Just as important as taking multivitamins (if not more), are taking Probiotics and Prebiotics.

Pro and prebiotics are essential for improving and clearing acne. Probiotics are living good bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health and digestive system. Prebiotics are indigestible fiber that fuel our good bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics work together to reduce inflammation, lower stress, improve digestion and balance hormones. Soil-based organisms (SBOs) are a different class of probiotics that also help to balance and support our microbiome.

There are thousands of different species of bacteria living in our bodies, and different strains of bacteria provide different benefits. To repopulate the gut with good bacteria and re-establish a healthy lining / barrier, a wide variety of strains are best.

Deciding which ones to buy can be overwhelming. When choosing a probiotic formula, look for organic with a high CFU count (25-50 billion); strain diversity (5 strains or more); has prebiotics (food for our probiotics); SBOs; survivability (stomach acid resistant) and is shelf–stable / heat resistant.

Probiotics from yogurt does not count.

Yogurt is a dairy product and usually contains sugar, and has minimal strains of good bacteria.

I personally like Garden of Life and Ultimate Flora–but just go to Sprouts (or another local healthfood store) because they have a fabulous vitamin selection. Sprouts often does a quarterly 25% off sale for the entire vitamin department, call and ask when a sale might be coming up!

(Taking the pill-form is best–but grab some Kombucha as an added bonus! Or better yet, make your own.)”