Next time you have an annoying blemish pop up, you’ll probably wonder about the next magical cure to pimples. Home remedies? The most expensive cream on the shelf? A pricey spa treatment?
Some are turning to a different kind of skin treatment, one that starts from the inside of your gut. Even celebrities like Sofia Vergara are getting advice from their doctors to eat these foods for getting and maintaining great skin. While not magical, fermented foods are receiving praise for their blemish-fighting benefits.
Fermented foods are known to improve gut health because of the probiotics. But what most people miss is the connection from gut health to skin health. “If we have an unhealthy, unbalanced gut environment, toxins can be released into the bloodstream and cause inflammation throughout the body,” explains Dr. Dendy Engelman, Vergara’s dermatologist. “This shift in gut flora, and the subsequent inflammation, can cause a flare-up in the skin of those who are predisposed to acne, eczema or rosacea,” she continues.
Getting these beneficial probiotics is as easy as eating a tablespoon of sauerkraut a day. Or if you are looking to make a meal out of it, try these sauerkraut recipes like sauerkraut in coleslaw, sauerkraut on salads, or sauerkraut in hearty soups.