteria with more of the good and less of the bad.
Prebiotics Vs. Probiotics
Both probiotics and prebiotics work to promote a healthier microbiome, for the gut, mouth, or on the skin. The difference is that, while probiotics are bacteria known to be beneficial to the body, prebiotics are nutrients that promote the growth of the good bacteria that already exist in or on your body. Prebiotics are like fertilizers we use to help certain plants grow in more fully in our gardens. Allowing the good bacteria to thrive is important for maintaining a healthy balance.
What Is A Microbiome?
For things to nourish, there needs to be the perfect environment. Without the ideal surroundings and the perfect pH, your targeted subject will fail to thrive.. A microbiome is the ecosystem of microorganisms that is available in our mouth, underarms, hands, stomach and gut.. These areas on the body must support a unique ecosystem of microorganisms to thrive in each of those regions of the body. This will help promote the growth of a healthier balance of bacteria.
How Can You Reach Your Ideal Probiotic Balance?
We have previously discussed probiotics as supplements we ingest orally and to be honest it was a game changer to many. A lot experienced better gut function, less indigestion and bloating, as well as a noticeable improvement in the quality and texture of the skin.. Today, we are going to suggest other ways where you can reap the benefits of prebiotics topically by using products and cosmetics which are probiotics enhancers.. Remember, your microbiome is an invisible community of billions of bacteria and other microbes that live on the skin’s surface… Below, prebiotic products available in markets as we speak..
1 || Toothpastes and Mouthwashes
Besides the standard benefits toothpastes offer, of whitening, fighting tartar buildup, fighting cavities, and strengthening enamel, prebiotic toothpastes selectively feed beneficial bacteria in the mouth, and help reduce odor associated with bad breath.
2 || Deodorant
This product below includes the prebiotic xylitol and a post-biotic vegan yogurt extract, these formulas selectively feed beneficial bacteria in the underarm to help reduce odor. It delivers 48-hour odor protection while being gentle on skin.
3 || Body Washes, Bar Soaps and Liquid Soaps
Some prebiotic formulas have the ingredient inulin, which helps promote the growth of good bacteria while gently cleansing your skin.
4 || Facial Creams
Prebiotic skincare is safe to use and suitable for nearly all skin types, prebiotics preferentially feed existing healthy bacteria and prevent pathogenic organisms from colonizing. This leads to less inflammation and bacterial issues, like acne, and could potentially help with conditions like eczema.