You can get that shine you’ve always wanted for your natural hair from Probiotics but they also add thickness to your tresses! If you noticed hair thinning as you age or by using relaxers, you may want to jump on the Probiotics fan train. I’ve been a fan of them ever since my RN sister made me try them a few years ago to get my “life right”. They may not always be in my fridge, but they are always on my mind especially when my gut ain’t acting right.
Probiotics is a a type of “good” bacteria. These live microorganisms help our bodies function properly and “a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria”, according to Harvard Health Publications.
With the surge in healthy eating from the knowledge on how our diet impacts our health and disease risk; probiotics have become increasing popular and the foods that contain them are getting good press. Now we have a few more reasons for wanting to add them to our daily intake. Our hair is directly benefiting from “good” bacteria.
Just about everyone knows Probiotics are helpful to the gastrointestinal tract, but they also give our bodies better absorption of nutrients that improve skin tone, gives you stronger nails and shinier hair. Probiotics help to keep the body balanced and according to Sylvie Prud’homme, a Toronto salon co-owner and hair expert, they also help with what she calls a “hair-killing inflammation” –stress! Probiotics improve your mood (lowers stress) and studies have shown that stress can cause chronic inflammation which our hair follicles can become negatively effected.
While studies have shown that Probiotics adds shine to hair from their positive effect on the bodies blood pH levels. NCBI, they also learned their use can lead to the thickening of hair. That same study showed (in mice) that probiotics can have the power to increase the number of hairs that grow by a dramatic increase in active hair follicles.
While these live microorganisms are naturally found in yogurt, sauerkraut, Miso Soup, Sourdough Bread, Tempeh and soft cheeses (just to name a few) not everyone is getting those foods into their diets and on a regular basis. We are seeing more Probiotics drinks and pills as a dietary supplement. I’ve tried the drinks (hated it!) and prefer the pills much better but they can be pricey! I’m finding them a tad bit cheaper by buying them on Amazon.com and other sites so make sure to shop around.
Do you take Probiotics? Tell me which brand you like below!!
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